Butler, Neeley Advance, Keller 6th on Day Two of USAs
June 20, 2013
DES MOINES, Iowa - Indiana track and field continued action open at the USA Jr. and Sr. Championships on Thursday, seeing IU alum Kind Butler advance to the 100m semifinals, IU signee Brittany Neeley advance to the finals of the junior 800 meters and IU freshman Stephen Keller take sixth in the decathlon. IU also had a pair of close calls on the day, as recent grads Andy Bayer and Lance Roller both missed out on advancing despite running times faster than multiple qualifiers from slower heats.
Butler clocked a time of 10.46 seconds in the 100m dash, taking last in his heat, but his heat was by far the fastest, as all seven runners advanced to the semifinals. Butler will run in the 100m semifinals at 7:45 p.m. ET on Friday.
Keller improved his career mark in the decathlon by 523 points, scoring 6823 for sixth place. His score ranks sixth all-time in the IU record books. He ran a PR of 15.91 seconds in the 110m hurdles to start the day and added big PRs in the discus and javelin throws to move his total to six PRs over the 10 events in the competition. Keller threw the discus 35.11m (115-2), increasing his PR by nearly 15 feet, and then added almost 10 feet to his PR in the javelin, launching the spear 42.32m (138-10).
Neeley won her heat of the 800m in 2:09.75, taking the lead at 400m and holding off the rest of the field to the finish. Neeley is fresh off winning the IHSAA state title in the 800m in a state record time, and she will enroll at IU in August. Neeley runs in the junior 800m final at 8:20 p.m. ET on Friday.
Bayer paced the first 800m of his heat, and took fourth, getting passed right at the line by Miles Batty to miss out on the top three and an automatic advancement. Bayer's time of 3:41.77 was just .07 out of the last of four qualifying spots on time. Bayer's time was faster than all finishers in the second heat, which advanced the top three finishers. The finish is a reversal of fortune for Bayer, who held off Batty at the line to win the 2012 NCAA 1,500m title by .001 seconds.
Roller clocked a time of 1:48.13, which was the 13th fastest overall but missed out on the 16 man final. Five advancers ran times slower than Roller in the prelims. Roller was fifth in his heat and had the second-fastest non-automatic time with only the final heat remaining. That final heat was fast, however, as all seven runners advanced with times faster than Roller's.
Freshman Zach Bray missed out on the finals in the 110m Hurdles, but clocked a career best time of 14.49 seconds for 14th.
Nakel McClinton threw 50.55m (165-10) for 12th in the junior hammer throw.
The Hoosiers continue action at the USA Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday. Hoosiers competing on Friday include alumni Butler, Andrew Poore, De'Sean Turner and Jeff Coover as well as signees Neeley and her sister Bethany Neeley. For complete coverage of all things IU track and field, stay tuned to IUHoosiers.com.
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