Cox, Darrah and Sorensen Punch Their Tickets to Eugene for NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Max Darrah

May 24, 2013

WASHINGTON - The second day of the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships East Prelim was a banner day for the Hoyas with three of the five athletes to step on the track advancing in their respective events to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships final site. The Hoyas had five athletes participating in two events today at Irwin Belk Track on the campus of North Carolina A&T in Greensboro, N.C.

All-American Chelsea Cox has proven yet again that she is among the elite athletes in the country as she returns to the final site of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, this year in Eugene, Ore.

Cox was part of the 24-person women's 800-meter quarterfinal today that was broken up into three heats. The top three from each heat plus the next three times advancing to the semifinals in Eugene. Cox won the third heat with a time of 2:07.20. A mere 0.26 seconds separated the top three from the heat.

The men's 3,000-meter steeplechase is a three-heat semifinal with the top three from each heat and the next three best times advancing to the finals in Eugene. Three Hoyas were in the semifinals with Dylan Sorensen and Ryan Gil competing in the second heat and Max Darrah competing in the final heat.

Darrah guaranteed his own fate as he finished third in his heat to qualify automatically for the finals with a time of 8:47.82. Darrah stayed with the lead pack for the entirety of the race but really started to hit his stride in the fifth lap as he recorded the fastest split between the 1,812-meter and 2,208-meter mark (1:06.31) and again from the 2,208-meter and 2,604-meter mark (1:07.19). Darrah's time was ninth-fastest time overall.

 

 

Sorensen and Gil were both in heat two and stayed with each other for the entirety of the race. Both were in the front of a group that seemingly didn't spread too thin throughout the race. With the three auto qualifiers from the heat each splitting sub 1:05 over the final 394 meters, the trio was a lock, all breaking 8:50.00 for the race (8:43.46, 8:47.19, 8:47.44). Sorensen and Gil battled down the stretch with Sorensen edging out Gil with a time of 8:50.29 besting Gil's 8:50.52. Sorensen was the final qualifier on time with Gil recording the 13th-best time in the field, narrowly missing a trip to Eugene.

Andrea Keklak also competed in the women's 800-meter quarterfinal today. Running in the first of three heats, Keklak timed in at 2:08.41, taking seventh in her heat.

The Hoyas will continue at the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships East Prelim in Greensboro, N.C., tomorrow for the final day of the three-day meet.

More Headlines
Men's Track & Field Tabbed Ninth in Program of the Year... The Georgetown University men's track & field / cross country program is... Track & Field Tallies Eight All-America Honors Following ... The Georgetown University track & field team secured eight All-America honors... White Finishes Third in 800m as Hoya Men Finish 16th at... The Georgetown University track & field team had another stellar day to close... Hoya Men Finish Third in DMR, White Advances to Finals at... The Georgetown track & field team had a successful day at the 2017 NCAA...
Shop Now
Auctions

#HoyaSaxa

widget powered by zoomph

Schedules

March 24
All Day
Raleigh Relays
Raleigh, N.C.
March 25
All Day
Raleigh Relays
Raleigh, N.C.
March 31
All Day
Stanford Invitational
Palo Alto, Calif.
March 31
All Day
Florida Relays
Gainesville, Fla.
March 31
All Day
Colonial Relays
Williamsburg, Va.
April 1
All Day
Florida Relays
Gainesville, Fla.
April 1
All Day
Stanford Invitational
Palo Alto, Calif.
April 1
All Day
Colonial Relays
Williamsburg, Va.
April 8
All Day
Miami Alumni Invitational
Miami, Fla.
April 8
All Day
George Mason Spring Invitational
Fairfax, Va.
April 13
All Day
Mt. SAC Relays
Walnut, Calif.
April 14
All Day
Mt. SAC Relays
Walnut, Calif.
April 15
All Day
Mt. SAC Relays
Walnut, Calif.
April 21
All Day
Virginia Challenge
Charlottesville, Va.
April 21
All Day
Cardinal Classic
Palo Alto, Calif.
April 22
All Day
Virginia Challenge
Charlottesville, Va.
April 22
All Day
Cardinal Classic
Palo Alto, Calif.
April 27
All Day
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 28
All Day
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.
April 29
All Day
Penn Relays
Philadelphia, Pa.