June 12, 2008
Senior John Caulfield used some dramatics to qualify for the final of the shot put at the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, IA as the All-American used his last throw of the competition to qualify for finals. His throw of 60-5.25 was the seventh-best mark of the day as he was the sole Bruin to advance out of Thursday's competitors. Caulfield will throw for the final All-American honor of his career on Saturday.
Also in the shot put, sophomore Darius Savage finished in a tie for 14th (58-9.25) as he was just six centimeters shy of the No. 12 qualifying spot.
The Bruins took a big hit in the men's team competition as junior Kevin Craddock failed to advance to the semifinal round of the 110m hurdles. Craddock came into the meet with the No. 4 mark in the nation (13.46), but injured his groin last week during practice, and was also diagnosed with strep throat earlier in the week. Craddock looked good in the beginning of the race, but started having issues with his groin midway through the race and eased up across the finish line, finishing 24th overall in a time of 14.31.
"Heading into the race I wasn't too sure about my groin, but I got a great start and midway through the race saw that I was with everyone else and decided to try to push ahead," said Craddock. "Once I tried to pull ahead, I felt some pain in my groin and was basically dragging the leg. I knew my race was over so I eased up through the finish line."
In the semifinal round of the 1500m, junior Laef Barnes finished 20th overall (3:48.58) and does not advance to Saturday's final. Barnes led for the first three laps of the race, but fell back over the last 300m.
Despite the loss of Craddock in the hurdles, the Bruins have six men competing in event finals on Friday, which bodes well for the team competition. All six men are capable of scoring in their respective events, while some will challenge for NCAA individual crowns. Greg Garza and Darius Savage will compete in the finals of the discus, while Boldizsar Kocsor will throw in the hammer final. Dustin DeLeo and Johnny Quinn will compete in the pole vault final. On the track, Henry Hagenbuch will run in the steeplechase final. Also on Friday, Jonathan Clark will compete in the prelims of the triple jump.
1500m - 20. Laef Barnes, 3:48.58
110m Hurdles - 24. Kevin Craddock, 14.31