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A Record Nine Track & Field Athletes Compete at NCAA Championships

By: Princeton Athletic Communications
          Release: 06/03/2013
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PRINCETON, N.J. (6/2/13) - Nine members of the Princeton track & field teams will compete at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., from June 5-8. The meet will take place at Historic Haywood Field on the campus of University of Oregon.

A member of the Princeton OAC will be on hand in Eugene to bring you a daily blog, photo gallery and videos. Follow along on Twitter as well @PUtigers. Portions of the championship will be aired on ESPNU and streamed on ESPN3. The championships will be aired on ESPN3 on Thursday starting at 3:50 p.m., Friday at 4:30 p.m., and Saturday at 2 p.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. ESPNU will be live on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. All times are Pacific, local times.

Senior Greta Feldman makes a return appearance in the NCAA Championship in the 1500. She finished fifth last year, earning first-team All-America honors. It was the NCAA semifinals last year that Feldman ran a Princeton record, a personal best, the second-best time in Ivy League history and an Olympic qualifying time of 4:12.73. Feldman will compete in the semifinals on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. The top five from each heat plus the two fastest times will make up the final 12 that will run in the final on Saturday at 2:19 p.m. Natalja Piliusiana (Oklahoma State) has the best time in the nation for the second straight year at 4:13.73, followed by Anne Kesselring (Oregon) at 4:13.90. Feldman is the top returner from last year. Other returning top-10 finishers from 2012 include: Cory McGee (Florida/6th), Amanda Winslow (Florida State/7th), Becca Friday (Oregon/9th) and Piliusina (10th). Feldman clocked a 4:16.99 in the quarterfinals of the NCAA East Regional, running one of the two fastest times outside the top five in each heat to qualify for the event.

Freshman Julia Ratcliffe is making her debut in the NCAAs in the hammer throw. The final is slated for Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. The top nine after three attempts will move on to the final for three more attempts. Ratcliffe boasts the second-best mark in the nation at 68.80. Chelsea Cassula (Arizona State) is the only athlete to throw better at 70.07, but did not compete last year. Top returners from last year include Brittany Smith (Illinois State/2nd), Jenny Ozorai (USC/4th), Ida Storm (UCLA/5th) and Alena Krechyk (Kansas/6th). Ratcliffe was fourth at the East Regional with a throw of 63.40.

Junior Imani Oliver is making her first appearance in the NCAAs in the triple jump. The triple jump is scheduled for Friday at 3:25 p.m. Oliver makes the finals after reaching 12.79 (41-11.50) to finish eighth in the Regionals. She owns both the indoor and outdoor records at Princeton with a PR of 12.87. Last year’s runner-up Shanieka Thomas (San Diego State) returns with the best mark in the nation at 14.15. Andrea Geubelle (Kansas) and Ciarra Brewer (Florida) who were third and fourth respectively last year have matching marks of 13.85, the second-best in the nation.  Another top-10 finisher from last year’s final is Samantha Williams (Miami/7th).

Senior Austin Hollimon is making his NCAA debut in the 400-meter hurdles, but is no stranger to the championships. Hollimon was a member of the Princeton’s distance medley relay that won the national title this past indoor season. He was also on the 4x400 relay that finished 12th outdoors in 2011. After spending the better portion of his collegiate career focusing on the 400 and 200, Hollimon returned for his senior year focused on the 400 hurdles after finishing 26th at the US Olympic Trials last year in Eugene. Hollimon has a PR of 50.61 in the hurdles and punched his ticket by winning his heat at the Regionals with a 51.02, the second-fastest time in the quarterfinals. Joining him in the hurdles is three of eight finalists from last year including Reggie Wyatt (USC) who sports the best time in the nation at 49.17. He was third last year, while Michael Stigler (Kansas) was sixth and Antonio Blanks (Ohio State) was seventh. Stigler has the second-best time in the NCAAs at 49.42 followed by Steven White (North Texas) at 49.93. Jeffery Gibson (Oral Roberts) and Miles Ukaoma (Nebraska) are strong contenders are clocking 49.80 and 49.95, respectively, at Regionals. The semifinals of the 400 hurdles are set for Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. The top two from each of the three heats plus the next two fastest times will advance to the final on Friday at 4:40 p.m.

