Tigers Set for NCAA First Round

<i>Katie Evans will compete in the shot put and discus.</i>

Katie Evans will compete in the shot put and discus.

May 26, 2010

NCAA First Round Central

AUSTIN, Texas - Two weeks after hosting the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the Mizzou track and field program will resume postseason action tomorrow in Austin, Texas, as it will participate in the first round of the NCAA Championships. The meet will run from Thursday (May 27) through Saturday (May 29). This is the first year that the NCAA has used this format for the NCAA Championships as it replaces the Regional format that had been used in the past. That means each of the Tigers' 19 student-athletes have qualified for the NCAA Championships rather than Regionals.

For complete information, including a meet schedule and links to live video and live results, be sure to click the link at the top of this page.

The track athletes will need to advance through first round heats and quarterfinals in their respective events in order to advance to the semifinals and finals, which will be held at the second round of the NCAA Championships in, Eugene, Ore., in June. However, the 10,000m and 5,000m semifinals will be contested at both of the first round sites, leaving just the finals in those events for Eugene. The field athletes will need to advance in qualifying rounds in their respective events over the weekend in order to advance to the second round of the Championships in Eugene.

The three-day meet will begin on Thursday at noon and will feature the majority of the first round heats of each track event, along with qualifying rounds for six field events. Friday's session, which again begins at noon, will include quarterfinals in many track events along with first rounds in the 200m dash and 100m and 110m hurdles. The meet will conclude on Saturday with the running of five event quarterfinals with qualifying rounds in five field events. Action begins at noon on Saturday and will conclude at 9:45 p.m. with the women's 4x400m relay.



Sophomore Blake Irwin (Bettendorf, Iowa), who is fresh off of his Big 12 title at 800m, is the Tigers' top seed at the first round as he is ranked ninth overall after clocking in at 1:48.40 while winning the Big 12 800m title. He and Aaron Dixon (Lee's Summit, Mo.) will compete in the men's 800m run first round at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday. Should they qualify, they will run again in the quarterfinals on Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Also participating in the distance and middle-distance events for the Tiger men will be Tim Cornell (Columbia, Mo.) and Phillip King (Columbia, Mo.). Cornell will run in the first round of the 1,500m run, scheduled for Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Should he advance, he will run again at 6:30 on Saturday. King will run in the 10,000m run semifinal, slated for an 8:30 p.m. start on Thursday. Should he advance, he will earn a spot in Eugene. A pair of hurdlers will also compete at the first round of the Championships for the Tiger men. Chris Davis (Riverdale, Ga.) will be the first Tiger to compete on the track on Thursday as he will run on the 400m hurdles, which is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Nick Adcock (Kansas City, Mo.), who has already qualified for the second round of the NCAA Championships in the decathlon, will run in the 110m hurdles on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

Asa Wyatt (Poplar Bluff, Mo.) and Andy Oaker (Steelville, Mo.) will be the first two throwers on the men's side to compete as they will both look to qualify on Thursday. Wyatt will compete in the men's javelin noon while Oaker will throw the shot at 5:30 p.m. Chris Holly (Topeka, Kan.) will also compete in the men's hammer throw at 3 p.m. Friday.

On the women's side, Leslie Farmer (Jefferson City, Mo.) enters the meet as Mizzou's top overall seed at No. 15 in the 400m hurdles. The first round of that event will be held on Friday at 5:45 p.m. Layne Moore (Emporia, Kan.) will compete in the 800m run for Mizzou as the first round will be held on Thursday at 8 p.m; the quarterfinals in that event will be contested on Friday at 6:45 p.m. Senior Ellen Ries (Ryan, Iowa) will also compete in the middle-distance events as she is slated to run in the 1,500m run at 5 p.m. on Thursday. Should she advance, she will compete again on Saturday at 6:45 p.m. Angela Potrykus (Evergreen, Colo.) rounds out the distance runners for the women as she will run in the 3,000m steeplechase quarterfinals at 9:10 p.m. Friday.

Lana Mims (Tulsa, Okla.) will compete in the 200m dash and the long jump on the weekend as she is one of two Tigers to qualify in multiple events. The first round of the 200m dash will be run at 8 p.m. Friday and she will compete in the long jump at 7 p.m. that day as well, giving her a packed schedule. Three throwers round out the Tiger participants at the meet, highlighted by Katie Evans (Powersville, Mo.), who has qualified in both the shot put and discus. Megan Collins (Lee's Summit, Mo.) will join Evans in the discus while Laura Greenfield (Liberty, Mo.) will join Evans in the shot put. The discus will be contested on Friday at noon while the shot put will begin at 1 p.m. Thursday.

For a complete recap of the first round of the NCAA Championships, stay tuned to MUTigers.com.

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