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Updates from the NCAA Mideast Regional - Saturday

Updates from the NCAA Mideast Regional - Saturday

Brian Mason (Athletic Communications Assistant)


The 2009 NCAA Mideast Regional is underway in Louisville, Ky., and Athletic Communications Assistant Brian Mason will be providing regular updates throughout the second and final day of competition at Cardinal Park.

The Badgers have several athletes competing Saturday, beginning with Amy Lewis and Megan Rennhack in the women's javelin at 10 a.m.

Also competing Friday are (all times Central):
Mickey DeFilippo - men's pole vault (noon)
Monika Jakutyte - women's high jump (noon)
Jack Bolas and Craig Miller - men's 1,500 meters final (3:30 p.m.)
Nate Larkin - men's 110-meter hurdles final (3:55 p.m.)
Chavon Robinson and Jordan Helgren - women's triple jump trials and finals (4 p.m.)
Zach Beth - men's 800 meters final (4:30 p.m.)
Rory Linder - men's discus trials and final (4:30 p.m.)
Egle Staisiunaite - women's 400-meter hurdles final (4:40 p.m.)
Sarah Hurley - women's 3,000-meter steeplechase (5:15 p.m.)
Ryan Gasper - men's 3,000-meter steeplechase (5:40 p.m.)

2009 NCAA Mideast Regional links:
Live Results | M-Heat Sheets | W-Heat Sheets | M-Notes | W-Notes

11:48 a.m.
The women's javelin just wrapped up, although neither Amy Lewis and Megan Rennhack didn't make the final. I'll have their marks and where they placed when the official results come out (hopefully faster than the men's javelin results took to be posted yesterday...).

Weather-wise, it's another great day so far. Plenty of sun and a nice breeze that is going to provide a nice tailwind for the men's pole vault, which is set to begin at noon.

I forgot to mention yesterday that it's an interesting environment here, with the busy flight path for Louisville's airport directly over the track and Interstate 65 only a hundred yards or so beyond the backstretch (numerous truckers have found it to be a good idea to lay on the air horn as they drive past the track).

Needless to say, there's plenty of noise from the traffic in the air and on the highway.

I'll be back with more updates, but for now I'm off to shoot some photos of Monika Jakutyte in the women's high jump and Mickey DeFilippo in the men's pole vault.

12:55 p.m.
We have the final javelin results -- Amy finishes 11th at 142 feet, 3 inches and Megan takes 17th at 137-0.

Monika Jakutyte is out of the women's high jump after three misses at 5 feet, 8 1/2 inches. She cleared the initial height of 5-7.

Mickey DeFilippo has cleared each of his first three bars on the first attempt in the pole vault, something that likely will be key to advancing to the national meet. Mickey just cleared 16-7 3/4 on his first try.

I'll have more later...

1:36 p.m.
Mickey is still looking good in the pole vault ... he cleared 16-11 3/4 on his first attempt and has yet to miss overall through four bars. He looked smooth on his last attempt.

If you haven't read it already (and why wouldn't you have?!?), check out my feature story on Mickey that was posted Thursday on UWBadgers.com

Back to the vault....

2:34 p.m.
Mickey takes third in the vault, with only two competitors clearing the bar at 17-3 1/4. He missed on all three of his attempts at that bar, which would have been a personal-best, but took third based on the fact that he missed only once earlier in the competition.

So that's two NCAA qualifiers for the Badgers officially, as Mickey joins Robert Dehn in the travel party for Fayetteville in two weeks.

I'll have full results soon.

Also, I forgot to give a big thanks to Shalae Patrick of Southern Illinois Media Services, who took some photos of Jake Fritz in the men's shot put yesterday and snapped a couple of Mickey in the pole vault for me today.

The weather here has cooled off dramatically and a stiff cross-wind made things interesting for the vautlers. a narrow band of rain looks to be skating just south of Louisville, but the meet organizers have warned those of us sitting underneath the media tent outside the final turn that the window for severe weather could remain open until midnight. Let's hope that doesn't become a factor...

3:15 p.m.
Special thanks to Gwen Jorgensen (who is done running for the weekend after finishing second in the 5,000 meters last night) for pointing out that I left a competitor out of my list above: Sarah Hurley is running the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 5:15 p.m. You should also check out a UWBadgers.com feature story on Sarah, who will start grad school at UW in the fall.

Thanks again, Gwen.

3:42 p.m.
Craig Miller added his name to the Badgers' list of automatic NCAA qualifiers with a second-place finish in the 1,500 meters. He clocked in at 3:49.06 to finish behind Arkansas' Dorian Ulrey, who won in 3:48.91.

Junior Jack Bolas finished seventh for the Badgers in 3:50.35, missing out on an automatic bid to the national meet. His season-best time of 3:37.64 has him ranked fourth nationally, however, and all but assures him of an at-large bid to the NCAA championships. Those at-large selections will be announced Tuesday.

Through eight scored events, the Badger men are sitting in third place in the team standings with 25 1/2 points. Arkansas is on top with an even 50.

5:04 p.m.
Zach Beth is in after finishing second in the 800 meters with his second-consecutive run under the 1:49 mark ... he clocked in at 1:48.98, which is well below the previous Cardinal Park facility record. He's a first-time NCAA qualifier and joins Dehn, DeFilippo and Miller on the Badger's list of automatic qualifiers.

Nate Larkin had the heartbreaking moment of the meet for UW, as he finished sixth in the 110-meter hurdles to miss an automatic NCAA bid by seven hundredths of a second. His time of 14.00 is his best-ever under legal wind conditions. He ran a wind-aided 13.89 at the Drake Relays that has him ranked 24th nationally entering the weekend and may earn him an at-large spot ni the NCAA meet.

Rory Linder is competing in the men's discus and leads after the first flight because he came up big with a personal-best mark of ... well they took it down before I could see it ... but trust me, it's a personal-best. I'll get it once the finals get underway.

The Badgers also have Jordan Helgren and Chavon Robinson competing in the women's triple jump .. .I'm headed there now to snap some photos.

5:22 p.m
Waiting on the steeplechase and the finals of the discus to start ... it sounds as though the Kenny Chesney concert at Cardinal Stadium has begun. Traffic was really snarled on the Interstate earlier this afternoon with fans trying to get to the concert, the NCAA baseball regional Louisville is hosting, and the track meet.

5:26 p.m.
Sounds like Linder's big throw was 178 feet, 9 inches. He's still the leader with the third flight preparing to start.

5:58 p.m.
The men's 3,000-meter steeplechase is underway for Ryan Gasper. Sarah Hurley took seventh for all-region honors in the women's steeplechase at 10:45.02. Sophomore Egle Staisiunaite also took seventh in the 400-meter hurdles in 1:00.30.

Chavon Robinson is into the final round of the women's triple jump and Rory Linder will throw in the finals of the men's discus.

More coming soon...

6:34 p.m.
Ryan Gasper is in the national meet after taking fifth in a time of 8:51.75, so that gives the UW men a total of five auotmatic qualifiers and a likely at-large in Jack Bolas. The men also could finish as high as third in the team standings, depending on the outcome of the 4x400 relay, which is on the track now.

I'll have a full rundown in recaps for the men's and women's teams as soon as possible on UWBadgers.com. More photos, too...

Things have wrapped up for the Badgers, with Chavon finishing up in the triple jump and Rory taking 10th in the discus. He was originally brought out with the nine finalists, but it turned out that nine throwers out-threw him in the third flight, placing him 10th and out of the finals. Still, his huge PR of 178-9 moves him up to sixth on the Badgers' all-time list in the event.

Time to catch the bus ... thanks for following along!

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