2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships Preview
NEW YORK – From Wednesday, June 11 – Saturday, June 14, Columbia track and field’s John Gregorek, Harrison McFann and Waverly Neer will culminate a sensational season on the national stage at the 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
The national championships will be streamed live from the University of Oregon. ESPN3/ESPNU will broadcast the majority of the meet along with webcasting on the Pac-12 Live Stream.
Times listed are Pacific Zone Time.
Wednesday, June 11 – (Men’s 800m Semifinal – 4:30p.m. PT)
For the third straight season, McFann has punched his ticket to the NCAA Championships following a qualifying finish in the men’s 800m at the East Regional Preliminary Rounds. McFann began advancing to the quarterfinals with a time of 1:48.59 in a runner-up finish in the second heat. He returned to clock in with a qualifying time of 1:48.15, which held as one of the three best times after the top-three finishers in all heats.
At 1:48.15, he will enter Wednesday’s semifinal race with the 13th best seed-time. The senior’s fastest race this season came at the George Mason Spring Invitational as he crossed the finish line in 1:47.91.
McFann will look to better last year’s solid performance as he finished sixth in the semifinal heat with a time 1:48.752. The Ohio native’s time stood ninth overall to earn second team All-America honors and just missed the eighth place finals qualifying bid by 0.02 seconds. To advance to the 800m championship finals on Friday, he must be one of the top two runners of the opening three heats or have the next two best times.
Thursday, June 12 – (Men’s 1,500m Final – 4:30p.m. PT)
To cap a versatile stellar senior campaign, Gregorek will compete in his first outdoor NCAA Championships in the men’s 1,500m run. Gregorek put together an outstanding quarterfinals performance taking a first-place in the opening heat to punch his ticket. His time of 3:45.27 led all runners in the east regional and stands 10th best overall entering Thursday’s semifinal race.
In May, Gregorek posted a runner-up 1,500m Heps performance for second team All-Ivy League honors. His fastest time in this season was a runner-up finish at the George Mason Spring Invitational at 3:43.0.
Saturday, June 14 – (Women’s 5,000m Final – 3:24 p.m. PT)
In the East Preliminary Rounds, Neer competed in the women’s 5,000m run ans will return to NCAA Championships for the second consecutive season. Neer finished with an overall fourth-place time of 15:58.91 to advance to finals, which earned a runner-up finish in her heat. Her time stands sixth best overall heading into Saturday’s final.
Neer set a new Columbia record in the 5,000m earlier this season with a time 15:37.85 at the Stanford Invitational. The junior earned second team All-Ivy League honors in the event in May and will look to better her 16th overall finals finish in 2013 that earned second team All-America honors.