June 9, 2016
EUGENE, Ore. - On a rainy day in Eugene, Ore., the Georgetown University track & field team competed on the second day of the 2016 NCAA Track & Field Championships, a four-day meet held at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon. The championships, in its entirety, are being broadcast live on the ESPN family of networks.
Broadcast Information (all times Eastern)
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)
The Hoyas started the day with All-American Andrea Keklak (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury/Princeton) competing in the second of a two-heat 1,500-meter semifinal. Keklak, a versatile competitor who has competed in national finals ranging from the half mile to the mile, competed in what would prove to be the slower of the two heats, making it necessary for her to clinch one of the top five spots to advance to the finals.
Keklak stayed among the top group for much of the race, but when the top four started to pull away, Keklak had the tough task of running alone in the fifth spot. As she came off the final turn, Michigan's Jamie Phelan had one more surge left for the final kick and edged out Keklak for fifth place. Keklak clocked 4:19.87 for sixth place in her heat, narrowly missing out on the finals.
In the 800-meter semifinals, the field of 24 was whittled down to a mere eight following three heats where the top two plus next two times advance to the finals.
The Hoyas accounted for a trio of semifinalists, a feat only matched by Oregon while Stanford and Texas A&M were the only other schools with multiple entrants (2).
All-American Emma Keenan (Gwynedd Valley, Pa./Gwynedd-Mercy Academy) and Sarah Schmidt (Viersen, Germany) both competed in the second heat with Schmidt moving to the front quickly. Schmidt pushed the field as she split 30.80 over her third 200 meters to create a gap. However, the field was able to outkick Schmidt over the final 200 meters with Keenan recording the third-fastest final 200 meters (33.28) to move in to fourth place (2:05.13) as Schmidt finished with a time of 2:05.64. It would not be enough as the two time qualifiers came from the first and third heats.
All-American Sabrina Southerland (New York, N.Y./Benjamin N. Cardozo) finished eighth in her heat (2:10.73) and failed to advance to Saturday's final.
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)
8:25 p.m. - Women's 5,000-Meter Finals (Coogan)