NCAA update: Robbie Andrews, 1:45.54, by Walt Murphy, note by Larry Eder

Robbie Andrews, Millrose 2009, photo by

Last night, at a reception for the adidas Grand Prix and NYC 10k, I had a few moments with
our friend, Walt Murphy. Walt and I were considering the possibilities of the men's 800 meter final, between Wheating and Andrews. Shall we dare say it-perhaps a 1:43? Should be a race for the ages!

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Virginia freshman Robby Andrews, who just turned 19 at the end of March, ran an amazing 1:45.54 to win his semi-final race in the 800 on the opening day of the NCAA Div.I  Championships. His time moves him into 3rd place on the All-Time U.S. Junior List(see below and attached). The table is now set for a potentially great final, with Andrews facing Oregon senior Andrew Wheating
. Andrews surprised Wheating in the final five meters to win the NCAA Indoor title in March.

WIth both runners fond of coming from far off the pace, the scene for Friday's final at Hayward Field will be reminiscent of the 2008 Olympic Trials, where Wheating came from behind in the stretch to join fellow Oregonians Nick Symmonds and Christian Smith on the U.S. team in one of the most electric races in U.S. history.

Complete results from Friday can be found at:

Field event action resumes today at 3pmPT(6pmET), with the first running event going off at 4:15pmPT(7:15pmET).

You can watch live streaming video (free) at

Eugene Register-Guard Coverage

Track and Field News

Thanks to John Blackburn for pointing out that I omitted Penn State freshman Cas Loxsom from the All-Time U.S. Junior 800 list. Loxsom, who ran 1:46.74 last month, was eliminated in his semi-final race in Eugene.


1:44.3h'     Jim Ryun     Kansas     1966
1:45.34     Jose Parrilla     Tennessee     1991
1:45.54     Robby Andrews     Virginia     2010
1:46.42     Tony Tufariello     Villanova     1978
1:46.45     Michael Granville     Cal. H.S.     1996
1:46.5h     Mark Winzenreid     Wisconsin     1968
1:46.58     George Kersh     Miss. H.S.     1987
1:46.67     David Mack     Oregon     1980
1:46.74     Cas Loxsom     Penn State     2010
1:46.99     Gabe Jennings     Stanford     1998
1:47.0h'     Bob Smith     LSU     1972
1:47.0h     Jason Van Swol     Illinois     1999
1:47.1h#     Keith Colburn     Harvard     1967
1:47.1h     Mark Belger     Villanova     1975
1:47.14     John Marshall     Villanova     1982

h-hand time, '-880y-.6s, #-en route to 880y.

Thanks to John Blackburn for pointing out that I omitted Penn State freshman Cas Loxsom from the All-Time U.S. Junior 800 list. Loxsom was eliminated in his semi-final race in Eugene.

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