FAYETTEVILLE, Ark.- After waiting out a four-hour thunder and lightning delay on day one of competition at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, Duke senior Patricia Loughlin ran a personal-best time of 10:08.26 to take seventh in her heat and 12th overall, qualifying for the finals of the steeplechase.
Loughlin’s race was scheduled to go off at 7:50 p.m. central time, but did not begin until nearly midnight, in what amounted to a four-hour delay. Day one of competition went on until 1 a.m. central time after all events were completed.
The senior’s time improves upon her own No. 2 all-time performance in Blue Devil history and sends her through to the finals to be run Friday, June 12, at 7:20 p.m. EST along with 13 other runners.
Loughlin joined teammates Tyler Clarke and Jade Ellis with strong opening day performances, as Clarke currently sits in 15th place halfway through the decathlon, and Ellis posted his second-best all-time mark in the long jump semifinals earlier in the day on Wednesday with a leap of 25-3.5.
In today’s action, Clarke will complete the remaining five events of the decathlon with a shot at All-America and his lifetime best point total on the line. Action there kicks off at 3:30 p.m. EST, with the senior still to go in the 110m hurdles, discus, pole vault, javelin, and 1500m run.
Senior Molly Lehman will begin her NCAA Championships run today as she enters the semifinals of the women’s 1500m, stepping to the line at 8:55 p.m. EST.
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