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    South Carolina's Rucker Takes Eighth in 400m Finals

    EUGENE, Ore. – Sophomore Erika Rucker captured eighth place in the women’s 400-meter dash finals on the third day of the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships in front of a crowd of 10,128 at historic Hayward Field.

    In a field that featured five returning finalist from the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships, Rucker was unable to get the race that she wanted.  Her time of 53.20 placed her eighth in the field, the best for a Gamecock since Brandi Cross placed seventh in 2010.

    After passing on the first bar in the women's pole vault competition, junior All-American Petra Olsen was unable to clear a bar after entering the competition at 13'3" ½ (4.05m).

    Tomorrow, the Gamecocks wrap up their trip to Eugene on the fourth and final day of NCAA Outdoors. Senior Breanna Radford and junior Jeannelle Scheper will take the field for the Gamecocks on Saturday. Scheper will make her second-career NCAA Outdoor Championships appearance at 3:45 p.m. ET in the high jump with Radford making her debut in the shot put at 4 p.m. ET. 
     



    Georgia's Miller Earns Runner-Up Honors in the 400m

    EUGENE, Ore. --- Georgia true freshman Shaunae Miller finished second in the 400-meter dash finals to be one of two Lady Bulldog scorers on the third day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Friday.
     
    Miller topped her own school record of 51.57, which was set during the semifinal round, with a time of 50.70 in the 400 finals to add eight points to Georgia’s total.  Miller captured the 2013 NCAA indoor championship and will finish her first year scoring a combined 18 national points.
     
    Senior Lucie Ondraschkova was the second Lady Bulldog to score in the meet’s third day.  She moved into the No. 2 spot in the school record books with a personal-best heptathlon score of 5,859 to take seventh.  
     
    Ondraschkova, whose final tally scored two points for the Lady Bulldogs, recorded a pair of career-best times in the 100-meter hurdles and 200 to give the Georgia women their best score since Hyleas Fountain set a school record with 6,033 in 2004.
     
    With the two scorers on Friday and freshman Freya Jones’ javelin title on Wednesday, the Lady Bulldogs have scored a total of 20 points to put themselves in sixth.  Kansas (48), Oregon (33), Arizona State (26), Stanford (25) and LSU (23) make up the top five on the women’s side.
     
    For the men, Georgia is in a six-way tie for 37th place.  USC (32) and Texas (32) are leading with Arkansas (30.50), Florida State (21.50) and Texas A&M (21) rounding out the top five.
     
    “Our goal coming into this meet was to finish in the top five and now we are fighting for a spot in the top 10,” said head coach Wayne Norton.  “It was bittersweet to finish with a second-place finish in the 400 to score eight points.  It is big for a freshman to score eight points, although she was the top 400 prospect coming out of high school so I wish the world would have gotten to see her best.  
     
    “This reminds us that we have to continue to get even more fit and be ready for a meet of this magnitude.  We have to concentrate in that high jump (on Saturday) to try and scrap for more points.”
     
    Senior Saniel Atkinson-Grier and freshman Leontia Kallenou are the two Georgia team members left to compete.  The pair will battle in the women’s high jump at 3:45 p.m. ET on Saturday.
     
    To open Friday’s heptathlon competition, Ondraschkova traveled 19 feet, 10 ¾ inches on her first try in the long jump before answering that effort with a mark of 20-0.25, which was fourth.  This is the second-best mark of Ondraschkova’s career as she scored 880 points.
     
    Ondraschkova set a season-best mark in the javelin to score 649 points as she tied the second-longest throw of her career.  She lifted the javelin 128-2 and continued to situate herself in seventh place going into the heptathlon’s final event.
     
    The Opava, Czech Republic, native wrapped up her final collegiate heptathlon by finishing fifth in the 800 with a 2:16.04.  This scored 878 points and secured her first points in the outdoor multi-events after advancing to four consecutive NCAA Outdoor Championships.
     
