Pearce Finishes 16th; 4x400 Gets Delayed by Lightning
DES MOINES, Iowa (6/9/11) - Senior Craig Pearce and the 4x400 relay are set to compete for the Princeton men's track & field team on day two of the NCAA Track & Field Championships at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Pearce competed in the lone individual event of the day for the Tigers, in the hammer throw final. Pearce finished 16th in the event with a mark of 61.82 (202-10). Pearce launched the hammer to 60.46 (198-4) on his first attempt which placed him 18th after the first round. In round two he threw to 59.81 (196-2) to drop one place to 19th before reaching 61.82 on his third and final attempt which settled him into 16th place.
Virginia Tech's Alexander Ziegler would go on to win the title at 72.69 (238-6) in round six.
Pearce is the fifth Princeton athlete to compete in the hammer throw at NCAAs. He joins Alex Pessala (2009, Josh McCaughey (2002, 04) and Peter Seley (1990), all of whom have top 5 marks in the Princeton records book. The first to compete in the event was Doug Greenwood in 1972 when he finished eighth.
The 4x400 relay was set to run at 8:20 p.m., local time but a lightning delay halted the schedule around 8 p.m., with four events remaining. After 2.5 hours, officials called the meet for the day.
Check back later for an update on when the 4x400 will take place.