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LIVE BLOG! 2011 NCAA East Preliminary Championships - Saturday Edition!

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It's the final day at the Robert C. Haugh Track & Field Complex in Bloomington, Indiana! Every race today could mean a trip to Des Moines, Iowa for the NCAA Track & Field Outdoor Championships, so good luck to all of our Hoyas! You can watch all the action via the live stream or keep up with the live results - both linked below.

 

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10:02 p.m. FINAL UPDATE!

Great week for the Hoyas. I've gotta run to the bus now so HOYA SAXA! And hopefully I'll be blogging from Des Moines!

 

9:47 p.m. UPDATE

Deidra Sanders on the chase with the anchor leg.

 

9:46 p.m. UPDATE

Chela Green takes over third leg.

 

9:45 p.m. UPDATE

Through the first exchange the Hoyas are competing for fourth place with London Finley handing off to Amanda Kimbers.

 

9:31 p.m. UPDATE

We're just about to start heat two of the women's 4x400. The Hoyas are in top three. A very fast first heat looks like it may take an automatic time for the Blue & Gray to secure a spot in Des Moines.

 

9:13 p.m. UPDATE

As the men's 5K second heat goes on, I'm going to take this moment to congratulate two great performers and I apologize to Hoya readers that I'm not going to talk about members of the Blue & Gray. This is probably a rare place to acknowledge these two athletes, but it must be said that Villanova's Sheila Reid had an outstanding team performance today in the women's 5k as she sacrificed a chance at first place as she did not turn in a full kick but rather made sure that teammate Bogdana Mimic also qualified for Des Moines. The second accolade goes to Liberty's Sam Chelanga. I've watched this student-athlete for years and he's simply a machine. The two-time cross country national champion is unreal in distance events and watching him has been my pleasure. He is so consistently on in the distance events, it is quite amazing.

 

9:08 p.m. UPDATE

Andrew Springer officially ran a 14:42.44 to finish 16th in his heat.

 

9:04 p.m. UPDATE

Andrew had a tough time as the field hit their stride and fell out of the lead pack with about four laps to go. As he began to separate, it was hard as he was running on his own for a while. I missed his time on the board but will report it as soon as I know it.

 

9:01 p.m. UDPATE

In the event that you are not watching the live stream and you don't regularly check the site and don't know who our NCAA qualifiers are. I'll give you a little photo collage of who has qualified thus far. Don't forget - we've still got Andrew Springer running the 5K and then the women's 4x400.

 

Below: Emily Infeld

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Below: Chris Kinney

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Below: Madelin Chambers (left) and Rachel Schneider (right)

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Below: Renee Tomlin

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Below: Chelsea Cox

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8:52 p.m. UPDATE

Andrew Springer is in the top eight with six laps to go. This is her first season of eligibility for the Hoyas.

 

8:45 p.m. UPDATE

The men's 5,000 has started and we've got Andrew Springer competing in this heat. Emily Infeld's time is the second-best in school history only to Suzanne Girard's 15:45.86 set in 1984.

 

8:40 p.m. UPDATE - Emily Infeld is going to Des Moines!

With an outstanding time of 15:55.50, Emily Infeld just won her heat of the women's 5,000 and is going to Des Moines for the NCAA Championships! Infeld was in the lead pack for the entire time and on the bell took over first place and split 66 over the final 400 for the win. Congratulations Emily!

 

8:39 p.m. UPDATE

Emily moves into first on the bell!

 

8:38 p.m. UPDATE

Emily Infeld tucked in for second with two laps to go behind Emily McLeod.

8:36 p.m. UPDATE

With three laps to go Emily moves into second place!

 

8:33 p.m. UPDATE

There is now a clear lead pack and Emily is in it with just under six laps to go.

 

8:30 p.m. UPDATE

With eight laps to go Emily is in the top eight right now.

 

8:25 p.m. UPDATE

And we've started the second heat of the women's 5,000. Emily Infeld starts off in the lead pack with 11 laps left.

 

7:46 p.m. UPDATE

Amanda Kimbers ran a good race facing a headwind and finished seventh in her heat with a time of 24.23.

 

7:21 p.m. UPDATE - Chris Kinney is going to Des Moines!

With a time of 13.83 and finishing third in his heat, Chris Kinney automatically qualifies for NCAA Championships!

 

7:17 p.m. UPDATE - Madeline Chambers and Rachel Schneider are going to Des Moines!

OFFICIAL word - it was taking a while as there seemed to be some sort of discrepancy. But, it is now official that Madeline Chambers and Rachel Schneider are going to Des Moines as they were the two to qualify on time - 4:20.00 and 4:21.08, respectively - in the second and much faster heat. The count is up to four! Next up to watch is Chris Kinney in the men's 110 hurdles. Go Hoyas!

 

6:45 p.m. UPDATE

Madeline Chambers finishes sixth with a time of 4:20 flat. The second heat seemed to be the faster of the two so she should get in on time. I'll let you know as soon as they are official!

 

6:43 p.m. UPDATE

Bell lap - The pack is starting to separate. Chambers is in the front pack!

 

6:42 p.m. UPDATE

Still in it - two laps to go. All three Hoyas in the middle of the pack. We'll see how the pace quickens.

 

6:41 p.m. UPDATE

Through 300, all three Hoyas are in the mix - three laps to go!

 

6:40 p.m. UPDATE

Okay, now it's time for heat two. Madeline Chambers, Rachel Schneider and Lauren Borduin are in the mix. Let's send some more athletes to nationals!

 

6:37 p.m. UPDATE - Renee Tomlin is going to Des Moines!

Renee takes third and automatically qualifies (4:27.01) for the semifinals to be held in Des Moines, Iowa!

 

6:36 p.m. UPDATE!

Bell lap - Tomlin moved up on the outside on the home straight. It's getting very quick now!

 

6:35 p.m. UPDATE

With two laps to go, Renee is staying outside and a little back.

 

6:33 p.m. UPDATE

The first heat of the women's 1,500 has started. Renee Tomlin is in this heat with the top five going automatically. We've got 1,200 meters left!

 

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Our schedule today is as follows:

6:30 p.m. - Women's 1,500 quarterfinals: Renee Tomlin in heat 1 of 2 and Rachel Schneider, Madeline Chambers and Lauren Borduin in heat 2 of 2

7:20 p.m. - Men's 110 hurdles quarterfinals: Chris Kinney in heat 1 of 3

7:35 p.m. - Women's 200 quarterfinals: Amanda Kimbers in heat 2 of 3

8:05 p.m. - Women's 5,000 semifinals: Emily Infeld in heat 2 of 2

8:45 p.m. - Men's 5,000 semifinals: Andrew Springer in heat 1 of 2

9:25 p.m. - Women's 4x400 quarterfinals: Georgetown in heat 3 of 3

 

Stay tuned for all of the coverage from Bloomington!

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