    “I am glad for Lucie since she has been to this meet all four years and has now finally cracked into the scoring ranks,” Norton said.  “Points are so scarce at this meet I am overjoyed with getting those two points from Lucie.  Her performance helps us keep within a prayer of being in the top 10.”
     
    Sophomore Morgann Leleux, who was the runner-up at both the 2012 NCAA indoor and outdoor meets, tied for 13th in the pole vault after clearing 13-7.25.  The 2012 and 2013 SEC champion cleared her first height before passing at 13-9.25.  Leleux then missed all three attempts at 13-11.25 and did not break into the top eight scoring spots.
     
    Leleux had a trying year after suffering a detached retina during the indoor season and the subsequent surgery to correct it.  This injury kept her out of action for several months.
     
    Live results and a recap from each day of the NCAA Championships will be found at georgiadogs.com.



    Aggie Men Score 21 to Move into 5th Place

    EUGENE – On the first day of scoring opportunities for the Texas A&M men at the NCAA Championships, the Aggies totaled 21 points in four events. In women’s finals a pair of A&M freshmen scored 10 points. 
     
    Heading into the final day of the NCAA Championships at Hayward Field, USC and Texas share the men’s team lead with 32 points each. Arkansas is in third place with 30.5 followed by Florida State with 21.5 and the Aggies with 21. There have been 13 finals scored, eight more remain.
     
    Deon Lendore (44.94) and Henry Lelei (8:23.16) each set career best times in placing second in the 400 meters and 3,000-meter steeplechase, respectively. Ameer Webb placed sixth in the 100 with a 10.14 while Dalton Rowan finished seventh in the discus with a mark of 195-4 (59.53).  
     
    Saturday finals for Texas A&M men include Dave Brown in the triple jump, Sam Humphreys and Devin Bogert in the javelin, Webb in the 200, Wayne Davis II in the 110 hurdles, Lelei in the 5,000 meters and the 4x400 relay.
     
    LaQue Moen-Davis scored in her second final this weekend by placing third in the triple jump, with a windy 44-8 (13.61), after finishing eighth and getting one point in the long jump on Wednesday. Jennifer Madu placed fifth in the 100 with a career best time of 11.31.
     
    The Aggie women now have 11 points and are tied for 16th place. Kansas is the team leader through 13 finals with 48 points as Oregon follows with 33. Arizona State (26), Stanford (25) and LSU (23) round out the current top five teams.
     
    On tap for A&M women on Saturday are finals in the 4x100 relay, Kamaria Brown and Olivia Ekpone in the 200, Donique’ Flemings in the 100 hurdles and the 4x400 relay.



    Bougard, Muir Shine for Mississippi State

    EUGENE, Ore. – Between the two, Jody-Ann Muir and Erica Bougard have garnered an impressive collection of accolades. 
      
    Friday at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Hayward Field, they grabbed even more hardware. 
      
    Bougard, a sophomore from Byhalia, Miss., captured a fourth-place finish in the heptathlon with a school-record 5,976 points, breaking the mark of 5,786 she set last year. 
      
    Muir, a senior from Jamaica, placed sixth in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.56. 
      
    As a result, the Lady Bulldogs find themselves in 24th place overall with 8 points. Kansas is first with 48 points, followed b Arizona State and LSU with 26 and 23 points, respectively. 
      
    “I was wanting to get third, but I’m proud of what I did and breaking the record,” said Bougard, the indoor pentathlon champion. “This was a great experience and to score was a goal I set.” 
      
    For the heralded Muir, it was her last event donning the Maroon & White. 
      
    “It’s been a great experience,” the All-American said. “I would liked to have left here with a personal best, but this is a great place to compete, and I’m proud of all I’ve achieved.” 
      
    In other MSU action, sophomore Marcus Jackson placed 10th in the high jump at 7-02.50. 
      
    Saturday, action concludes with Jason Harper in the triple jump and Piotr Antosik in the javelin. 
      
