NCAA Track & Field - Friday Update #2

LSU still has the lead in the third day of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Bernie Moore Stadium, but the Tigers missed an opportunity to add to that lead.<br> Our second update on Friday's action details the 400-meter hurdles finals and the 100-meter dash semifinals.

NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Friday, May 31 - UPDATE #2

Update #1, Update #3, Update #4

 

400-Meter Hurdles            Men's Final

 

LSU's Bennie Brazell, immediately after running the anchor leg for the Tigers' NCAA Championship 400-meter relay team, came back to claim second place in the 400-meter hurdles. Brazell and teammate Lueroy Colquhoun looked like they were head for a 2-3 finish, but Colquhoun fell coming down from the final hurdle and lay prone while the rest of the field crossed the line.

 

"I don't know if I was trying too hard or what," said Colquhoun, "but my lead leg caught a hurdle and it brought me down. I'll be okay for the 4-by-4 (Saturday's 1600-meter relay). It's kind of disappointing but I can make up for it tomorrow. It will be my last race in college so I'm going to let it all hang out."

 

Rickey Harris of Florida won the race with a time of 48.16 – a new Bernie Moore Stadium record and the best time run in the country this year. Brazell crossed next at 48.80, which goes down as the second best time ever run at LSU's home track.

 

"I feel good," said Brazell. "I just got beat in the 400 hurdles, no excuses. It just wasn't my day. I didn't bring my ‘A' game I guess."

 

Brazell's eight points moved the Tigers further ahead in the team competition with a total of 29 points. Colquhoun's fall cost six points, but LSU is still ahead of Georgia (15), Auburn (11) and Florida (10) through six events scored.

 

(AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Louisiana State's Lueroy Colquhoun watches from the ground as Minnesota's Mikael Jakobsson (632) and Louisiana State's Bennie Brazell (607) continue in the men's 400-meter hurdles during the NCAA outdoor track and field championships in Baton Rouge, La., Friday night, May 31, 2002. Brazell finished second with a time of 48.80. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

 

Athlete

School

Time

1. R. Harris

Florida

48.16

2. B. Brazell

LSU

48.80

3. F Sharpe

Auburn

49.76

4. B. Guymon

Utah State

49.84

5. M. Jakobsson

Minnesota

50.14

6. N. O'Brien

Villanova

50.16

7. M. Smith

Balyor

50.46

8. R. DePass

Colorado

51.53

 

400-Meter Hurdles            Women's Final

 

South Carolina's freshman duo of Leshinda Demus and Tiffany Ross finished first and second in the 400-meter hurdles to thrust the Lady Gamecocks ahead of UCLA in the women's team competition. Demus' time of 54.85 seconds was a new world junior record as well as a Bernie Moore Stadium record.

 

"I knew we had a fast crowd," said Demus. "We all came in qualifying really fast. I knew if we were qualifying that fast, I knew we were going to go that fast in the final. It wasn't that surprising."

 

Shevon Stoddart also pointed for South Carolina with a sixth place finish, putting the Lady Gamecocks ten points ahead of the Lady Bruins after nine events.

 

Sheena Johnson scored for UCLA with a fourth place finish in the 400 hurdles.

 

South Carolina has 40 points to UCLA's 30. Southern California was third with 17 points and Washington State stayed at fourth with 16.

 

LSU is in a seven-way tie for 13th place with eight points.

 

Athlete School Time

 

 

1. L. Demus

S. Carolina

54.85

2. T. Ross

S. Carolina

55.22

3. R. McIntosh

Texas

55.70

4. S. Johnson

ICLA

55.71

5. A. Farris

Kent State

55.79

6. S. Stoddart

S. Carolina

57.86

7. C. Demart

Baylor

58.02

8. C. Davis

Hampton

58.04

 

100-Meter Dash   Men's Semifinals

 

It will be a Southeastern Conference showdown in the finals of the 100-meter dash Saturday between Tennessee and Mississippi State. Both schools placed two athletes in the finals of the event with the Vols' Justin Gatlin posting the fastest time in Friday's semifinals, 10.05 seconds.

 

"I felt a little sluggish coming out of the blocks," said Gatlin, "but I think I will be able to fix that up for the finals."

 

Gatlin won the first heat running into a .5 mile per hour headwind. Leonard Scott, the fourth place finisher in the second heat, will also represent Tennessee. Mississippi State will have Dion Crabbe and Pierre Browne in the final.

 

Clemson's Dwight Thomas had the second-best semifinal time with a 10.17 in the second heat, run with a .4 m.p.h. headwind.

 

"I didn't come out as aggressive as I wanted," said Thomas. "I came back though and ran through the field and finished ahead.

 

"The conditions were fine. I just don't want to have to run in the rain. As long as the rain has stopped, then I'm fine."

 

Athlete School            Time

- top 4 from 2 heats and next 1 best time

Athlete

School

Time

1. J. Gatlin

Tennessee

10.05

2. D. Thomas

Clemson

10.17

3. M. Frater

TCU

10.21

4. D. Crabbe

Miss. State

10.25

5. P. Browne

Miss. State

10.22

6. A. Henry

Wash. State

10.25

7. L. Scott

Tennessee

10.23

8. A. Egbele

UTEP

10.29

 

100-Meter Dash            Women's Semifinals

 

Southern California had the strong showing it expected in the women's 100-meter dash. Natasha Mayers and Angela Williams will represent the Lady Trojans in Saturday's finals after finishing 1-2 in the second of two semifinal heats.

 

Mayers' time of 11.28 seconds was the best posted on Friday. Brianna Glenn of Arizona placed second with 11.38.

 

"It went good," said Mayers. "It went decent. I was happy with it. I am just going to come out here tomorrow and run my race again."

 

"The best thing us just being in the thick of things, right around everybody in the middle," said Glenn. "I am just looking forward to going out there tomorrow, racing with the best and giving it my best shot."

 

LSU will also have two athletes in the finals thanks to Muna Lee's 11.41 in the first heat and Stephanie Durst's 11.50 in the second heat. Lee's was the third-best time while Durst was the No. 6 qualifier.

 

Athlete School            Time

- top 4 from 2 heats plus next 1 best time

1. N. Mayers

Southern Cal

11.28

2. B. Glenn

Arizona

11.38

3. M. Lee

LSU

11.407

4. A. Williams

Southern Cal

11.408

5. L. Williams

Miami, Fla

11.48

6. S. Durst

LSU

11.50

7. C. Moore

Penn State

11.52

8. E. Goulbourne

Auburn

11.58

 


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