Big Ten Performers Advance To Saturday's Finals At NCAA Track & Field Championships




June 11, 2004

AUSTIN, Texas - The third day of competition at the 2004 NCAA Men's and Women's Track & Field Championships wrapped up with additional Big Ten student-athletes advancing to Saturday's finals.

The following is a brief recap of each school's performance on Friday:

ILLINOIS

Abe Jones and Adrian Walker advanced to the finals of the 400m hurdles today at the NCAA Championships. In what has become a back-and-forth battle between the two sophomores, Jones overtook Walker for the fastest time run by an Illini this season after he ran 50.00s to eclipse Walker's season-best time of 50.01s.

Jones' time now stands as the second fastest time in UI history with both runners looking to run sub-50 second races in tomorrow's final. In their heats, Jones placed third, while Walker ran second with his time of 50.28s. After watching today's performances, Illini head coach Wayne Angel was ecstactic with the races Jones and Walker ran.

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INDIANA

David Neville, the 200 and 400-meter Big Ten champion and Aarik Wilson, the Big Ten triple jump champion, accomplished what they set out to do as each Hoosier qualified in their respective event to advance to tomorrow's finals.

Neville will have a shot at earning an NCAA title in the 400-meters after he took a ninth-place finish in the prelims with a time of 46.12. Wilson, who placed third in long jump Thursday, also landed a spot to compete after he turned in a mark of 16.39m (53-09.25) in the triple jump to put him in fourth- place heading into tomorrow's finale.

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IOWA

Shellene Williams, Russ Peterson, Brad Daufeldt and Peaches Roach competed in the third day of competition at the 2004 NCAA track and field championships on Friday. Roach competed in the high jump finals, Daufeldt threw in the discus finals, Peterson ran in the 400-meter hurdles preliminaries and Williams competed in the 400 meter preliminaries.

Roach placed 11th in the high jump, tying a season-best mark of 5-11 ?? (1.81 meters). Roach had an amazing freshman season, winning Big Ten Championships in the high jump at both the indoor and outdoor meets which gained her Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors. She placed 15th at the NCAA indoor championships as well.

Teammate Shellene Williams will end her successful Hawkeye career on Saturday in the 400 meter finals. Williams qualified for the finals on Friday with a time of 52.65. She placed third in her heat and has the eighth fastest qualifying time heading into the finals.

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MICHIGAN

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MICHIGAN STATE

Senior Sherita Williams broke her own school record in the triple jump while advancing to Saturday's finals during the third day of competition Firday.

On her third and last attempt of the day, Williams soared 43-7 3/4 to place seventh in the preliminaries, becoming one of the 12 finalists. In the process, she broke her own school record of 43-5 which she set at the NCAA Mideast Regional meet. Williams, who was seeded 14th entering the competition, had jumped 42-10 1/4 on her first attempt, which would have been good for 10th, and fouled on her second attempt.

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MINNESOTA

Karl Erickson placed fifth in the discus to become the first Golden Gopher to capture All-America honors this season, as the junior landed a throw of 192 feet, 3 inches.

The All-America honor is the third of Erickson's career but his first in the discus, despite winning the last three Big Ten titles in the event. His first two All-America citations were in the shot put, an event in which he will chase his third honor on Saturday.

Mitch Potter advanced to Saturday's final in the 400-meter dash, and junior Travis Brandstatter stands in fourth place after the first day of the decathlon with 4,033 points.

Golden Gopher senior Monica Stearns closed her collegiate career with a 20th-place finish in the pole vault, after clearing 12-feet, 9 1/2 inches.

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OHIO STATE

Day No. 3 of the NCAA Track and Field Outdoor National Championships saw three Buckeyes turn in oustanding performances at the University of Texas and its Mike A. Myers Stadium. Senior Joel Brown was the only Buckeye to compete in a final of an event, placing third and breaking his own OSU record in the men's 110-meter hurdles. The women featured a pair of Buckeyes who advanced in their second events at nationals in junior Rosalind Goodwin in the triple jump and Amarachi Ukabam in the discus. In the team standings, the OSU men currently rank in a tie with Indiana and Florida State at 13th place with six team points. The women are knotted with several teams at 34th place with three points. Team standings are through event No. 42.

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PENN STATE

Senior Chi-Chi Aduba posted a leap of 21-0 to take sixth in the long jump and earn the fourth All-America title of her career late Thursday night. The 2004 Big Ten and NCAA East Regional Champion in the event, Aduba struggled for much of the day but managed to grab the last of nine qualifying positions for the finals. She used it to post her best jump of the day on her first finals attempt and move up to a sixth place finish. Aduba earned her first outdoor All-America title to go with three earned indoors in the triple and long jumps. She ends her collegiate long jumping career at Penn State as the school record holder with a mark of 21-6 posted this season.

Senior Connie Moore claimed seventh in a very fast 100-meter final Friday night at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by the University of Texas.

Now a 10-time All-American, Moore posted a time of 11.37 and was just edged out of a top three finish in a very tight field. Miami's Lauryn Williams, who defeated Moore for the 2004 East Region title, won the NCAA title in a time of 10.97, second only to her wind-aided preliminary time of 10.94 in the world this year.

A three-time Big Ten Champion in the event, Moore earned her third All- America honor at 100 meters, having also finished fifth in 2003 and ninth in 2002. She closes her collegiate career in the 100 as the Penn State record holder with a mark of 11.21.

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PURDUE

Shaun Guice (men's high jump), Keith McBride (men's hammer) and Amber Ferner (women's 3000 steeplechase) were idle on Friday as their performances during Thursday's action advanced them to Saturday finals.

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WISCONSIN

Demi Omole finished fifth in the 100 meters at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships to lead the University of Wisconsin men's team into a sixth-place tie in the team race. The Badgers have scored 10 points after six events.

Omole set a UW record of 10.15 seconds to earn his first All-America honor. He broke the previous best of 10.18 set by Michael Bennett in 2000. Tyson Gay of Arkansas won the race in 10.06.

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