Men's Track & Field Finishes Out NCAA East Regional
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (5/28/16) - The Princeton men's track & field team had five competitors tackle the final day of the 2016 NCAA East Regional on the campus of University of North Florida.
Junior Xavier Bledsoe began the day clearing the opening height of 2.03 (6-8) on his second attempt. He made it over 2.08 (6-9.75) on his first try. The bar moved to 2.13 (6-11.75), which would’ve matched his personal best but he narrowly missed clearing the bar on his second and third attempts and finished 23rd overall in his first trip to the NCAA Regional.
In flight three of the shot put, junior Chris Cook opened with a 17.49 (57-4.75), which slotted him into 20th. He fouled on his next throw and then had his best mark on his final attempt, 17.62 (57-9.75) to finish 22nd overall. After competing in the discus yesterday, sophomore Mitchel Charles was up again today in the shot put as he qualified in both events for the second consecutive year. He fouled on his first and third attempts and reached 16.63 (54-6.75) on his second throw and finished 39th overall.
Sophomores Noah Kauppila and Garrett O’Toole were vying for a top-five position in section 1 of the 1500 quarterfinals – a ticket to Eugene. O’Toole opened with a 43.91 in the first 300 meters while Kauppila clocked 44.51 and made up for it with the fastest 700m split at 1:02.99 to be 11th with 1:47.50. O’Toole posted a 1:02.32 lap to sit eighth and was ninth after a 1:03.46 split at the bell. With 300 meters left and starting his kick, O’Toole was tripped and went down and finished the final lap in 1:03.46 to finish 12th in the section at 3:57.85, and 23rd overall. Kauppila posted a final split of 1:03.88 and took 10th at 3:50.60 and was 20th overall.
Kauppila had to double today as his second qualifying event, the 5k, would be just three hours after the 1500. He reached 300 meters before dropping out the race at 8:47.
Moving on to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon are senior Adam Bragg in the pole vault and freshman Adam Kelly in the hammer throw.