Men's Track and Field's Wilson and Clark headed to NCAA Championships
May 28, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- Junior Jamal Wilson and freshman Hayden Clark earned spots at the NCAA Championships and freshman Keiron Stewart advanced in the 110-meter hurdles during day two of the West Preliminary on Friday. Wilson tied for eighth in the high jump, while Clark finished ninth in the pole vault to secure qualification in the next rounds.
Wilson cleared his finishing height of 6-11 on his first attempt, which would come back to qualify him for the next round. With the NCAA advancing the top 12 in each event, the high jump went to a jump-off to determine the athletes that would move on. As the meet officials broke the ties, they determined that seven athletes cleared 7-1, leaving five of the 12 spots. Wilson was one of three athletes that cleared 6-11 on the first attempt, advancing those three, leaving two spots.
From there, Darrell Roddick from Texas Tech and Jordan Bishop and Obum Gwacham of Oregon State, who are roommates, were involved in a three-man jump off for two spots after each cleared 6-11 on their second attempts. In the jump-off, Roddick cleared 7-1 on his first attempt to move on. Both Bishop and Obum missed at 7-1 and 7-0.25 before Bishop got over at 6-11.50 to advance, leaving Obum as the odd man out.
Clark managed to clear 17-2.75 on his first attempt of the pole vault to give him sole possession of ninth place and move on to Eugene. He opened with a second-attempt clearance at 16-2.75 before clearing 16-8.75 on his first attempt. After passing at 17-0.75, Clark went over at 17-2.75 on his first chance. He narrowly missed clearing 17-4.50 on each of his three attempts, but his first-attempt clearance at the previous height was enough for him to advance.
Stewart opened events on the track today by breezing to an easy victory in the first heat of the 110-meter hurdles with a 13.61. That time, which was the second-fastest on the day, equaled the mark he posted to finish third at the Big 12 Championships two weeks ago and is just .01 seconds off his collegiate best. Stewart will look to advance to Eugene tomorrow when he races in the quarterfinals at 7:05 p.m.
Joining Stewart on the track tomorrow will be the 4x100-meter relay (6 p.m.), Patrick Todd in the 1,500 meters (6:30 p.m.) and the 4x400-meter relay (9:25 p.m.), while Hayden Baillio, who qualified for Eugene in the shot put on Thursday, will throw the discus at noon.