Though three University of Colorado track athletes competed on the second day of competition at the 2014 NCAA Track and Field Championships, none where able to advance any further, as all three failed to qualify for the finals in their respective fields on Thursday at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.
Junior Blake Theroux crossed the line in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 8:54.70, good for eighth place in his heat and 17th overall. UTEP's Anthony Rotich took the top spot with a time of 8:39.76, while Tanguy Pepiot of the host Ducks earned the 12th and final spot with a time of 8:50.03.
The other two Buffs competing, freshman Ben Saarel and junior Jake Hursyz, were both unable to capture one of the 12 spots in Saturday's 1,500-meter finals. Saarel ran the event in 3:47.19, while Hursyz crossed in 3:48.16, good for 16th and 20th overall, respectively.
Arizona's Lawi Lalang earned top billing in the event, clocking in at 3:41.03.
The NCAA Track and Field Championships continue Friday with just one CU athlete competing, as senior Shalaya Kipp will represent the Buffs in the 3,000-meter steeplechase women's final. Sophomore Carrie Verdon will compete on Saturday in the 5,000-meter final.
NCAA Track and Field Championships
University of Oregon, Hayward Field
Thursday, June 12
Men's 3,000-meter Steeplechase (semifinal)
Top 12 Advance to Saturday Finals
1. Anthony Rotich (UTEP) 8:39.76; 2. Ole Hesselbjerg (Eastern Kentucky) 8:43.19; 3. Brandon Doughty (Oklahoma) 8:43.87; 4. Kyle King (Virginia) 8:43.99; 5. Alex Brill (Wisconsin) 8:44.01; 6. Caleb Hoover (Northern Arizona) 8:44.22; 7. Edwin Kibichiy (Louisville) 8:44.97; 8. Stanley Kebenei (Arkansas) 8:48.83; 9. John Prizzi (New Hampshire) 8:49.01; 10. Mason Ferlic (Michigan) 8:49.20; 11. Alex Deir (Oklahoma) 8:49.29; 12. Tanguy Pepiot (Oregon) 8:50.03; 17. Blake Theroux (Colorado) 8:54.70
Men's 1500 meters (semifinal): Heat 1
1. Mac Fleet (Oregon) 3:45.90; 2. Sam Prakel (Oregon) 3:46.06; 3. Michael Atchoo (Stanford) 3:46.23; 4. Brannon Kidder (Penn State) 3:46.32; 5. Sam Penzenstadler (Loyola [Ill.]) 3:46.74; 7. Ben Saarel (Colorado) 3:47.19
Men's 1500 meters (semifinal): Heat 2
1. Lawi Lalang (Arizona) 3:41.03; 2. Grant Pollock (Virginia Tech) 3:41.18; 3. Jordan Williamsz (Villanova) 3:41.23; 4. Peter Callahan (New Mexico) 3:41.52; 5. John Simons (Minnesota) 3:41.65; 10. Jake Hurysz (Colorado) 3:48.16
Team Scoring (Women) Thru Event 40
Oregon 19.0, Akron 10.0, Florida 10.0, Texas A&M 10.0, Princeton 10.0, 6) Colorado 8.0, Kent State 8.0, Oklahoma 8.0. Nebraska 8.0 , Kentucky 8.0
Team Scoring (Men) Thru Event 40
Oregon 20.0, Oklahoma State 16.0. Wisconsin 12.0, Texas 11.5, Kent State 10.0, Mississippi 10.0, Georgia 9.0, Akron 8.0, Cornell 8.0, Tennessee 6.0 , 20) Colorado 2.0