    “I’m so proud of what Erica and Jody-Ann achieved today,” MSU coach Steve Dudley said. “Both wanted to do even better, and I love the competitiveness each have the inner-drive they possess.” 



    Four Gators Score on Third Day of NCAAs

    EUGENE, Ore. - Four Gators scored Friday on the third day of the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, led by freshman Arman Hall (Pembroke Pines, Fla.) who turned in a podium finish in the men's 400 with a collegiate-best 45.02, tying Geno White (2000) for fifth all-time in Florida program history.
     
    With Hall's finish, the rookie became just the 13th freshman in NCAA history to finish in the top three in 92 years of the event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Hall joins former Gator All-American Tyrone Kemp (2nd - 1989) as the only other Gator freshman to earn a podium finish at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the men's 400 meters.
     
    Joining Hall in scoring in the men's 400 meters with sophomore Hugh Graham, Jr. (Miami, Fla.), who finished sixth with his time of 45.57, just .01 off his personal best set in the semifinals of the event Wednesday. Graham, Jr. and Hall are both members of Florida's men's 4x400-meter relay and will compete in the finals of the event Saturday.
     
    "Just an awesome job by everyone today," Florida head coach Mike Holloway said. "For the men, I felt that Arman 'Gino' Hall and Hugh Graham, Jr. both did an excellent job in the 400, finishing third and sixth. For Gino to come into his first NCAA championships and run a personal best as a frosh speaks volumes about his future here at UF. Hugh has had a great year and has established himself as one of the premier 400 runners in the country."
     
    Senior Ugonna Ndu (Newark, N.J.) finished her collegiate hurdles career on a high note Friday, finishing fifth in the women's 400-meter hurdles final with a time of 56.13, just .01 her personal best set at the 2013 SEC Outdoor Championships. Ndu ran the third leg of the women's 4x400-meter relay Thursday and should be in the lineup for the finals of the event Saturday afternoon.
     
    Sophomore Ciarra Brewer (Union City, Calif.) survived a scare in the preliminaries of the women's triple jump, utilizing a mark of 13.36m/43-10 (+1.5) on her final jump after two fouls to advance as one of the final nine competitors and receive three additional jumps. Brewer then jumped to fifth place overall in the event after her final jump of 13.53m/44-4.75 (+2.7) to score four points for the Gators and advance to the finals of the event for the second consecutive season.
     
    "Extremely proud of Ugonna Ndu finishing an awesome senior season which has seen her set personal bests in all her events," Holloway said. "Finishing fifth in the 400 hurdles, running right at her personal best, she just had a great race.
     
    "I'm also proud of CiCi Brewer for fighting through a hamstring injury and coming up big on her final jump to finish fifth in the triple jump," Holloway noted.
     
    "We have been talking to our women's team about believing in themselves and competing at the level of this meet," Holloway continued. "I felt that both CiCi and Ugonna did that today."
     
    The four-day meet concludes Saturday, June 8. The Gators have six scoring opportunities Saturday, including four on the men's side and two on the women's.
     
    "We have set ourselves up to have a great finish to the national meet," Holloway commented. "We have some very strong events for us tomorrow and I am very excited to watch the Gators compete Saturday."
     
    For the men, the Gators kick things off in the triple jump put as senior Omar Craddock (Killeen, Texas), who was recently named the USTFCCCA South Region Men's Field Athlete of the Year, will look to defend his NCAA title in the men's triple jump, contested at 12:30 p.m. PT. Joining Craddock on the runway will be sophomore Marquis Dendy (Middletown, Del.), who will jump last in the first flight of the event while Craddock will jump last in the second flight.
     
    The Gator men's 4x100-meter relay will start Saturday on the track for the Orange and Blue, racing at 2:12 p.m. PT on ESPNU. Junior Eddie Lovett (West Palm Beach, Fla.) will be next for the Florida men on the track with his final of the men's 110-meter hurdles, contested at 3:16 p.m. PT Saturday. Lovett won the NCAA hurdles title indoors in 2013 and ran an all-conditions best in the event Friday with his time of 13.29 (+2.1). The men's 4x400-meter relay, who ran a season's best 3:02.64, the 10th-fastest time in UF history.
     
