Bowie Claims Silver In Long Jump
June 8, 2012
IRVING, Texas - Southern Miss' TORI BOWIE came up short in defending her national long jump title as she picked up a silver medal in the event in the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
A member of the USTFCCCA All-America first team, Bowie recorded a mark of 6.60m (21-8) in her first attempt in taking the early lead. She held the lead until TCU's Whitney Gipson recorded a mark of 6.82m (22-4.50) on her second attempt. Bowie improved her mark in her final attempt of the night with a leap of 6.66m (21-10.25).
Also competing in the women's long jump were UCF's JACQUELYN GILCHRIST and SONNISHA WILLIAMS. The pair earned USTFCCCA All-America second team honors with a 13th (6.25m/20-6.25) and 14th place finish (6.19m/20-3.75), respectively.
Senior JACKIE COWARD led the No. 13 Knights Thursday night as she advanced to Saturday's finals at 12:14 p.m. CT in the 100-meters hurdles with a school record and personal-best time of 12.81. The performance was the third-quickest of her heat and the fourth-best overall.
Freshman OCTAVIOUS FREEMAN also advanced to Saturday's finals at 11:47 a.m. CT of the 200m by topping her own school record, freshman record and personal best in the event with a time of 22.74. Her performance was the fastest by a freshman that day and the seventh-fastest overall.
Sophomore AURIEYALL SCOTT secured All-American second team distinction with a personal-best time of 22.76 in the 200m. Although Scott finished among the semifinals' top eight spots, Texas A&M's Ashley Collier's automatic qualifying time of 23.01 as the second-fastest performance of the third heat edged Scott for a place in the finals.
Rice distance runner BECKY WADE earned her third All-America accolade for 2011-12 with an eighth-place finish in the 10,000m with a time of 33:13.57. The senior also earned All-America honors in cross country and for the 5,000m at the NCAA Indoor Championship.
Junior CLAYTON CHANEY earned second-team All-America honors in the decathlon for Rice. He totaled 7,446 points, his second-highest decathlon point total, to finish in 16th place. Chaney's career-best is 7,475 points set at the 2012 Conference USA Outdoor Championships.
Tulsa senior CARL STONES and junior CHRIS O'HARE both advanced to the finals of the respective men's races. Stones placed third in his heat and fourth overall in the 3,000m Steeplechase with a mark of 8:39.70. He also became the first Tulsa runner in school history to compete at the NCAA Championship in the steeplechase.
O'Hare finished fourth in his heat of the 1,500m semifinals with a mark of 3:40.14. This marks his second-straight appearance in the finals of the event. He won the national championship in the indoor mile in February 2012 and placed 11th in the 1500m at the 2011 NCAA outdoor meet.
O'Hare's race time on Saturday is set for 11:17 a.m. CT, while Stones will hit the track at 11:52 a.m.
UTEP freshman ANTHONY ROTICH also qualified for the finals of the 3,000m Steeplechase with a personal-best time of 8:41.14. He finished eighth overall but third in the first heat.
Miner teammate and sophomore JANICE JACKSON competed in the 100m hurdles where she finished 18th overall (13.35). Houston senior DEMEEKA JONES placed 22nd overall (13.41) in the same event. Cougar senior TAI'SHEA REESE and SHEILA PAUL of UCF ended the year with a 19th (23.61) and 21st (23.65) place performance in the women¡¦s 200m, respectively.
Memphis sophomore DARIUS LYNWOOD placed 13th in the men's high jump, clearing a height of 2.15m (7'.50"). The mark earned him USTFCCCAA All-America second team honors.
Houston's 4x400 men's relay team of DOMINIQUE CHARLES, KELVIN FURLOUGH, DOUG KELLEY and ERROL NOLAN wrapped up C-USA's performances on Thursday coming in at 21st overall with a time of 3:08.08.
NCAA championship action continues Friday at 2:00 p.m. CT with the men's hammer, followed by the women's high jump at 4:30 p.m. C-USA will have four athletes competing in final events starting with TYNITA BUTTS of East Carolina in the women's high jump and Houston's THOMAS LANG in the triple jump. Freeman and Scott will attempt to medal in the women's 100m at 6:02 p.m.
The top eight in each event are deemed USTFCCCAA first-team All-America, with the next eight places earning second-team All-America.
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