Ugen & Jones take gold in Day 1 - USA Athletics Scholarships

Ugen & Jones take gold in Day 1


There was a glorious start for to proceedings last night at Hayward Field, with two of the six national titles available being won by British athletes.

Lorraine Ugen made up for the disappointment of fouling out of last years championship to produce a stunning new personal best of 6.77m in the third round. After two sub par jumps to open the competition, the TCU athlete found herself dangerously close to being eliminated at the mid point competition. However, it was at this crucial point that she was able to deliver her best performance, and her third round effort would be good enough not only to make the cut, but to see her right through to earn her first national championship. Despite the initial danger of having to fight to be avoided, her mark of 6.77m was never seriously challenged, with second place finisher Andrea Geubelle recording a jump of 6.50m.

The second national title of the evening came courtesy of true freshman Freya Jones (Georgia). Competing in the javelin, the Southampton athlete’s lifetime best effort in the fifth round of 54.95 earned her a narrow victory over Florida’s Marija Vucenovic (54.76). Jones’s throw was a personal best by exactly two meters, and if there was ever a time for her to have a breakthrough performance, then the NCAA Championships at Hayward Field was certainly a good place to chose.

Away from the heights of  two championship wins in the field, it was a disappointing night for the domestic athletes on the track. Of the five athletes competing in semi finals, only steeplechaser Tomas Cotter was able to advance to the final. The Okoro twins both performed admirably, though such is the high standard at this meet, they would have both needed huge personal bests to have had a chance of qualifying for the finals in their respective events.

Katie Clark found it tough going in the women’s 10,000m, struggling to a 22nd place finish. She does however have the chance to have a second crack at mastering Hayward Field, as she competes again in the 5000m on Friday.

British and Irish results are below, and full results of the meet can be found here

Event Performance Placing Name School
800m 1:55.08 7 (h2) Anthony Lieghio Arkansas
1500m 8:43.38 5 (h1) Q Tomas Cotter Wichita State
3000m s/c 9:14.92 11 (h1) Zak Seddon Florida State
400m h 58.71 4 (h1) Eseroghene Okoro Iowa State
800m 2:05.77 6 (h2) Ejirogene Okoro Iowa State
10000m 35:31.07 22 Katie Clark Butler
LJ 6.77 1 Lorraine Ugen TCU
JT 54.95 1 Freya Jones Georgia

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