Three Track & Field Athletes Compete at NCAA Championships
PRINCETON, N.J. (6/6/16) - Three members of the Princeton track & field teams will compete at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., from June 8-11. The meet will take place at Historic Haywood Field on the campus of University of Oregon.
A member of the Princeton OAC will be on hand in Eugene to bring you a daily blog, photo gallery and videos. Follow along on Twitter as well @PrincetonTrack, @PUTigers and @PUTigers_Live. Portions of the championship will be aired on the ESPN family of networks (see chart).
For the second year of the opposite gender days, the men kick things off on Wednesday, June 8.
The first final event will be the hammer throw, beginning at 2 p.m. (PT). Freshman Adam Kelly qualified for this first NCAA Championships after throwing 65.41 at the NCAA East Regional. His best throw of the season was a 67.50 (221-5) at Heps, where he finished in second place. In all nine meets that he has thrown in this season he has thrown over 62 meters and averages 65.46 meters. Six of throwers from last season return including the 3-4-5-6th-place finishers. Rudy Winkler (Cornell) has the best throw entering the meet at 75.10 and he was eighth a year ago. Seven others in the meet have thrown over 70 meters including last year’s third-place finisher Greg Skipper (Oregon). The 24 throwers will be split into two 12-man flights. The top nine after three attempts will move on to the final for three more attempts.
Senior Adam Bragg will follow in the pole vault final at 5 p.m. (PT). This is his second championship appearance, having been here in 2014 where he finished 12th with a mark of 5.10. Bragg set the Princeton outdoor record at Heps with a winning clearance of 5.53 (18-1.75). He made it over 5.30 at the East Regional to qualify for the finals. During the indoor season, Bragg recorded a personal best of 5.65 (18-6.50) while competing as an unattached athlete. Six of the 24 finalists from last year return including third-place finisher Dylan Duvio (Stanford), who cleared 5.50. The winning vault a year ago was 5.60. The leader in the NCAA is Devin King (SE Louisiana) who has cleared 5.70 this season. Bragg’s 5.53 is the sixth best entering the national meet.
Senior Cecilia Barowski looks to make a big statement in the 800 meter. Having already qualified for the US Olympic trials after running a 2:02.62 in April at the Stanford Invitational, Barowski won both of her heats at the NCAA East Regional – taking the prelim heat at 2:04.85 and the quarterfinal heat at 2:03.64 – which was the fourth fastest time overall at the Regional. Barowski has the seventh fastest time in the event heading into the semifinal – which will take place on Thursday, June 9 at 6:14 p.m. (PT). The top two from each heat plus the next to best times, for a total of eight, will advance to the final on Saturday, June 11 at 4:47 p.m. (PT). Barowski was 19th in the 800 last outdoor season and sixth during this past indoor season. Four of those that were in last year’s final return this year including the defending national champion Raevyn Rogers (Oregon) who has the fourth fastest time in the nation this season. Olivia Baker (Stanford) owns the best time in the country at 2:01.02.
A former Tiger in action is Jasmine Blocker ’15, finishing her eligibility at Tulane. Blocker qualified in the 400 to make her NCAA Championships debut. She ran 52.25 in the East quarterfinals to advance and has a season-best time of 51.66. The 400 semifinal is slated for 6 p.m. on Thursday with the final on Saturday at 6 p.m.