    For the women, All-American Cory McGee (Pass Christian, Miss.) will race in her third straight NCAA final in the women's 1,500 meters at 2:19 p.m. PT. The Gator women's 4x400-meter relay will compete at 3:43 p.m. PT Saturday to close women's events at the meet, having advanced to the finals with a new lineup and their second-best time of the season at 3:30.48.
     
    "As always we want to make the Gator Nation proud and show everyone why it's great to be a Florida Gator," Holloway finished.
     
    The Gator men are the defending NCAA Outdoor Champions and have placed in the top three at the last four NCAA Outdoor Championships, while the Florida women recorded a third-place finish at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
     
    A program-record 28 qualifiers made the trek from Gainesville to Eugene as 14 women, 11 men and three relays will represent the Orange and Blue at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon. The women are tied with host Oregon for the second-most qualifiers at the NCAA Championships, while the men are also tied with the Ducks for the fourth-most qualifiers in Eugene.
     
    Along with the new program record, the 15 Gator women (14 individuals, one relay) qualified for NCAAs is also a Florida record and the 13 UF men (11 individuals, two relays) is the second-most qualifiers in program history. The Orange and Blue qualified a UF record 16 men in 2011.



    Alabama Earns a Pair of Fourth Place Finishes

    EUGENE, Ore. – The Alabama track and field team earned a pair of individual fourth place finishes on the third day of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships being held in Eugene, Ore., at Hayward Field this week. 
     
    “We had another great day,” UA head coach Dan Waters said. “Everybody is competing so hard and it shows. That’s one of the things that I really like about this team. They set the tone – they go out there and compete hard at every meet, I mean every single time out.”
     
    Junior Diondre Batson blazed to another career-best time in the finals of the 100-meters, crossing the line at 10.01 to take fourth place. With his finish, he becomes the first Crimson Tide to score in the 100m at the NCAA Championships since Emmitt King and Calvin Smith in 1983, reigniting the Tide’s sprint fortunes in the process. 
     
    “It was an impressive run,” Waters said. “He went out there and just gutted it out. I’m more than happy with the way he’s competed so far.”
     
    Batson also passed King, the 1983 NCAA 100m champion, for second all-time at Alabama, standing just behind Olympian and world record holder Calvin Smith. Since joining Alabama for the spring semester in January, Batson has shaved nearly a tenth of a second off his career-best 100m time.
     
    “At Alabama, we have great coaches, great facilities – everything is making it easy for me to run fast,” Batson said.
     
    Senior Alexis Paine cleared her first four heights on her first attempt before topping out at 14 feet and 3 ¼ inches, earning fourth place, the highest individual national finish of her career. 
     
    “I wish I had gotten over that last height, but I cleared every other bar on the first attempt, so I have to be happy,” Paine said. “I took a spill a few weeks ago, so it was nice to come back from that, and clearing all those heights on the first attempt was confidence booster.”
     
    When Waters and the new coaching staff came in prior to Paine’s junior season, she changed her focus to the pole vault and the results speak for themselves. With one indoor season left, she has bettered the school record numerous times, scored at two NCAA Outdoor Championships and the 2013 NCAA Indoor meet.
     
    “As an athlete, Alexis has made amazing strides from where she is now from where she started when we got to Alabama,” Waters said. “She’s a super person and an amazing competitor, and she’s courageous, which is all you can ask from any athletes.
     
    The Tide’s other competitor on the day, freshman Justin Fondren, took 13th in the high jump with a mark of 7 feet and ½ inch after coming into the meet seeded 20th.
     
    “I was really proud of the way Justin went out there and competed hard,” Water said. “This week and this experience gives him a great foundation going forward.”
     
    Alabama’s men are currently in 23rd place with nine points while the women, on the strength of Paine’s five points, are in 32nd place. 
     
