May 24, 2012
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - After just the first day of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field East Preliminary Championships, the Hoyas have already punched two tickets to the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa June 6-9. Mark Dennin (Gilbertsville, Pa./Boyertown) and Alex Lundy (Littleton, Colo./Heritage/Maryland) both advanced to the finals of the men's 10,000-meter run after a solid outing at Hodges Stadium on the campus of the University of North Florida. Today was the first of the three-day event with the clouds rolling in shortly after the track events began, cooling what was a 90-degree day in Jacksonville.
As with many distance races, it came down to the final kick that each athlete had at the end. In this particular race, Dennin put in the work throughout the entirety of the race and set himself up for a great kick over the final 400 meters. Never slipping beyond the top 10, Dennin kept himself in contention for the majority of the 25-lap race, while also maintaining patience and being sure that he would have enough at the end of the ordeal. At the bell, Dennin's kick put him in third place, ensuring him a spot in the finals in Des Moines on Wednesday, June 6. Lundy also will compete on June 6 as he timed in at 30:18.89, good enough for ninth place while the top 12 from each region advance. T.C. Lumbar (Edina, Minn./Edina) finished 24th with a time of 31:03.24.
In the women's 1,500-meter run, the Hoyas sent a quartet of athletes to Saturday's quarterfinal from today's four-heat prelim. All-American Rachel Schneider (Dover, N.H./St. Thomas Aquinas) ran the second-fastest time of the day, taking second in the third heat of the day with a time of 4:21.54. Also qualifying automatically was NCAA Champion and 10-time All-American Emily Infeld (University Heights, Ohio/Beaumont) who took second place in her heat with a time of 4:28.72. While the top five times from each of the four heats automatically advanced, the final four qualifiers depended on time. Katrina Coogan (Exeter, N.H./Phillips Exeter Academy) and Lauren Borduin (Columbia, Mo./Rock Bridge) both qualified on time with the first and third spots, respectively. Coogan finished sixth in the third heat with a time of 4:23.19 while Borduin placed sixth in the first heat with a time of 4:24.75. The quarterfinals of that event are on Saturday at 6:45 p.m. ET. Hannah Neczypor (North Royalton, Ohio/North Royalton) ran 4:39.15 in the final heat of the race.
Showing up true to form as she as all season long, London Finley (Los Angeles, Calif./St. Mary's Academy) handily won the fourth heat of the six-heat women's 400-meter hurdles prelim. Her time of 57.88 was the fifth-fastest from today's events. She advances to the quarterfinals to be held on Friday at 7:45 p.m.
All-American Chelsea Cox (Manahawkin, N.J./Southern Regional) finished second in the final heat of the women's 800-meter run to automatically qualify for the quarterfinals on Friday. Cox clocked in at 2:07.73 and will compete in the next round tomorrow at 7:15 p.m.
The first track event of the day was the men's 400-meter hurdles. Toby Ulm (Marlborough, United Kingdom/St. John's School & Community College) was an automatic qualifier in his event with a time of 51.54, taking third place in his heat, the fourth of six total. Ulm will compete in the quarterfinals of the event on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
In the men's 400-meter dash prelims, Kevin Wilson (Virginia Beach, Va./Landstown/George Mason) competed in the second heat of the six-heat event. Wilson's time of 46.99 earned him a spot in the quarterfinals of the event held on Friday at 6 p.m.
All-American Amanda Kimbers (Baltimore, Md./McDonogh) competed in the women's 400-meter dash prelims, running in the third of six heats. With the top three from each heat advancing to the quarterfinals automatically, the last nine entrants were time-dependent. Kimbers ran 54.18 to take sixth in her heat. Prior to the last heat, Kimbers was the bubble time, but a strong final heat edged Kimbers out of the pool of qualifiers for the 400 quarterfinals.
The Hoyas continue at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships tomorrow at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla. The first event of the day will be at 6 p.m.