Day 3 of the NCAA Track & Field Championships
5:28 p.m. - Oliver just misses the top nine in her flight of the triple jump. She was three inches out of taking three more jumps. Her best jump was her last, 12.77 (41-10.75). She also reached 12.36 (40-6.25) and 12.33 (40-5.5). It looks like she will finish 18th overall.
4:05 p.m. - Junior Imani Oliver competes in the final event for Princeton, not only in track & field but for Princeton. It's the final day of athletic competition for the University this season. Oliver comes into the event ranked 19th. The top nine in each flight will get three more final jumps.
8:25 p.m. - What a race by Michael Franklin! Franklin runs 29:42.34 to finish fifth in the nation in the men's 10k. He was up in the front for the first few laps and then made himself comfortable inside the big pack. With about six laps remaining the race starting to slow a bit and the athletes started breaking away from each other. Franklin was steady in the top 12 and turned it on in the final three laps to finish an impressive fifth place, earning All-America honors. Chris Bendtsen started to sag back in the middle of the race and finished 22nd at 31:06.83. He added another lap for good measure, as he slowed up on the final lap and an official told him he had another one left. His finish time showed on the board as he cruised along one more round.
Right before the men's 10k, the 4x400 of Russell Dinkins, Austim Hollimon, Tom Hopkins and Daniel McCord finished seventh in heat 2 at 3:09.84 and 22nd overall.
Tomorrow it's junior Imani Oliver in the women's triple jump - the final Tiger to compete this weekend.
4:57 p.m. - Greta Feldman had her bubble burst as she is the last one out of qualifying for the finals. She was fifth in heat 2, the slower heat, and 13th overall at 4:18.25. She took the lead after 400 and was in second place at the bell. She looked to be a lock for the top five, but a big kick by two runners in the home stretch pushed her into sixth place. The next two fastest times came in the first heat. Feldman does earn second-team All-America honors. The 4x400 is next at 6:40 p.m.
2:50 p.m. - Back again at Historic Hayward Field. Another gorgeous day - sunny and 80 degrees. Tigers spent the morning preparing for their races, physically and mentally. Coach Farrell said sometimes having so much time before a race can get in your head. You start to overthink things and nerves build up. Greta Feldman, rocking a great double braid, seems ready to go as she just arrived at the field. She runs first at 4:30 p.m., in the semifinals of the women's 1500. Feldman is the top returner from last year's final, with seven back again this year. The 4x400 races at 6:40 p.m., with Russell Dinkins, Austin Hollimon looking for redemption from yesterday and are joined by Tom Hopkins and Daniel McCord. And finally Chris Bendtsen and Michael Franklin take on the 10k in the final event of the day at 7:15 p.m.
Funny story from last night. On the elevator at the hotel a male athlete with Texas burnt orange shorts gets on with an ice bucket, tells the other people, who he knew on the elevator he had to go ice his hand. The people get off and I ask him "what event did you compete in today?" He replies "the shot put." I asked, "how did it go?" He says "it went pretty well." I'm inquisitive so I followed-up with "how'd you do" He says "Good. I won." Awesome. Just nonchalant, humble.
11:47 p.m. - Austin Hollimon had a tough go in the men's 400 hurdles finished eighth in his heat at 54.82. Hollimon had been battling the flu all week and thought after his fever finally broke yesterday that he'd be recovered in time. Although disappointed, he hopes to get enough rest to be ready to go in the 4x400 tomorrow. Additionally, Trevor Van Ackeren '12 was 17th in the steeplechase semifinals racing for Texas. At the end of the day the current three Tigers were disappointed with how they performed today, but can only look ahead. Two race again tomorrow in the 4x400 and one has three more years in her collegiate career.
5:43 p.m. - Russell Dinkins finished fifth in heat 3 and 16th overall in the 800. His heat should have been the fastest of the day but it started out as the slowest. Dinkins said the pace threw him off a bit and he wasn't entirely pleased with his race today. He does earn second-team All-America honors. This is his fourth All-America honors - after winning the DMR indoor this year, as well as earning second-team honors in the 4x400 and honorable mention All-America in the 800 outdoors in 2011. Dinkins will compete in the 4x400 tomorrow night. One final Tiger competitor - Austin Hollimon in the 400 meter hurdles at 6:15 p.m. Well in reality it's two Tigers left today as Trevor Van Ackeren '12 competes in the steeplechase at 6:45 p.m. And if you haven't already, you should check out the Oregon/Pac12 Web stream of this meet. Five different feeds, covering every event going on. http://pac-12.com/live/goducks/track-field.aspx#!3
4:15 p.m. - It's opening day of the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships here in Tracktown USA (Eugene, Oregon). Weather this week is suppose to be superb and today is no exception, sunny and 82 degrees. Nice change from the 12 days of rain during the Olympic trials here last July. Julia Ratcliffe competed in the women's hammer throw, the first event of the championships. She finished 11th overall to earn second-team All-America honors in just her freshman year, although she is disappointed with the result. Check back later for a video interview with Ratcliffe and for more updates throughout the day.