NCAA Championships Day 1 round up - trackboundUSA

NCAA Championships Day 1 round up

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Lorraine Ugen and Luke Caldwell were the highlights of a solid first day for the British and Irish athletes competing in the NCAA Indoor Championships. After failing to record a valid jump at either the indoor or outdoor championships last year, Ugen fared far better this time round. A final round jump of 6.35m propelled her to 5th in the standings, leading to her first All-American top 8 podium finish.

Luke Caldwell has been one of the big breakthrough performers during this indoor season and he finished in a very creditable 8th position in a high quality mens 5k. His time of 13.46  was only 6 seconds slower than he recorded on the super fast Washington track earlier in the year, though still far superior to anything he had achieved prior to 2013.  After a top 30 finish in cross, Caldwell’s 8th place here earns him his second All-American award.

There were mixed results in the 800m and mile for the British and Irish athletes. Collegiate record holder Chris O’Hare advanced comfortably in the mens mile. Iowa State’s Ejiroghene Okoro also ran superbly to advance in the womens 800 in what is her debut at an NCAA Championship. Anthony Lieghio (800m) and Vicky Fouhy (mile) both missed out on finals by virtue of finishing 6th in their respective prelims. However, both put in solid performances in line with what they had been running throughout this indoor season.

There were several athletes involved in the mayhem event that is the distance medley relay. Whilst this is not an event that is ever held in Britain, it is always exciting to watch, and there will no doubt have been an electric atmosphere inside the Randal Tyson arena. Tom Farrell warmed up for the 3000m to anchor Oklahoma State to a 6th place finish. Behind him Anthony Leighio had a second crack at the cherry as part of the Arkansas squad. Unfortunately the hosts and favourites for the overall team title could only finish in 9th. Georgia Peel, who did not compete in the individual mile, ran the 800m leg in Florida States 4th place finishing team.

Elsewhere a resurgent Stephen Emery has qualified for the final of the mile in the DII championships, being held in Birmingham, Alabama.

We will conclude the indoor season with full results once both championships are completed tomorrow.

NCAA DI Indoor Championships 
800
6h1 1:48.93 Anthony Lieghio Arkansas
800
2h1 2:06.10 Q Ejiroghene Okoro Iowa State
Mile
6h1 4:41.29 Vicky Fouhy Virginia
Mile
2h2 4:01.76 Q Chris O’Hare Tulsa
5000
8 13:46.44 Luke Caldwell New Mexico
LJ
5 6.35 Lorraine Ugen TCU
DMR
6 9:35.55 Inc Tom Farrell (mile) Oklahoma State
9 9:42.31 Inc Anthony Lieghio (800) Arkansas
DMR
4 11:00.78 Inc Georgia Peel (800) Florida State
NCAA DII Indoor Championships 
Mile
3h2 4:13.00 Q Stephen Emery Adams State

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