2013 NCAA Indoor, Day One:Brianna Rollins hurdles 7.82!, by James Dunaway, note by Larry Eder

We asked James Dunaway, the editor of American Track & Field, to give Runblogrun.com the benefit of his visits to the NCAA Indoor. This is his column for the first day of the 2013 NCAA Indoor! 

Dawn Harper, Brianna Rollins, 2012 Olympic Trials, 
photo by PhotoRun.net


Fayetteville, March 8 -  

Sprinters of both sexes dominated the first day of the NCAA's Division One Track and Field Championships.  

          Best of all was Brianna Rollins' meet record in the women's 60-meter hurdles. The Clemson junior broke Ginny Powell's old mark of 7.84 with a dazzling 7.82, winning by more than two meters - and that was only in the heats..

LSU senior Kimberlyn Duncan won her third straight women's 200-meter title  handily in 22.58 to Aurieyall Scott's 22.71.  But Scott, a Central Florida junior, led the qualifiers for tomorrow's 60-meter final with a swift 7.15, a few thousandths ahead of Oregon's English Gardner's 7.15 and a few inches faster than UCF teammate's Octavious Freeman's 7.17,  presaging a hot final.

The women's 400 heats were hot, too. Georgia freshman Shaunae Miller led the heats with a blazing 51.14, as Illinois sophomore Ashley Spencer (51.55) and Arkansas's favored Regina George (51.73) also bettered 52 seconds.

          The men's 200 was won by Texas A&M's Jameer Webb in 22.42 after a 20.37 qualifier. Mississippi State's D'Angelo Cherry led the 60 qualifiers with an impressive 6.53,  just 0.02 off the meet record. The 400 heats were led by Texas A&M's Deon Lendore in 45.36, with four others under 46 seconds. In the hurdles, Florida junior Eddie Lovett just missed the meet record in leading the heats with a 7.53 performance.

          There was plenty of quality in the field events. Florida sophomore Marquis Dendy won the men's long jump with a world-class 8.28m (27-2) and had another 27-footer (8.23) as well.  Arkansas soph Andrew Irvin beat a strong field in the pole vault with a clearance of 18-8 ¼ (5.70) as three others jumped 18-4 ½ (5.60). Arizona State senior Jordan Clarke won the shot put convincingly with a put of 20.50 (67-3 ¼ ).

          Felisha Johnson of Indiana State was just as convincing in winning the women's weight throw, winning by four feet with a throw of 23.52 (77-2).

          The best distance performance was Kennedy Kithuka's gun-to-tape victory in the men's 5,000. The Texas Tech senior's 13:25.38 just missed the meet record of 13:25.11.

Other winners included Brigetta Barrett, Arizona State's Olympic silver medalist, with a 1.95 (6-4) clearance in the high jump; a 6.55 (21-6) long jump by Andrea Geubelle of K-State, who needed a second-best jump of 6.53 to win from Christabel Nettey's 6.55; and a 15:28.11 5,000-meters by Dartmouth's Abbey D'Agostino, who kicked away from Betsy Saina over the final two laps to win by more thsan30 meters.

 Ten-eventer Kevin Lazas got Arkansas off to a good start by setting personal bests to win the 60-meter dash (6.90 seconds) and shot put (15.00/49-2 ½); he leads the heptathlon with  3449 points after the first day's four events.

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