NCAA day one results - USA Athletics Scholarships

NCAA day one results

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The opening day of the NCAA Track and Field Championships saw six British men take to the stage in one of the iconic stadiums in world athletics; Hayward Field, Oregon.

As has often been the case this season, the stand-out performance once again came from a field eventer in the form of Matti Mortimore. The North Dakota State man, who only qualified in the 12th and final regional position for Eugene, threw a lifetime best of 72.44 to finish in a highly commendable 7th position. This top 8 finish also earns him a prestigious first team All-American honour.

The other athlete to compete in a final on day one was Tulsa distance runner Marc Scott. Competing in the 10,000m, Scott finished in 11th position in a time of 29.37. Although this is probably slightly down on what he would have been looking for, it still concludes an excellent year for the Golden Hurricane athlete over all three disciplines of the sport; cross country, indoor track, and outdoor track.

Zak Seddon continued his fine form in the 3000m steeplechase, qualifying for Fridays final in a time of 8.41 after finishing third in his semi-final. He will have to take on some high quality Kenyans in the final, though the way he is running, has every chance of doing well. There will also be the added incentive of scoring points for Florida State, who should be amongst the leading teams by the end of the meet.

For the shorter distance athletes competing in events where fields are reduced from 24 to 8 in one round, all three were victims of this ruthless cut off procedure and just how high the standard is. George Caddick (fifth – 400m), Sam Watts (sixth – 200m), and Harry Fisher (sixth – 800m), all performed admirably in their respective heats, but couldn’t manage to finish in the top two positions needed to advance to the finals. To give some perspective of what it took to qualify for the final in these events, we can contrast these heat results to how many British senior men ran the equivalent time last year:

200m – 20.35 – 1

400m – 45.93 – 8

800m – 1:48.08 – 14

In case you were wondering why there are no womens results to report, that is simply due to a change of scheduling this year. This year day one and day three are entirely mens events, with days two and four operating the same timetable for women. With that being said, five British women begin their quest for a national title tonight, in the early hours UK time.

See below for day one results, full meet results can be found here

Day one
Event Name Class School Perf Qualify Heat / Place
200 Sam Watts JR TCU 20.74 1 (6)
400 George Caddick SO Baylor 46.54 3 (5)
800 Harry Fisher SR Wyoming 1:48.93 3 (6)
3000m SC Zak Seddon JR Florida State 8:41.12 Q 1 (3)
10000 Marc Scott SO Tulsa 29:37.18 11
Javelin Matti Mortimore SO North Dakota State 72.44 7

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