Houston, Moore & Mayhew Punch NCAA Tickets
May 23, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - Indiana track and field advanced three athletes to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., on day one at the East Preliminary Round. Taja Moore increased her career best significantly to punch her NCAA ticket in the discus, Scott Houston cleared the final three bars on the first attempt to clinch a spot in Eugene in the pole vault and Zach Mayhew kicked his way into the NCAA meet in the 10,000m in a slow race in a rainstorm. Indiana had 11 athletes compete on the day, with nine advancing.
Moore threw the discus 54.16m (177-8) for second place. She had a PR on her fourth throw, sending the disc 53.46m (175-5), and then bettered it with the 54.16m throw on her fifth throw. She ranks second in IU history, behind only IU Hall of Famer Katrin Koch. Moore added 4' 4" to her career best on the day.
Houston cleared 5.25m (17-2.75) to punch his ticket. He finished fifth after tiebreakers, but competition was halted when a top 12 was decided. Houston entered the meet with a season best of 5.06m (16-7.25) and was seeded 36th entering the meet. His mark ranks ninth in the illustrious history that is Indiana pole vaulting.
Mayhew kicked past five competitors in the final 800 meters, including three in the last 200 to take ninth place in 30:10.05. The race was contested in an absolute downpour, leading to a slow pace and a fast finish. Mayhew heads to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 10k for the second-straight year.
Kelsey Duerksen took fifth in her heat of the 1,500m, taking an automatic spot in the Saturday quarterfinals. She finished in 4:19.40, which is a season best and just .22 off her career best, which ranks fourth in IU lore. Duerksen's chance to punch her ticket to NCAAs comes in the quarterfinals at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.
In the men's 1,500m, Adam Behnke was fifth in his heat to automatically advance, while Andy Bayer took fourth in his eat to take an auto spot as well. Behnke finished in 3:50.38, and Bayer clocked a 3:43.47 in easily the fastest heat out of four. The two Hoosiers will run for a spot on the plane to Oregon at 6:45 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Freshman Cornelius Strickland ran 10.41 for fourth in his heat of the 100m dash. His time was good enough to advance to the quarterfinals, putting him one 6:45 p.m. ET quarterfinal on Friday away from a trip to NCAAs.
Chris Vaughn's 46.68 was good for fourth in his heat of the 400 meters and advanced to the quarterfinals on time. Vaughn's time is a season best. He will run in the quarterfinals at 6:15 p.m. on Friday with a trip to NCAAs on the line.
Jordan Gray ran 2:05.99 for fifth in the fastest heat of the 800m. She advanced on time and will run in the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. ET on Friday. Her time ranks fifth in school history.
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