British NCAA Indoor results

NCAA results final

Rosie Clarke

Day two

Another great day for the British athletes in Fayetteville as three more add their names to the All-American list, bringing the total for the meet up to 7.

Just as with day one, the highest finisher again came from the field, with Ben Williams taking third place in the triple jump with 16.53. This was only 2cm shy of his recent personal best and also a one place improvement from fourth at the same meet last year. Competing in the same event, Babatunde Amosu struggled to replicate his seasons form, finishing down in 15th place with a best jump of 15.20.

On the track there were a pair of excellent performances from Rosie Clarke (mile) and Adam Bitchell (3000m), who both finished in the top six. Clarke improved on her Milrose Games performance to set a lifetime best of 4:31.75, to finish fourth and keep the British tradition of success in the flagship track event going. New Mexico’s Adam Bitchell was the only British representative in the 3000m and ran very well. After just scraping into the meet, he vastly exceeded his ranking to finish sixth. To see how much it meant to him, look no further than his post race tweet: ‘What a way to bow out of the NCAA, finally achieved the All-American dream. Lobo for life. That’s a fact.’

The only other individual competing on Saturday was Calli Thackery of New Mexico. She finished in 13th postion in the 3000m in a time of 9:26.33

Day one

The British men made an excellent start to proceedings in Fayetville, with a perfect four from four ending the day as All-Americans.

Jax Thoirs of Washington was the highest placed of the quartet, finishing 4th in the pole vault. In a hotly contested event, the third through sixth finishers all recorded the same height of 5.50, so it was down to count back to separate them.

Also finishing in the top five was Tulsa’s Marc Scott in the 5000m. Whilst not initially ranked in a qualifying top 16 position, the Yorkshireman made the most of his opportunity and ran an excellent race to back up his cross country result from November. His time of 13.54 was the second fastest he has ever ran, and to quote from his twitter feed “Finished the season on a high: 5th place in the NCAA 5k! Now it’s time for outdoors. Thanks for the support.

We said in our preview that Allan Hamilton is a rare non-distance Brit competing for New Mexico, and he certainly delivered a strong performance with a 6th place finish in the long jump. Competing in his first non-altitude event of the season, the Sale Harrier produced an excellent jump of 7.74, which was an indoor personal best and also a distance he has only bettered once outdoors.

After a number of near misses, we really hoped that this would be when Nick Miller finally won his first NCAA title, though unfortunately the wait goes on. The Oklahoma State Cumbrian added yet another All-American accolade to his collection, this time finishing 7th in the weight throw. Slightly down on what he probably expected, the senior will have one more chance in the outdoor hammer to finally pick up that elusive title.

On the womens side there were mixed fortunes in the mile. Iona’s Rosie Clarke advanced to the final as expected but unfortunately Rhianwedd Price was disqualified from her heat for committing a lane violation. This is even more unfortunate given that she had done enough to qualify for the finals with a time of 4:36.39.

There were a number of relay athletes in action, with Elliott Slade’s Villanova being the best placed involving any of the Brits to finish 5th

Whilst overall representation is down this year, it is fantastic to see those who have made it perform so highly, and we are hopeful that the All-American count will continue to rise by tomorrow.

Final results

Results from both days are below with All-Americans highlighted. For full meet results, please see here

3000m 6 8:02.72  Adam Bitchell New Mexico
5000m 5 13:54.25 Mark Scott Tulsa
WT 7 21.78 Nick Miller Oklahoma State
PV 4 5.50 Jax Thoirs Washington
TJ 3 16.53 Ben Williams Louisville
TJ 15 15.20 Babatunde Amousu Texas A&M
LJ 6 7.74 Allan Hamilton New Mexico
Mile (heat) DQ - Rhianwedd Price Mississippi State
Mile (heat) 3 Q 4:37.52 Rosie Clarke Iona
Mile (final) 4 4:31.75 Rosie Clarke Iona
3000m 13 9:26.33 Calli Thackery Nex Mexico
Relays (Men)
DMR 5 9:32.96 Elliot Slade Villanova
DMR 9 9:47.78 Matthew Fayers Oklahoma State
DMR 11 9:53.98 Neil Gourley Virginia Tech
DMR DNF - Robbie Farnham-Rose Alabama
4*400 5 3:07.03 Sam Watts TCU
Relays (Women)
DMR 10 11:17.98 Cali Thackery & Sophie Connor New Mexico
DMR 11 11:31.24 Chelsea Jarvis Florida State


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