    On Saturday, the final day of the championship, Batson, junior Alex Sanders, junior Akeem Haynes and senior Dushane Farrier will race for a national title in the 4x100m relay while freshman Imani Brown will compete in the triple jump.  The UA women finish off the meet with seniors Krystle Schade and Wilamena Hopkins in the high jump and shot put, respectively. 
     
    “I can’t say enough good things about our meet so far,” Waters said. “Now we just have to close it out on Saturday.”



    Arkansas in Third After NCAAs Day Three

    EUGENE, Ore. – Stanley Kebenei paced the No. 2 University of Arkansas men’s track and field team Friday at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships with a bronze finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. The Razorbacks are currently in third place in the team standings with 30.5 points. Arkansas’ points on day three came from Kebenei, Caleb Cross in the 400-meter hurdles, Akheem Gauntlett at 400 meters, Leoman Momoh at 800 meters and Anthony May II in the high jump. 
     
    “We put points on the board and that was a good thing,” head coach Chris Bucknam said. “Not quite as many as we had hoped, but our kids are really battling hard and giving it every ounce of effort that they have in them and I’m really proud of that. It’s an incredibly tough meet and we just have to keep our head down and do our best tomorrow.”
     
    In a race controlled by the three-man lead pack, Kebenei finished in third place in the event final of the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a personal-best time of 8:24.45. With that performance, he moved into second place on Arkansas’ all-time performance list, trailing only the school-record effort of Daniel Lincoln. Kebenei knocked more than 11 seconds off his previous best of 8:36.08 which he ran at the NCAA West Preliminary two weeks ago in Austin to qualify for the national meet.
    The Razorbacks also picked up a program top-10 performance from May in the high jump. In the team’s only field event of the day, he finished tied for fourth place with a final clearance of 2.24m/7-4.25. The effort improved upon his personal best which previously stood at 7-1.75 and moved the Hoover, Ala., native into sixth place on Arkansas’ all-time list. He is the first Razorback to eclipse the 7-4 barrier since the 2000 season.
     
    Momoh added a fifth-place finish in the event final of the 800 meters, crossing the finish line in 1:47.86 to add four points toward the team’s overall score. The time is the third fastest of his career. Momoh qualified as the top performer in the semifinal round Wednesday with his personal-best time of 1:47.44. The Razorback senior was making his NCAA Outdoor Championships debut.
     
    Teammates on the Razorbacks’ 4x100- and 4x400-meter relay team, Cross and Gauntlett each had eighth-place finishes in their respectively results. Cross was up first on the track and finished the event final with a time of 51.54. Gauntlett crossed the finish line in the final of the 400 meters with a time of 46.10. Both Arkansas seniors are set to return to the track Saturday for the relay finals.
     
    Dwayne Golbek, in the first NCAA appearance of his career, was 13th place overall in the high jump and tied his career high with a clearance of 2.15m/7-0.5 It was his first clearance of the seven-foot barrier since the Arkansas Twilight during the 2012 season.
     
    Arkansas will have a total of four scoring opportunities on the final day of competition at the NCAA meet. Along with the Razorbacks’ two relays, Kemoy Campbell will make his NCAA outdoor debut in the final of the 5,000 meters and Tarik Batchlor is scheduled to compete in the triple jump. The triple jump will be the first event of the day for Arkansas’ men at 2:30 p.m. (CT).
     
    In addition to live results from Flash Results and an interactive blog, the meet will be broadcast with coverage windows spread among Pac-12 Live Stream, WatchESPN and ESPNU. For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Fans can also keep up with Arkansas cross country and track and field through the team’s sport-specific RazorbackTF Facebook and Twitter pages.



    Arkansas Women Sit in 13th After Friday

    EUGENE, Ore. – Makeba Alcide capped her collegiate heptathlon career with a school-record performance on day three of the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Through the first three days of the national meet, the Razorbacks are in 13th place with 15 points. The team’s points Friday came from Alcide’s runner-up finish, a fifth-place finish by Regina George at 400 meters and a sixth-place result from Sparkle McKnight in the 400-meter hurdles.
     
