Tony Brown Advances to Final of 110-Meter Hurdles on First Day of NCAA Championships
Alabama’s Tony Brown qualified for Friday’s final in the men’s 110-meter hurdles and Crimson Tide hammer thrower Elias Hakansson finished 12th in the men’s hammer throw final during day one of the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., Wednesday.
Brown rolled to a time of 13.71, finishing third in his heat and earning the final qualifying spot for the Friday night’s final round in the 110-meter hurdles. It was the second-fastest time of Brown’s career, trailing the 13.52 he turned in the NCAA East Regional final in Jacksonville, Fla., on May 28.
Brown could join Ron Bramlett (2001, 2002) and Keith Talley (1986) as the only national champions in the event with a victory Friday night. In all, Tide 110-meter hurdlers have earned All-America honors five times in school history – Bramlett three times (2000-01-02) and Talley twice (1985-86).
Hakansson began the day for Alabama with a 220-2 (67.11m) effort in the hammer throw, good for 12th place in his third career appearance in the NCAA Championships. The junior from Halmstad, Sweden earned All-America honors as a freshman at the 2013 championships.
Competing in Alabama’s last final of the day, Anitbahs Kosgei turned in his second-fastest time of the season in the 10,000 meters (29:42.89) to finish 18th in the event.
Senior Ahmed Ali finished 15th in the semifinals of the men’s 200 meters with a time of 20.84, while fellow senior Tadashi Pinder finished 19th in the 100 meters with a 10.42. In the men’s shot put final, junior Kyle Felpel (60-8.75) and freshman Kord Ferguson (59-6.25) finished 21st and 24th.
The Alabama women will be on the track on Thursday with junior Quanesha Burks looking to defend her NCAA title in the long jump. Also in action will be Alex Gholston in the 400 meters, Haley Teel in the shot put, Vanessa Clerveaux in the 100-meter hurdles and the Tide 4x400 meter relay team.
Below is an in-depth look at Alabama’s Wednesday performances.
Wednesday Men’s Event Summaries – NCAA Championships
Hammer Final – Making his third appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, junior Elias Hakansson finished 12th with a throw of 220-2 (67.11m) and did not advance to the final round. The mark is his 10th best throw of the season.
Hakansson – Foul; 67.11m; Foul
Shot Put Final – Junior Kyle Felpel (60-8 ¾: 18.51m) and freshman Kord Ferguson (59-6 ¼: 18.14m) finished 21st and 24th, respectively, in the men’s shot put final. Felpel’s throw is his sixth-best of the season.
Felpel – 17.84m; Foul; 18.51m
Ferguson – 17.84m; Foul; 18.14m
10,000 Meters Final – Junior Antibahs Kosgei finished 18th in 29:42.89, his second-fastest time of the season.
110 Meter Hurdles Semifinals – Junior Tony Brown finished eighth in the semifinals in a time of 13.71 to qualify for Friday’s final. The time is his second-fastest this season.
100 Meters Semifinals – Senior Tadashi Pinder finished 19th in a time of 10.42 and did not advance to Friday’s final. The time is Pinder’s fifth-fastest this season.
200 Meters Semifinals – Senior Ahmed Ali finished 15th in a time of 20.84 and did not advance to Friday’s final.
Wednesday June 8, 2016
110-meter Hurdles: Tony Brown
Hammer – 12. Elias Hakansson, 220-2 (67.11m)
Shot Put – 21. Kyle Felpel, 60-8 ¾ (18.51m); 24. Kord Ferguson, 59-6 ¼ (18.14m)
10,000 Meters – 18. Antibahs Kosgei, 29:42.89
110 Meter Hurdles – 8. Tony Brown, 13.71 (q)
100 Meters – 19. Tadashi Pinder, 10.42
200 Meters – 15. Ahmed Ali, 20.84
(w)- wind; (Q)- qualified for event final by place; (q) qualified for event final on time; (PR)- personal record; (SB)- season best