2009 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships conclude Saturday at John
McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, Ark., and Athletic Communications
Assistant Brian Mason is on site to provide regular updates.
meet wraps up Saturday with finals in a number of events beginning at 10 a.m. Events on the track get started at noon, with UW junior Craig Miller running for the national title in the men's 1,500 meters at 1:21 p.m.
CBS will air the championships live from noon to 2 p.m.
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Ready to go for the final day of the national meet as the national anthem just concluded at the finish line. Competitors in the women's triple jump are being introduced right now, with the women's discus and men's triple jump set to go at noon, as well.
Craig will run at 1:21 p.m. in a race that will air live on CBS. He carries the top seed time into the finals after running a 3:39.36 in the semifinals on Thursday.
He will be running for the sixth All-America honor of his career, something only seven other Badgers have accomplished. Only Matt Tegenkamp (7) and Chris Solinsky (11) have earned more than six All-America awards.
The last UW athlete to win a national title in the 1,500 meters was Don Gehrmann in 1948.
Running events are underway, and here are a couple of updates: Joanna Atkins of Auburn ran 50.39 to win the women's 400 meters with the world's fastest time this year and Jonathon Borlee of Florida State won the men's 400 in 44.78.
In the women's 800, Geena Gall of Michigan won the title in 2:00.80, while Andrew Wheating of Oregon sneaked out a victory in the men's 800 at 1:46.21, wholding off Tevan Everett of Texas (1:46.27).
Porscha Lucas of Texas A&M wins the women's 200 in 22.81 ... the men's 200 goes to Charles Clark of Florida State in 20.55
The women's 100 hurdles go to Tiffany Ofili of Michigan for the third-consecutive year in 12.96 ... Ronnie Ash of Bethune-Cookman runs a 13.27 into a 2-meters-per-second headwind to win the men's 110 hurdles.
Heading down to the track to get photos of Craig's race in the 1,500.
Craig finishes ninth in 3:41.31. I'll be interested to see the final splits, because Craig closed well but the lead group took off before he had made his move toward the front.
Hitting the road for Madison now. I'll have updates, photos and a final story from the car later.
Thanks for following along.