Harmon Highlights Second Day; Finishes 11th-Place in Decathlon
Berea, Ohio, May 28, 2010 – The Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams both had members in competition on the second day of the 2010 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships, held Friday, May 28, at the George Finnie Stadium in Berea, Ohio, but neither squad was able to climb up team standings.
After two full days of the three-day championship meet, the WUSTL men’s team sits in a tie for 35th-place overall with two points, while the women’s team is tied for 38th with one point.
The Washington University men’s team had four student-athletes in competition Friday. Junior Ben Harmon completed the second day of the decathlon, sophomores Dan Davis and Tyler Jackson competed in the 110-meter hurdle preliminaries, and senior Alden Black ran in the 3,000-meter steeplechase final.
On the women’s side, sophomore Erica Jackey ran in the 800-meter preliminaries.
After earning All-America honors in the decathlon as a freshman and sophomore, Harmon fell short of garnering his third-straight All-America finish in the grueling two-day event. He entered day two ranked 12th, but was not able to move any higher than 11th, where he finished with 6,638 points.
Harmon’s best event finish came in the pole vault, where he cleared 4.75 meters, better than all other decathlon competitors, and adding 834 points to his total. He also posted a time of 15.74 in the 110-meter hurdles and 4:48.60 in the 1,500-meter.
Davis and Jackson entered the NCAA Championships seeded 12th and 14th in the 110-hurdle field and neither was able to qualify for Saturday’s final. Jackson and Davis finished seventh and eighth respectively in the second 110-hurdle heat, with times of 14.61 and 14.75. Jackson’s preliminary mark represented a new personal record, but fell 0.14 seconds shy of the time necessary to qualify for the championship final.
Black ranked 10th in the field of 16 runners in the 3,000-steeplechase and that is where he finished on Friday. He posted a time of 9:22.06, falling 14.52 shy of eighth place and All-America honors. Black qualified for the NCAA meet with a Washington University school-record time of 9:08.32, set on May 14.
Jackey entered the 800-meter with the 12th fastest time in Division III and did not advance to the final after Friday afternoon’s preliminary races. She posted a mark of 2:14.55 in the first 800-meter heat, falling short of her season-best time of 2:12.20.
The Washington University men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams will conclude competition at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships on Saturday, May 29, beginning at 11:30 a.m. (ET).