June 11, 2015
EUGENE, Ore. - On the first day of the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Darren Fahy (Carlsbad, Calif./La Costa Canyon) has qualified for the finals of the men's steeplechase. The four-day meet is held at historic Hayward Field and hosted by the University of Oregon in Eugene. A live broadcast of the meet is available on the ESPN family of networks.
In just his first trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, Fahy will compete in the finals of the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase, after finishing second in his heat of the semifinals today. With a more tactical run, Fahy relaxed for much of the race, focusing on his final 400 meters in the tightly-packed field.
"The pace was slow so I just stayed relaxed," Fahy said of the race. "I really wanted to focus on that last 400 and take off after that last water jump."
He finished second in his heat with a time of 8:42.24, catching two runners on the home straightaway. Ryan Gil (Pittsburgh, Pa./North Allegheny) finished eighth in the heat, clocking 8:46.62, just shy of advancing to Friday's final.
Fahy's final is slated for Friday at 7:57 p.m. ET. The last Hoya to qualify for the finals of the men's steeplechase was All-American Max Darrah (South Yarmouth, Mass./Dennis-Yarmouth Regional) in 2013 when he finished 11th overall.
In earlier action, All-American Joe White (Clifton, N.J./DePaul Catholic) ran 1:49.01 in the second of a three-heat semifinal. White got off to a good start but his signature kick over the last 150 meters seemed to be missing today.
"We came through 400 and my legs didn't feel right under me like they usually do," White explained. "Then we came through 600 and I tried to accelerate like I usually do and it just wasn't there today."
While this marks the end of the NCAA season for White, he will return to compete at Hayward Field for the USA Track & Field (USATF) Outdoor Championships, held June 25-28.
"It was a little humbling, I've been on a streak - it was a good knock down," White said with a smile. "I'm looking forward to coming back, I need some redemption on this track."
The first event on the track saw All-American Cole Williams (San Francisco, Calif./Occidental College) compete in the two-heat 1,500-meter semifinal. A tactical race, the pack went through 800 meters at 2:06, forcing a strong push over the final 700 meters. The field started to accelerate coming off the first turn and Williams held on through the back straightaway. However, following Bowerman's Curve he lost his positioning as the pack kicked into another gear and Williams finished 10th (3:48.31), not enough to qualify for the finals.
Live Broadcast Schedule
Thursday, June 11: ESPNU starting at 7 p.m. ET
Friday, June 12: ESPN starting at 7:30 p.m. ET
Saturday, June 13: ESPN2 starting at 5 p.m. ET
the entire championships will be streamed live on ESPN3