NCAA 2011/12 Concludes in Des Moines - USA Athletics Scholarships

NCAA 2011/12 Concludes in Des Moines


The 2012 collegiate track and field season concluded in Des Moines this weekend with the NCAA Outdoor Championships. As usual, the standard was extremely high and there were no doubt many soon to be Olympians competing across the various events.

In terms of the British and Irish athletes, after such a successful showing at the preliminary rounds, Des Moines will largely be remembered as disappointing. High ranking athletes such as James Alaka and Lorraine Ugen failed to advance to their respective finals, whilst others who did make finals struggled. After running 3:40 to qualify, indoor mile champion Chris O’Hare struggled on the last lap in a tactical 1500m final and finished in last place. This also demonstrates the difficulty involved in trying to stay on top form right the way through the indoor and outdoor seasons.

On a more positive note, two athletes who were able to carry on successful indoor form into June were Rich Peters and Sarah Waldron, both finishing sixth and earning their second All-American honours of the year. For Waldron, she has now reached the end of her collegiate track career and will surely be looking to continue her good form on into the British Olympic trials in two weeks. With Peters, he has shown so far this year that he is a great championship racer, and the next challenge for him will be to match these NCAA performances with a fast time to his name.

Mitch Goose, the Wade twins, Hannah Brooks, Holly Knight, and Ruth Senior all ended their collegiate track careers in Des Moines with respectable performances, and there is certainly no better way to bow out than at the NCAA Championships in front of a packed crowd.

For us, this also signifies the end of our first year of covering collegiate track and cross country. We have thoroughly enjoyed following the action and featuring athletes, and will of course be back in time for the 2012/2013 season.

British and Irish performances are listed below, with All-Americans highlighted. Full results can be found here

100m 7 (h) James Alaka JR Washington 10.34
200m 8 (h) James Alaka JR Washington 21.24
1500m 4 (h) Chris O’Hare JR Tulsa 3.40.14 Q
1500m 12 (f) Chris O’Hare JR Tulsa 3.51.64
1500m 4 (h) Rich Peters SO Boston U. 3.42.69 Q
1500m 6 (f) Rich Peters SO Boston U. 3.44.66
5000m 12 (f) Mitch Goose SR Iona 14.02.53
5000m 17 (f) David Rooney JR McNeese State 14.09.95
3000m sc 2 (h) Tom Wade SR Lamar 8.40.50 Q
3000m sc 13 (f) Tom Wade SR Lamar 9.03.59
3000m sc 8 (h) Tomas Cotter JR Wichita State 8.49.85
3000m sc 11 (h) Joe Wade SR Lamar 9.08.03
HT 14 (f) Nick Miller FR Oklahoma State 62.84m
100m 7 (h) Lorraine Ugen FR TCU 11.6
1500m 8 (h) Hannah Brooks SR Florida State 4.14.01
5000m 20 (f) Charlotte FfrenchO’Carroll JR Providence 17.09.04
10000m 6 (f) Sarah Waldron SR New Mexico 32.58.84
10000m 17 (f) Holly Knight SR Louisville 33.57.36
400m h 4 (h) Eseroghene Okoro JR Iowa State 57.61
3000m sc 8 (h) Ruth Senior SR New Mexico 10.13.48
LJ Foul Lorraine Ugen FR TCU N/A

Sarah Waldron after her All American Peformance

Chris O’Hare after the 1500m final


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