June 10, 2010
On the second day of the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Track in Eugene, Ore., Thursday, three student-athletes earned All-America honors, while 10 student-athletes and two relays advanced to their respective event finals.
Wisconsin’s Dorcas Akinniyi finished fifth in the heptathlon, which wrapped up on Thursday afternoon. The freshman totaled 5,506 points and recorded the highest finish by any freshman in the field. Classmate Mohammed Ahmed scored a fourth-place finish in the men’s 10,000-meter run final, crossing the line in a time of 28:57.44, also the highest finish by a freshman. In the field, Indiana’s Jeff Coover finished tied for fifth in the men’s pole vault, clearing 5.30 meters.
The conference stood out in Thursday’s distance events, sending four to the 1,500-meter run finals and three to the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase final. In the men’s mile, Ohio State’s Jeff See will join the Wisconsin pair of Jack Bolas and Craig Miller in the final, while Minnesota’s Gabriele Anderson advanced out of the women’s prelims. In the steeplechase, Indiana’s Sarah Pease, Penn State’s Bridget Franek and Purdue’s Sarah Klaczynski advanced to Saturday’s final.
Other qualifiers for their event finals include Illinois’ Andrew Riley (110-meter hurdles), and Penn State’s Aleesha Barber (100-meter dash) and Shavon Greaves (200-meter dash), along with the Iowa men’s 4x400 meter relay team and Penn State women’s 4x400 meter relay team.
Day 3 of the NCAA Championships is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. PT with the second half of the decathlon.