Bragg Takes 7th, Kelly 14th at #NCAATF Championships
EUGENE, Ore. (6/9/16) - Senior Adam Bragg finished tied for seventh to "podium" on the opening day of the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
It's something that every student-athlete at the championships strives for; to make the top eight and reach the podium in front at Historic Hayward Field. Accept a trophy, wave to the crowd and know you are a first-team All-America. Bragg had that experience today to cap his Princeton career.
He started the afternoon easily clearing the opening height of 5.15 (16-10.75) on his first attempt. He did the same thing on the next height of 5.30 (17-4.50). As the second round came to a close, Bragg was one of 11 vaulters remaining and was in a four-way tie for first place. The clearance of 5.45 (17-10.50) stymied him as he brought down the bar on attempt one, ran through attempt two and brought down the bar on his final attempt in exasperation.
Bragg finished in a three-way tie for seventh place, as two other vaulted both cleared the first two heights on their first attempts as well. For his finish, Bragg earns first-team All-America honors, the first pole vaulter in Princeton history to earn first-team honors. He earned second-team honors in 2014 when he took 12th with a height of 5.10. David Slovenski '12 was also 12th in 2011 at 5.25.
Bragg wasn't the only one to make his mark in Princeton men's track & field program history.
Adam Kelly started the day taking 14th in the hammer throw to earn second-team All-America honors. He is the first freshman to earn All-America honors since 2011 when Tom Hopkins '14 did so in the 4x400 relay.
Kelly opened flight one with a throw of 65.00 (213-3) which put him in fourth place after the first round of 12 throwers had gone. He didn't improve on his second attempt, a toss of 64.95 (213-1), but slide to sixth place after the second round. Kelly's best throw was his last, a 65.82 (215-11) to put him into fifth place at the end of flight 1 and a wait-and-see moment as the top nine amongst both flights advanced for three more throws. He was edged out after the second flight began, with the top eight finishers all coming from that flight. Kelly's throw of 65.82 settled him 14th to earn second-team All-America honors in his first trip to the NCAA Championships.