June 8, 2010
Members of the Bruin track and field teams are in Tracktown USA, aka Eugene, OR, and are ready to begin competition at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The men are represented by three individuals and the 4x100m relay, while the women have four individuals and the 4x400m relay.
Athletes advanced to NCAAs with a top 12 fi nish at the Preliminary Round, held May 27-29 in Austin, TX.
Last season, the women tied for 35th and the men did not score. The Bruins will be looking to improve upon both of last season's team fi nishes in Oregon.
TV Coverage: CBS College will air the championship live on Friday from 8-10 p.m. (EASTERN) and CBS will air it live on Saturday from 1-3 p.m. (EASTERN). NCAA.com will stream the rest of the championship online. Live stats are also available via the NCAA or Oregon website.
Katy Viuf (PV), Lindsay Rowe (100H) and Cory Primm (800m) are making their third appearance at the NCAA Outdoor meet. Tori Pena (PV) and Ryann Krais (heptathlon) are making their second apparances. Dylan Knight (steeple) and Scott Crawford (800m) are making their outdoor national debut. Both the men's 4x100 and women's 4x400 competed at last year's NCAA meet.
Athlete Seeds Heading Into NCAAs
(based off of NCAA Preliminary results)
Pena cleared 14-3.25 in the pole vault on Sunday, June 6 at the Jim Bush Memorial Classic, upping her previous lifetime-best by two inches (14-1.25). She moves to No. 3 all-time at UCLA (behind only Chelsea Johnson and Tracy O'Hara), No. 3 in the NCAA and No. 11 in the USATF outdoor list.
Primm is one of the top 800m runners in the country and will be gunning for a spot in the 800m final after advancing to the semis last season.
Krais was an all-american in the heptathlon last season and will again look to pick up honors.
Rowe has had quite a season, dropping her lifetime-best to 13.24 from 13.46 and will look to continue to drop her times.
Viuf and Pena will be competing in their final NCAA Championships as Bruins and both will vie for the NCAA crown in the vault.
Competition Schedule For The Bruins
Wednesday - Krais in the heptathlon (100H/HJ/SP/200); Men's 4x100m relay semifinals; 800m semifinal (Primm/Crawford); steeplechase semifinal (Knight)
Thursday - Krais in the heptathlon (LJ/JT/800); 100m Hurdles semifinal (Rowe); Women's 4x400m relay semifinals
Friday - Pole Vault Final (Viuf/Pena); 800m final (Primm/Crawford); Steeple final (Knight)
Saturday - Men's 4x100m final; 100m Hurdles final (Rowe); Women's 4x400m relay final