Bendtsen Headed to Oregon; Hopkins Advances on Day 1 of NCAA Regional
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (5/39/14) - Senior Chris Bendtsen has punched his ticket to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships for the second straight season in the 10,000. Bendtsen qualified for Eugene by finishing third with a time of 29:51.08 at the NCAA East Regional on the campus of the University of North Florida.
Midway through the race, at the 5k point, Bendtsen along with fellow senior Alejandro Arroyo Yamin were in the mix at a 15:15 pace. Bendtsen was in the top three with three laps to go and held on to that position for the final 1200 meters. Arroyo Yamin finished at 30:41.71 for 24th place and senior Tyler Udland was 36th at 31:53.17.
Senior Tom Hopkins finished 16th in the long jump. He was forced to take a pass on his final two jumps because a weather delay pushed back the time of the long jump, putting it too close to the start of the his other event, the 400.
Hopkins jumped to 7.32, 6.82 and 7.46 (24-5.75) to make the top 16 that advanced to get three more jumps. He was able to get in one final jump and reached 7.22 before having to pass on his final two, as he missed making the Eugene final by 1.5 inches.
Focusing on the 400, Hopkins qualified for the semifinals with a 46.79 in heat 2 placing fourth. He is one of 24 that advances to the semifinals tomorrow at 6 p.m.
Senior Michael Williams concluded his Princeton career in the quarterfinals of the 1500. Williams clocked 3:56.68 to finished 12th in heat 2 and 48th overall. Freshman William Paulson was 12th in heat 1 at 3:52.53 to place 43rd overall.
Senior Scott Rushton and freshman Chris Cook did not advance in the shot put, as the pair made their Regional debut. Rushton threw 17.16 (56-3.75) on his third throw, fouled on his second throw and threw to 16.96 on his first. He finished fifth in flight 1 and 36th overall. Cook was ninth in flight 1 and 42nd overall. He launched the shot to 16.70 (54-9.5) on his second throw, while fouling on his first and third attempts.
Competing tomorrow will be Hopkins in the 400 semifinals, as well as Eddie Owens in the steeplechase quarterfinals and Damon McLean and Nana Owusu-Nyantekyi in the triple jump.