Making a re-appearance in the 800 is senior Russell Dinkins. He ran 1:48.29 in the 800 in 2011, finishing 19th. Dinkins will run the semifinal of the 800 on Wednesday at 4:45 p.m. The top two per heat along with the next two fastest times will make up the eight that will compete in the final on Friday at 5:30 p.m. Three of the eight that ran last year are returning, including Elijah Greer (Oregon/3rd), Ricky West (Penn State/6th) and Samuel Ellison (Villanova/8th). Greer owns the best time in the nation at 1:46.20 followed by Declan Murray (Loyola) and Casimir Loxsom (Penn State) with matching 1:46.77. Patrick Rono (Arkansas) ran one of the fastest times at Regionals at 1:46.49. Dinkins reached the semifinals by winning his heat at the Regionals, clocking a 1:51.58. He owns a PR of 1:48.24 run at Heps this year. Along with Hollimon, Dinkins won the national title in the distance medley relay this past indoor season. He was also a member of that 12th-place 4x400 relay from 2011.

Hollimon and Dinkins will be doing double duty at nationals. The will race in the 4x400 along with juniors Tom Hopkins and Daniel McCord. The semifinal is slated for Thursday at 6:40 p.m., with the top two relays per heat and next two fastest moving on to the final on Saturday at 3:50 p.m. Hollimon, Dinkins and Hopkins were all members of the 4x400 that clocked a 3:06.94 at the NCAA Championships in 2011 to finish 12th overall. In place of Mike Eddy ’11 is McCord who is making his NCAA debut. The relay qualified for Eugene by finishing third in their heat and eighth overall at the East Regional with a time of 3:07.09. The relays’ best time of the season was 3:06.26 from Heps. In last year’s final Florida won at 3:00.02 with USC and LSU following. Texas A&M has the top time this season at 3:02.52 followed by Florida, who returns all members of last year’s relay, at 3:02.65.

Juniors Michael Franklin and Chris Bendtsen will tackle the 10,000 on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. While both have competed in the NCAA Cross Country Championships, this is their first in track. Franklin has a PR of 29:27.89 from the Mt. Sac Relay this season, while Bendtsen has a PR of 29:47.00 from this year’s Heps. The duo went 1-2 at Heps and went 4-5 at the East Regional with Franklin clocking a 29:46.77 at Heps and a 29:57.31 in Greensboro, while Bendsten ran his PR at Heps and a 29:59.15 to qualify for the final. The top three times in the nation belong to competitors who did not race in this event last year. Girma Mecheso (Oklahoma State) is the only athlete to run under 28 minutes with a nation’s best 27:52.38. Lawi Lalang (Arizona) is second at 27:52.38 and Parker Stinson (Oregon) is third at 28:34.71. Lalang has a long resume that includes being the 2011 NCAA cross country champion and 2011 NCAA outdoor runner-up in the 5k, 2012 NCAA indoor champion in the 3k and 5k. Back for another try at the national title is Jared Ward (BYU) who was fifth last year, as well as Ryan Dohner (Texas/7th) and Paul Katam (UNC-Greensboro/9th)

 

WEDNESDAY

       

Julia Ratcliffe

Hammer

Final

June 5

1:30 p.m.

Russell Dinkins

800

Semifinal

June 5

4:45 p.m.

Austin Hollimon

400H

Semifinal

June 5

5 p.m.

         

THURSDAY

       

Greta Feldman

1500

Semifinal

June 6

4:30 p.m.

Dinkins, Hopkins, Hollimon, McCord

4x400

Semifinal

June 6

6:40 p.m.

Chris Bendtsen

10k

Final

June 6

7:15 p.m.

Michael Franklin

10k

Final

June 6

7:15 p.m.

         

FRIDAY

       

Imani Oliver

Triple Jump

Final

June 7

3:25 p.m.

Austin Hollimon

400H

Final

June 7

4:40 p.m.

Russell Dinkins

800

Final

June 7

5:30 p.m.

         

SATURDAY

       

Greta Feldman

1500

Final

June 8

2:19 p.m.

Dinkins, Hopkins, Hollimon, McCord

4x400

Final

June 8

3:50 p.m.

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