The 2009 NCAA Mideast Regional is underway in Louisville, Ky., and Athletic Communications Assistant Brian Mason will be providing regular updates throughout the first day of competition at Cardinal Park.
The Badgers have several athletes competing Friday, beginning with sophomore Robert Dehn in the men's javelin, which began at 10 a.m. Dehn throws in the third flight.
Also competing Friday are (all times Central):
Maggie Collison - women's 1,500 meters prelims (1 p.m.)
Jack Bolas and Craig Miller - men's 1,500 meters prelims (1:20 p.m.)
Jake Fritz - men's shot put trials and finals (1:30 p.m.)
Adam Hexum and Nate Larkin - men's 110-meter hurdles prelims (2 p.m.)
Chavon Robinson - women's long jump trials and finals (4 p.m.)
Steve Ludwig and Zach Beth - men's 800 meters prelims (4 p.m.)
Egle Staisiunaite - women's 400-meter hurdles prelims (4:20 p.m.)
Gwen Jorgensen - women's 5,000 meters final (5:40 p.m.)
Christian Wagner - men's 5,000 meters final (6:20 p.m.)
2009 NCAA Mideast Regional links:
Live Results | M-Heat Sheets | W-Heat Sheets | M-Notes | W-Notes
The men's and women's teams shared a bus and rolled into Louisville late Wednesday, with the athletes hitting the track for workouts on Thursday afternoon.
Louisville has a nice setup for its athletics facilities, as they are all grouped together along one main street, just off the Interstate. The athletes have warmup areas -- as well as room to relax -- on the artificial turf field the Cardinals' field hockey team plays on, which is located adjacent to the track. Only the hammer throw and shot put events are held at a secondary site, which is about 2 1/2 blocks from the track.
We're expecting great weather for the duration of the weekend, with temperatures in the mid-80s and plenty of sunshine. It rained off and on while the team was at the track working out on Thursday, leading to extremely humid conditions.
Luckily, that has given way to clear skies and an all-around beautiful day as things get started this morning.
I'll be back with updates and photos throughout the day, so be sure to check back to the blog often.
The three flights of the men's javelin have wrapped up and the officials are ready to set the field for finals, but one thing we know is that the Badgers' Robert Dehn is the leader heading into the final three throws. He unleashed a monster throw on his second attempt, taking down the UW school record with a mark of 231 feet, 10 inches.
He topped the previous record of 231-2 set by Dave Dmytrow in 1992.
Kind of incredible when you realize that Dehn just improved his lifetime best by more than 14 feet. Wow.
It only took one event for the Badgers to crown their first regional champion, as Robert Dehn is officially the winner in the men's javelin with his school-record throw of 231-10. That's an automatic bid to the NCAA Outdoor Championships for Dehn, who is a first-time NCAA qualifier.
Let's hope the rest of UW's athletes can keep up that pace today....
We finally (finally!) have the official results from the javelin. In addition to being a school record, Dehn's throw also is a facility record for Cardinal Park. He was one of just two competitors to go past the 70-meter mark (70.66m) and won by 10 inches over Northwestern State's Cody Fillinich.
Maggie Collison is set to go in the second section of the women's 1,500 meters prelims in just a few minutes, followed by Craig Miller and Jack Bolas -- the region's top two in the event -- running in the prelims of the men's 1,500.
I'll have results and photos shortly.
Some updates since my last post (and some new photos in the gallery below, too):
- Jack Bolas and Craig Miller are both into the final of the men's 1,500, with Miller finishing second to Arkansas' Dorian Ulrey in his heat under the previous stadium record with a time of 3:45.56. Bolas won the first section in 3:48.31.
- Junior Nate Larkin qualified for the final of the men's 110-meter hurdles, running a 14.09, while freshman Adam Hexum did not finish his heat after falling over the first barrier.
- Maggie Collison just missed qualifying for women's 1,500, running a 4:38.08 that placed her 15th. The top 12 finishers advanced to the final.
A little break here now for the Badgers in the stadium, with Chavon Robinson (women's long jump) and Zach Beth and Steve Ludwig (men's 800 meters) up next at 4 p.m.
Jake Fritz is throwing in the men's shot put at the auxiliary throws area, and I will get results from there as soon as possible.
More updates (with photos coming soon):
- Zach Beth ran a personal-best time of 1:48.63 to qualify in the No. 2 spot for tomorrow's final in the men's 800 meters. He was first in the second heat, with teammate Steve Ludwig finishing in 1:53.28 to miss a spot in the finals.
- Fritz finished 24th in the shot put with a throw of 52 feet, 2 1/2 inches.
I'm headed over to the women's long jump in a few minutes to snap some photos of Chavon Robinson competing for the Badgers.
Egle Staisiunaite ran a personal-best time of 59.24 seconds -- sixth fastest all-time at UW -- to qualify for the finals of the women's 400-meter hurdles (photo below).
Gwen Jorgensen punched her ticket to the NCAA championships by taking second place in the women's 5,000 meters in a time of 16:11.54. Angela Bizzarri won the race in 16:11.00, with both finishing under the previous Mideast Regional record of 16:12.42. Jorgensen also is provisionally qualified for the national meet in the 10,000 meters.
The women's long jump has finally come to an end and, although I don't have final results yet, it seems that Chavon Robinson will finish ninth. Not a bad accomplishment for Chavon to make the finals after entering the competition ranked 15th in the region.
Senior Christian Wagner did not finish the men's 5,000 meters.
I will have full recaps for the men's and women's teams, so check back to UWBadgers.com soon. Be sure to follow along with another round of my blog tomorrow. Events get underway at 10 a.m. with Amy Lewis and Megan Rennhack competing in the women's javelin.