Published: Sun, June 11, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Justyn Knight's bid for NCAA 5K gold comes down to a kick

Justyn Knight's bid for NCAA 5K gold comes down to a kick

The Auburn women will wrap up the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships tomorrow as Marshay Ryan looks to cap off her Auburn career with a strong finish and the triple jump and Veronica Eder competes in the 5,000m.

In the only men's event Thursday, Texas A&M's Lindon Victor repeated as the decathlon champion with 8,390 points.

Futch got a narrow victory in the 400 hurdles with a comeback down the homestretch. Holloway received the baton with the Gators in fifth place and delivered a gutsy kick to move up one spot, giving Florida a fourth-place finish in the race and 61.5 points overall, two better than Texas A&M.

It's never easy to win a national title, but for Florida Gators men's track and field, let's just say it's becoming second nature. (The sophomore had injured her hamstring at the Big Ten championships.) Holmberg came into the NCAA meet with the 17th-highest score of 5,636 points. "I'm really thankful for all the opportunities that the university offered me and I'm blessed to have been surrounded by awesome coaches and teammates".

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New Mexico's Josh Kerr came in as the 1,500 favorite with the season's best time and left with a win in 3:43.03. Saruni got back to his feet but finished last in the field and out of contention in eighth.

Timlin was in 11th at the 300-meter mark, but that's not unusual given his penchant for late kicks. Fisher prevailed in 14:35.60 with Bruce right behind in 14:35.88.

Running in the 800m final were both freshman Michael Saruni and Korir, who were favored to finish the event No. 1 and No. 2.

That left just the 1,600 relay, and Arkansas pushed through again with sophomore Rhayko Schwartz, senior Eric Janise, sophomore Roy Ejiakuekwu and Igbokwe coming home in 3:01.84 to break a 17-year-old school record and finish second. "I'm still proud of the way he went for it". Her 15th place finish means she receives 2nd-Team All-American honors in her first outdoor season for the Orange.

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"I kind of took myself out of it mentally-wise", he said.

Coleman completed the sprint sweep while edging Mitchell-Blake at the finish line with a time of 20.25, while Richards was well off the pace in third place with a time of 20.55 for the outdoor bronze medal. "I didn't know if my leg was ready for it".

"I saw him run his heart out, so I just had to do it for my team", Igbokwe said.

Coleman blew past his competition in the 100-meter final with a time of 10.04 (into a headwind).

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In the women's heptathlon, Madeline Holmberg was unable to finish the competition due to injury.

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