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Indoor season concludes

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‘Mixed emotions.’ Probably the two words that can best describe the thoughts and feelings of the 10 British  and Irish athletes as they departed from Fayetteville this morning.

Collegiate record holder and defending mile champion Chris O’Hare had by his own very high standard, a disappointing day at the office as he faded to a 7th place finish. However, even at his best the Tulsa athlete would have had his work cut out to cope with the form showed by Lawi Lalang. The Arizona Kenyan pulled off what will no doubt be remembered as one of the most spectacular doubles ever seen at collegiate level. Off of a 1.59 first half, Lalang turned on the burners in the second half of the race, and came home in a championship record of 3.54.74. Rather than crack open the champagne to celebrate, he was back on the track less than two hours later for the 3000m final. A steady first 1k to open with, Lalang again hit the front and proceeded to set his second championship record with a time of 7:45.94. Similar to O’Hare in the mile, Oklahoma State’s Tom Farrell also found it tough going in the 3000m as he finished in 13th position.

One Oklahoma State Cumbrian who did have a good day was Nick Miller. The Border Harrier went into the weight throw event ranked 15th, though his 21.48 effort was good enough to place him as high as 4th. Miller also earns the title of being the highest place domestic athlete at the years championship.

Ejiro Okoro finished in 7th in a high quality women’s 800m final. After running 2:06 to qualify, the Iowa State athlete improved in the final to 2:05.44, a time she has only ever bettered twice outdoors.

Jo Moultrie narrowly missed adding to her All-American award from cross country. The Scottish athlete finished a highly respectable 10th in the women’s 3000m.

In DII, Stephen Emery produced his best performance yet in an Adams State vest as he finished 4th in the final of the mile. Competing in the 3000m Ieuan Thomas came mightily close to picking up his first national title. The Western athlete was narrowly out sprinted by Adams Rival Kevin Batt.

As another NCAA season draws to a close, it is worth summarizing the achievements of the British and Irish athletes this indoor season.  The stats make for pleasant reading and include:

  • 1 Collegiate record
  • 5 Individual DI All-Americans
  • 2 DMR DI All-Americans
  • 2 DII All-Americans
  • 22 Conference titles won

Final NCAA results

NCAA DI Indoor Championships 
800
6h1 1:48.93 Anthony Lieghio Arkansas
800
2h1 2:06.10 Q Ejiroghene Okoro Iowa State
7 f 2:05.44 Ejiroghene Okoro Iowa State
Mile
6h1 4:41.29 Vicky Fouhy Virginia
Mile
2h2 4:01.76 Q Chris O’Hare Tulsa
7 f 4:02.96 Chris O’Hare Tulsa
3000
13 8:04.14 Tom Farrell Oklahoma State
3000
10 9:14.84 Jo Moultrie New Mexico
5000
8 13:46.44 Luke Caldwell New Mexico
LJ
5 6.35 Lorraine Ugen TCU
WT
4 21.48 Nick Miller Oklahoma State
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
4 f 4:08.99 Stephen Emery Adams State
3000
2 8:07.77 Ieuan Thomas Western State
DMR
9 10:05.25 Ieuan Thomas (mile) Western State

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