Johnson and Williams Advance on day 2 of NCAA Championships
June 9, 2005
Sacramento, CA - On day two of the NCAA Outdoor Championships, sophomore Brandon Johnson and senior Jonathan Williams advanced in the 400m hurdles, while senior Jon Rankin failed to advance in the 1500m.
Rankin, the 2005 West Region and Pac-10 1500m champion and favorite for the 1500m national title, did not advance to the NCAA final after a disappointing preliminary run. In the first heat of two, Rankin finished seventh in a time of 3:48.51 (17th overall), failing to move onto the final.
"This is the first time all year that it wasn't there," said Rankin. "I'm confused and shocked because when it was time to call on my reserves and kick, I just couldn't. I'm shocked and disappointed. There just wasn't anything left in the tank."
"I have never felt more prepared for a race in my whole career at UCLA, and I felt physically and mentally ready. Regardless of this race, I still had an incredible senior year and I can't be upset with that."
Rankin ends his career as a Bruin with the school record in the 1500m (3:40.39), ranked fourth all-time in the 800m (1:47.11), and became the third Bruin all-time to break the four-minute mile barrier (3:57.89, 268th American to run sub-4:00). In the fall of 2004 at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, Rankin earned his first All-American honors as a Bruin with his 31st place finish (31:49.8).
Rankin will now turn his focus to the USATF Senior National Championships June 23-26 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, CA.
Johnson, the 2005 West Region and Pac-10 champion, and Williams finished 1-2 in the first heat of the 400m hurdles (2nd and 7th overall), automatically qualifying both to tomorrow's semifinal heats, as Johnson ran 50.15 and Williams ran 50.32.
In the semifinals of the 800m, junior Martell Munguia finished seventh in his heat (13th overall, 1:49:45) and will not move on to Friday's final.
Freshman Greg Garza placed 23rd overall in the discus (7th in his heat, 171-11) and will not advance to the finals in that event.
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