    Competition at the NCAA Championships will draw to a conclusion Saturday where the Razorbacks will have four more scoring opportunities to boost their score. The action begins at 2:45 p.m. (CT) with the high jump which will include Alcide and Kirsten Hesseltine. Arkansas will have also have points at stake at 1,500 meters with Stephanie Brown, in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with Grace Heymsfield and the team’s 4x400-meter relay.
     
    With a collective effort Thursday and Friday, Alcie reset her own school record which she previously set at 5,968 points last month at the SEC Championships in Columbia, Mo. The score was the first 6,000-point effort of her career and makes Alcide the first runner-up in NCAA Championships history to score more than 6,000 points.
     
    “Overall it was a pretty good meet, great competition and the best person won,” Alcide said. “It was a PR for me and my first time over 6,000 (points) so that was pretty good. My downfall was the high jump. I only jumped 5-11 and lost about 200 points. I had a pretty good long jump and had PRs in the hurdles and 800 (meters). Everything else was consistent. I’m a little disappointed, but still happy and thankful that I scored over 6,000.”
     
    Alcide began the day as the overall leader in the heptathlon. In the long jump, the Razorback senior posted an all-conditions outdoor best of 6.05m/19-10.25 but her lead shrank due to better marks from the group right behind her in the standings. Alcide had a season-best effort in the javelin with a measure of 34.65m/113-8 on her second-round throw. But she relinquished the lead and was in second place entering the 800 meters, trailing the leader by 139 points.
     
    Needing to beat Lindsay Vollmer of Kansas by roughly 10 seconds and finish within approximately 3.5 second of Erica Bougard of Mississippi State, Alcide responded with a personal-best run of 2:12.05 at 800 meters. She finished the meet with four all-conditions PRs. The Razorback senior will compete once more as a collegiate as one of Arkansas’ two entries in the high jump Saturday.
     
    The Razorbacks first points of the day came from McKnight who opened competition on the track with a sixth-place finish in the event final of the 400-meter hurdles. The Arkansas junior posted a time of 56.16 to collect three points and put the team on the scoreboard. That time is the second fastest of her career, trailing only the school record of 55.75 she posted at the conference meet in May.
     
    In the fourth and final NCAA individual final of her collegiate career, George ran to a fifth-place finish at 400 meters. She finished with a time of 51.97, just .01 out of the fourth spot. She and McKnight will return to the track Saturday for the final of the 4x400-meter relay with teammates Gwendolyn Flowers and Chrishuna Williams. The foursome has a season-best time of 3:28.42 from the Texas Relays in March.     
     
    In addition to live results from Flash Results and an interactive blog, the meet will be broadcast with coverage windows spread among Pac-12 Live Stream, WatchESPN and ESPNU. For more information regarding Razorback track and field or University of Arkansas athletics, please visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com. Fans can also keep up with Arkansas cross country and track and field through the team’s sport-specific RazorbackTF Facebook and Twitter pages.



    Young Sets Ole Miss Record in 100m

    EUGENE, Ore. – It didn’t go exactly as Isiah Young planned it, but the Ole Miss senior had a fantastic performance in the NCAA Championships 100 meter final, placing third with a blazing time of 9.96 on Friday evening.
     
    Young’s 9.96 lowers his own school record of 9.99 set at the NCAA East Preliminary two weeks ago. TCU’s Charles Silmon crossed the finish line first in 9.89 and Florida State’s Dentarius Locke was runner-up in 9.91. There was a 3.2 meters per second tailwind for the race.
     
    The third-place finish by the Junction City, Kan., native earned his team six points to bring the Rebel men’s total to 16, which is tied for ninth in the team standings heading into Saturday’s final day of the meet. His third-place result is also the best in school history in the 100 meters at the NCAA Championships. Mike Granger previously had the best finish with a seventh-place effort in 2011.
     
