Day 1 Recap: NCAA Indoor Championships

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Fayetteville, AR—The Ivy squad kicked off the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center at the University of Arkansas, Friday, March 13.

Conor McCullough (Princeton) set the tone for the first day of competition with a second place finish in the men’s weight throw. McCullough entered the finals in second with a throw of 77-5.50, a slight personal best for the USC Trojan. By the final round, McCullough had dropped to third place after Chukwuebuka Enekwechi of Purdue bested his effort in 79-4. On his last throw McCullough released an 80-3.75 mark, setting a new personal best, school record and bettering a previous NCAA Indoor Championships record. Michael Lihrman (Wisconsin) won the event in 80-10.25, which is now a new championship record.

In the women’s mile, Sammy Silva (Harvard) posted a time of 4:36.79 to advance through the prelims. Silva, the only Lobo of New Mexico to qualify for finals, finished second in her heat and sixth overall to secure a spot in Saturday’s race. John Gregorek (Columbia) also claimed a spot in the men’s mile with a time of 3:58.75. Gregorek will join his Oregon teammates  Daniel Winn and Edward Cheserek in the final where the Ducks have a chance of sweeping the event.  While Silva and Gregorek were originally listed as candidates for their schools’ DMR squads, neither one ended up racing in the event.

Sophomore Megan Curham (Princeton) earned an All-American honor in the women’s 5,000m where she placed 10th with 16.07.46, joining Emily Kroshus (Princeton ’04) as the only Tigers who have earned All-American accolades in each of the three TF/XC seasons.  Will Geoghegan (Dartmouth) picked up two points for the Ducks with his seventh place finish in the men’s 5,000m final. Geoghegan ran a 13:56.11, which placed him behind his teammates Eric Jenkins who won the championship title in 13:48.36 and Parker Stinson who placed third in 13:52.79.

Action will conclude this afternoon, where it will be finals all around.

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 

HEPTATHLON
10:45am – Heptathlon 60 Hurdles
11:30am (estimate) – Heptathlon Pole Vault
2:00pm (estimate) – Heptathlon 1000 meters

PENTATHLON
11:30am – Pentathlon 60 Hurdles
12:15pm (estimate) – Pentathlon High Jump
2:15pm (estimate) – Pentathlon Shot Put
3:25pm (estimate) – Pentathlon Long Jump
4:35pm (estimate) – Pentathlon 800 meters

FIELD EVENTS
3:30pm – High Jump Men, Final
3:45pm – Shot Put Women, Trials & Finals (Harvard’s Nikki Okwelogu)
5:30pm – Pole Vault Women, Final
6:00pm – Triple Jump Women, Trials & Finals (Columbia’s Nadia Eke)
6:00pm – Triple Jump Men, Trials & Finals
6:30pm – Shot Put Men, Trials & Finals (Cornell’s Stephen Mozia)

TRACK EVENTS
6:00pm – 1 Mile Women, Final (Sammy Silva [Harvard/New Mexico])
6:10pm – 1 Mile Men, Final (John Gregorek [Columbia/Oregon])
6:20pm – 60 Hurdles Women, Final
6:30pm – 60 Hurdles Men, Final
6:40pm – 400 meters Women, Final
6:50pm – 400 meters Men, Final
7:00pm – 60 meters Women, Final
7:10pm – 60 meters Men, Final
7:20pm – 800 meters Women, Final
7:30pm – 800 meters Men, Final
7:40pm – 200 meters Women, Final
7:50pm – 200 meters Men, Final
8:00pm – 3000 meters Women, Final (Dartmouth’s Dana Giordano)
8:15pm – 3000 meters Men Final, (Will Geoghegan [Dartmouth/Oregon])
8:30pm – 4×400 Relay Women, Final
8:45pm – 4×400 Relay Men, Final

– Nell Smith

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