UTEP Freshman Richard Olsson qualified for the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship finals in the men’s javelin on Thursday night in day one of the NCAA Championships West Preliminary Round in Eugene, Ore.
The freshman posted his second-best mark of the season, 68.90m (226-00), in his third attempt of the day. The throw advanced him to the second round ranked seventh where only the top 16 of 48 competitors qualified. He finished the competition 11th of 12 that move on to compete in Drake, Iowa, in two weeks.
Two other Miners qualified for tomorrow’s quarterfinal rounds of their respective events. Senior Anderson Mutegi was an automatic qualifier out of the first round in the men’s 400-meter dash finishing second in his heat with a time of 46.96. Mutegi posted the 15th best time of 48 individuals.
Indoor All-American Endurance Abinuwa finished fourth in the third of six heats in the women’s 400-meter dash, but advanced to tomorrow’s quarterfinals with a time of 54.43 finishing 16th overall.
Abinuwa and Mutegi must now finish in the top three of their heat to automatically qualify for semifinals or post one of the next top-three times.
Seven Miners did not fare as well as the Olsson, Abinuwa and Mutegi.
Freshman Leon Dillihunt and junior Curtis Kock did not move forward in the men’s 400m, while fellow sprinter Anthony Wright failed to qualify out of the first round in the 100m. All three will suit up as part of the 4x100m and 4x400m relays scheduled to run on Saturday’s quarterfinal.
Distance runners Elkana Rotich, Justice Chirchir and Kathya Garcia concluded their outdoor season at Historic Hayward Field on Thursday. Rotich and Chirchir were making a bid in the men’s 1,500m race while Garcia attempted to qualify for Drake in the women’s 10,000m.
On the field, junior Laura Macauley posted her second-best throw this season in the women’s javelin with a distance of 46.14m (151-4). The mark, unfortunately, was not enough to advance her past the first round.
The Miners will open competition on the field again tomorrow morning when senior Terran Alexander competes in the women’s hammer throw at 11 a.m. (MT). Alexander will be followed by two-time All-American Dimitrios Fylladitakis in the men’s hammer at 4:30 p.m. (MT).
Abinuwa will take the track in the 200m for the first round with hopes of advancing to Saturday’s quarterfinal.