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Updates from the NCAA Championships - Thursday

Updates from the NCAA Championships - Thursday

Brian Mason (Athletic Communications Assistant)

NCAA.com

The 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships continue Thursday at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Ark., and Athletic Communications Assistant Brian Mason is on site to provide regular updates.

The four-day meet resumed Thursday morning with the start of the women's heptathlon and the final five events of the men's decathlon. Five UW athletes will compete on the meet's second day.

Feel free to send me an e-mail at: bm3@athletics.wisc.edu

2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships links:
Live Results | Live Video | Track Event Heats | Field Event Flights

3:26 p.m.
It's back in the saddle here in the John McDonnell Field press box after a short night. Myself, assistant coaches Mick Byrne and Mark Guthrie and steeplechaser Ryan Gasper pulled out of the track around 1:15 a.m. this morning and then made due with some provisions we picked up at Wal-Mart to make sandwiches after finding an open restauarant hard to come by.

We had Mickey DeFilippo and Zach Beth set personal-best marks in competition yesterday, but I believe I also posted a personal record for latest story posted to UWBadgers.com, at 2:47 a.m.

It was a good morning to sleep in since the Badgers aren't in action on the track until Nate Larkin runs in the first round of the 110-meter hurdles at 5:50 p.m.

Also competing today are:
7:25 p.m. - Zach Beth, men's 800 meters semifinals
8:10 p.m. - Jack Bolas and Craig Miller, 1,500 meters semifinals
8:55 p.m. - Hanna Grinaker, women's 10,000 meters

I have links above to today's heat sheets and the link for today's live video feed from the NCAA. Don't forget that CBS College Sports will air a live broadcast of the championships from 6-9 p.m. Friday and CBS will broadcast live from noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The live video feed will be available at all times the TV networks are not broadcasting.

The decathlon discus is underway and the heptathlon will soon wrap up its first day of competition. I'll be back with updates (including an outlook on the forecast) in a few minutes.

4:38 p.m.
Proving that I learn from my mistakes, I just enjoyed some dinner from Charlie's Chicken over in the hospitality area at Bud Walton Arena. It's a large venue on par with the Kohl Center as far as the seating bowl goes, but the concourses aren't nearly as bright and roomy as they are at the Kohl.

National anthem time...

4:43 p.m.
About an hour out from the start of the men's 110 hurdles, the first event of the day for the Badgers. Nate Larkin will run in lane 8 in the fourth and final heat of the first round.

The top three finishers in each section, as well as the next six best times will advance to the semifinal at 7:05 p.m Friday.

Nate is seeded at 13.89, a time he ran to finish third at the Drake Relays in April, with national leader Jason Richardson of South Carolina (13.29) running in lane 2 in the same heat.

He faces an uphill battle to advance, but Nate has proven all season that he often defies expectations. Should be a fun event to watch, that's for sure.

5:25 p.m.
The women's 100-meter hurdles prelims are about to start.

It's a warm and sunny day at the track, with the temperature currently sitting at 81 degrees. Humidity is only 62 percent, at least, because the temperature down on the Mondo track surface is even hotter.

The radar is clear all the way back into Texas, although some rough-looking stuff rolled through just to the north in Missouri earlier today.

There's a 30-percent chance of thunderstorms this evening, so we'll see what happens...

6:21 p.m.
The second day is underway for the Badgers, with Nate finishing seventh in his heat in 14.29 into a 1.9 meters-per-second headwind. No doubt a disappointing time for him, as 14.16 was the cut-off to qualify for the semifinals and he ran a 14.00 two weeks ago at the regional meet. Nate finishes 23rd overall in his first NCAA outdoor appearance.

The sun is brutal right now in the press box, which is making seeing my computer screen and editing photos an interesting (and squinty) process. Also, I can confirm that it is indeed warmer down on the track. Some cloud cover would be welcome all around, I think.

I'll have some photos of Nate up shortly.

7:42 p.m.
Long delay between posts as I was out shooting some photos. Zach ran a personal-best 1:48.45 in his semifinal section of the 800 meters -- his third PR in his last four races -- but will not advance.

He was 15th overall and seventh in what was an extremely-fast first heat, which Andrew Wheating of Oregon won in 1:46.21. Each of the top five finishers dipped under the 1:48 mark.

A really outstanding season for Zach, both indoor and outdoor. He's the Big Ten's second-fastest 800 runner for the year -- Ryan Foster of Penn State just ran 1:46.78  in the same section as Zach -- and just missed 10th place on the Badgers' all-time list in the event.

Up next on the track for UW is the 1,500 meters at 8:10 p.m., with Jack Bolas and Craig Miller running for a spot in Saturday's final.

9:08 p.m.
Well, I have some good news and some bad news. The good is that Craig Miller won his heat of the men's 1,500 meters to automatically advance to Saturday's final in the event as he searches out his sixth All-America honor.

The bad news is that Jack Bolas fell just short of third place in his section, and his time of 3:45.13 didn't hold up to earn him a spot in the final based on time.

Craig had the fastest overall time at 3:39.36, with Garrett Heath of Stanford winning the second heat in 3:44.22 and German Fernandez taking heat three in 3:41.93.

The other bad news is that Zach has been disqualified from the 800 meters. He was DQ'd for a lane violation because the officials ruled that he stepped out of his lane a couple of steps before the cones that mark the break line on the backstretch. It's a tough break because it wipes out his personal-best time.

Hanna Grinaker is on the track right now in the women's 10,000, and I'll have photos from the 1,500 shortly.

11:32 p.m.
A stop at Steak and Shake after leaving the track has delayed my updates, but Hanna wrapped things up for UW by finishing 17th in 35:20.11. The surprise winner was Danette Doetzel of Providence in 33:25.71, with defending champion Lisa Koll of Iowa State finishing ninth.

Also, you can check out Flotrack.com's video interview with Craig after the semifinals of the 1,500.

A couple other interesting things from tonight:
- Zach Beth's time of 1:48.45 in the 800, which was disallowed, would have matched the qualifying standard for the upcoming USA Outdoor Championships.

- Men's head coach Ed Nuttycombe was an innocent spectator in the stands on the backstretch at John McDonnell Field when Lars Rise of Missouri had his pole shatter during an attempt in the decathlon pole vault. The plug on the end of the pole shot up into the stands and hit Nuttycombe on the leg. Trainer Chuck Hart was there to fix him up with a bandage, and coach carried his new souvenier around in his pocket for the rest of the evening.

I'll have a full recap up soon.


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