Not exactly happy with ESPN’s coverage of PSU at the NCAA championships.
On two different occasions, they identified Penn State runners as being from Prairie View when the athletes took to the track. Fortunately, I recognized them and was able to watch them anyway, but that’s pretty poor reporting. To their credit, they did get Penn State right when they posted the results, but if you were tuned in to watch the Penn Staters run, you would have missed them (neither of them qualified).
Wednesday was the men’s semifinals. Thursday will be the women’s.
On the track:
SO Isaiah Harris finished second in his heat (and second overall) to advance to the finals in the 800
The men’s 4x100 finished 5th in their semifinal heat (13th overall) and failed to qualify for the finals.
FR Domenic Perrera finshed 8th in his heat (21st overall) in the 800 and failed to advance to the finals.
JR Malik Moffat finished 8th in his heat (22nd overall) in the 200 and failed to advanced to the finals.
Four Big Ten squads (Iowa, Ohio State, Penn State, and Nebraska) were all in the same heat of the 4x400 relay. Only the top two finishers in each heat (plus the two fastest non-automatic qualifiers) advance to the finals. Florida won the heat with the four B10 teams fighting for the second automatic qualifier. Ohio State finished 2nd, Iowa 3rd, PSU 4th, and Nebraska 5th with just 0.6 seconds separating 2 thru 4. Iowa’s time was good enough to advance but Penn State’s wasn’t. They claimed the dreaded ninth spot, just outside of the eight to advance to the finals.
In the field events (all finals):
In the javelin finals, SR Michael Shuey finished third. SR Ryan Kerr took ninth (only the top eight score points) and FR Michael Biddle finished 18th.
In the long jump finals, B10 champ JR Malik Moffet finished 18th, completing a tough day for him where he failed to score or advance in all three of his events.
In the shot put, Jon Yohman finished 11th.
After day one, the men sit in 14th place.
Women’s competition starts today.