June 8, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. - On the first day of the 2016 NCAA Track & Field Championships, the Georgetown track & field program had a solid performance highlighted by All-American Darren Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) advancing to the steeplechase finals for the second-consecutive year. The four-day meet, held at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon, is being broadcast live in its entirety on the ESPN family of networks.
"We went four-for-four on our guys competing today," Director of Track & Field Michael Smith said. "This meet gets harder every year and the field is more talented than the year before. We are proud that we are competing against the very best. Our guys looked smooth and they are running some of their best races in June -- that's exactly what we want from them."
Broadcast Information (all times Eastern)
Thursday, June 9: 7:30 p.m.-8 p.m. (ESPNU); 8 p.m.-10:30 p.m. (ESPN); 1:30 p.m.-11:30 p.m. (ESPN3)
Friday, June 10: 8:30 p.m.-11 p.m. (ESPN); 3:30 p.m.-11 p.m. (ESPN3)
Saturday, June 11: 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. (ESPN); 2:30 p.m.-9 p.m. (ESPN3)
In the second of a two-heat semifinal, All-American Darren Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) and Scott Carpenter (Lenox, Mass./Lenox Memorial) lined up to attempt to earn one of five automatic bids to Friday's final. Fahy spent the entirety of the race among the top five while Carpenter moved his way through the field among the top seven. With 1,200 meters to go, a lead pack of seven started to form with Fahy and Carpenter both in the mix. As the field pushed up the final straightaway before the bell lap, Carpenter slipped back while Fahy started moving into a better position. Following a jump on the back straightaway, Fahy moved into second and would not relinquish his spot as he cruised to a time of 8:36.24 to ensure a spot in the finals. Carpenter finished eighth in the heat with a time of 8:48.19.
In the 800-meter semifinals, All-American Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic) ran a new personal record (PR) as he clocked 1:46.66 to finish fourth in the second heat, but it was not enough as he was edged out of a time qualifier spot from the faster first heat. White made strong moves over the final 400 meters as he was able to pick off runners on the back straightaway and into the final turn.
All-American Jonathan Green (Berlin, Mass./Saint John's High School) made his second-straight appearance in the 10,000-meter finals. The pace of the race was streaky as the field stayed together for the majority of the race, never really thinning out. Green toyed with the front for a bit but slipped back to the middle of the pack before making a move to the front with 11 laps remaining. Green would stay toward the front until the pace picked up with four laps to go and Green got pushed further back. He clocked 29:44.42 over the 25-lap race.
Thursday on the Track (all times Eastern)
7:46 p.m. - Women's 1,500-Meter Semifinals (Keklak)
9:14 p.m. - Women's 800-Meter Semifinals (Keenan, Schmidt, Southerland)
Friday on the Track (all times Eastern)
8:54 p.m. - Men's 3,000-Meter Steeplechase (Fahy)
Saturday on the Track (all times Eastern)
10:25 p.m. - Women's 5,000-Meter Finals (Coogan)
TBD (based on semifinal results)
This is the second-consecutive year Darren Fahy has advanced to the 3,000-meter steeplechase finals.
Joe White set a new PR by one-hundredth of a second, besting his 1:46.67 from the Stanford Twilight Meet in April.