    Young will now turn his attention to Saturday’s 200 meter final (4:50 p.m. CT, ESPNU), the distance at which he is the two-time defending Southeastern Conference champion and a 2012 London Olympian. He placed fourth in the 200 at last year’s NCAA outdoor meet.
     
    The lone Rebel female at the championships also turned in an outstanding performance on Friday.
     
    Junior Mary Ashton Nall earned 14th place in the heptathlon with a huge personal best of 5,562 points. She remains third in school history with that score, which is just one point shy of her teammate Fabia McDonald’s 5,563 for second-best in the Ole Miss record books.
     
    Over the two-day competition, Nall recorded personal bests in the 100-meter hurdles (13.77), 200 meters (24.90), long jump (18-11.25) and javelin (141-6). She closed strong in the final two events, as her javelin throw was fourth-best out of the 24 heptathletes and her 800 meter run of 2:17.76 was eighth-best.
     
    The final day of the championships will see Young’s senior counterpart, Morris Kersh, compete in the men’s triple jump starting at 2:30 p.m. CT. Kersh is making his second appearance at the NCAA outdoor meet. He also made it in the triple jump in 2011.



    Evans Claims Discus Bronze Medal for Kentucky

    EUGENE, Ore. – Andrew Evans picked up the Kentucky track and field team’s first six points of the NCAA Outdoor Championships, claiming the Bronze Medal in the discus throw on Friday at Hayward Field.
     
    Evans’ top throw, which traveled 62.78 meters / 206 feet, went nearly 10 feet further than any competitive throw of the UK junior’s career prior to Friday.
     
    “I got into the final in ninth place so I was sweating it pretty bad, but I knew I had a big throw in me,” Evans said. “I ended up switching disks, which made a huge difference. I found one that I really liked. It feels really good because it is the culmination of a lot of things.”
     
    Evans didn’t connect on a big throw during the preliminary flight as his best mark of the opening three attempts was his third, traveling 58.89m / 193'2". That mark got him an additional three throws as the ninth and final qualifier into the final by one inch.
     
    “I was feeling some nerves that I hadn’t felt all year so that was a little bit different for me, but I knew that I could hit at least 58 meters high at the very least.,” Evans said. “That is what it took to get into the final, so I feel pretty fortunate.”
     
    He failed to improve on the fourth throw, but then launched a bomb 62.32m/204'05 on the fifth attempt to move from ninth position into third. Evans’ third attempt was a then--personal best by 7.21 feet.
     
    Evans found the zone as the competition reached its most pressure-filled moments, improving on the final attempt, but remaining third overall to finish the competition.
     
    “I am extremely proud of the way Andrew Evans battled back, using his final three throws to move from ninth to third place,” head coach Edrick Floreal said. “His personal best effort got us six big points.”
     
    Evans’ PR mark moved him up a spot into fourth place on the UK all-time performers’ list, two inches short of 2008 SEC Discus Champion Chase Madison.
     
    Chelsea Oswald was 24th in the 5,000 meters final with a time of 16:48.90.
     
    “We have to turn the page on our misfortunes, and focus our attention on Ray Dykstra in the javelin and Keith Hayes in the 110-meter hurdles,” Floreal said.
     
    Pac-12 Network will stream the Saturday action online from 3:30 – 5 p.m. ET, and that coverage should include Raymond Dykstra in flight one of the men’s javelin. 
     
    ESPNU will pick up the broadcast at 5 p.m. That coverage window will include Keith Hayes in the 110-meter hurdles at 6:16 p.m. ET.
     
    Southern California and Texas are tied for the men’s team standings lead with 32 points each through 13 events scored. Kentucky is tied for 28th with six points.
     
    Kansas leads the women’s team standings with 48 points. UK will not score on the women’s side at the 2013 NCAA Championships.
     
    The top eight finishers in each event earn points toward the overall team score. The points are assigned as follows: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.