Day Two Concludes At USA Track
Redshirt frosh Mel Lawrence advanced to the final of the women's steeplechase this evening at the U.S. Track Championships, while 2007 grad Ryan Brown moved into the final in the men's 800-meters.
Brown was up first in the 800 semis at Oregon's Hayward Field. A nine-time All-American out of Renton, Wash., Brown placed second in the first section in a time of 1:47.81 which was the third-fastest overall. A two-time NCAA champ, Brown will now shoot for a top-three finish and a World Championships big on Sunday. The race, set for 1:53 p.m. will air live on NBC.
Lawrence ran in the second of two steeplechase prelims. The top four from each heat advanced to the final automatically, and Lawrence sat in fourth throughout most of the race and coasted to the finish in 9:56.42 to earn the auto bid. The Pac-10 record-holder in the event will be one of 14 remaining women vying for the national title on Sunday at 1:14.
Representing the Dawgs in the discus throw were head throws coach Reedus Thurmond and volunteer assistant Will Conwell. Conwell placed 14th while Thumond was 20th.
Tomorrow's action includes 2007 World Champion Brad Walker in the pole vault, competing in the same field as junior-to-be Scott Roth, who was runner-up at NCAA's two weeks ago. 2008 grad Norris Frederick will also battle in the long jump.
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