NCAA Track & Field Day One Recap

The television crews are yet to unwrap their equipment at Hornet Stadium, but the action Wednesday in Sacramento started hot for the 2007 NCAA Track & Field Championships. Medals are still to come; this first day was for opening heats. Stanford has already advanced eight athletes, including a handful of eye-catching performances. Josh Hustedt is also in good position halfway through the decathlon.

Strange weather in the Capitol City, 70's and breezy, although it calmed later in the evening.  Stanford had a great day, advancing those who should, and we watched Josh Hustedt end the day in the race for points in the Decathlon.

Hustedt ended Day One in sixth place, highlighted by 24-1 3/4 in the long jump and 6-7 1/2 in the high jump.  He finished with 3,869 points, in a fine position to place.  He even had not one but two fair shot puts.  The key today will be excelling in the high hurdles and pole vault, his two strong second-day events, and finishing with a decent 1500m.

In the Women's 100m, Jakki Bailey didn't advance out of the heats, but Janice Davis ran a fine 11.50 to reach to the semifinals.  Sadly, Davis finished back in the pack with an 11.65 and will not repeat her 2006 final showing.

Michael Garcia ran a near 800m PR, 1:49.62, but could not advance.  Ashley Freeman did move on in the Women's 800m with 2:07.23.

Michael Robertson had the second best throw, 199-2, to advance in the discus, but Daniel Schaerer missed by about three feet.

Erica McLain had a season best 20-7 to advance in the long jump, but it'll be hard to place high in this loaded event.

Lindsay Allen was really the star today, setting new school and Pac-10 records in the 3000m steeplechase, 10:01.53, to advance.  The Pleasant Hill (Calif.) junior broke the old record by six seconds.

Teresa McWalters ran a very controlled 16:05.92 to easily advance in the 5000m.  She finished high here, a rising star.

Jacob Gomez and Hari Mix ran very easily and well to advance in the 5000m, Mix running a PR 16:00.01.

It'll be a bit warmer today, but with a slight wind.  And lots of action.


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