Mideast Regional: Day One

May 27, 2005

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Mother Nature cut the opening day of the NCAA Mideast Track and Field Regional at the Robert C. Haugh Track and Field Complex. Rain and lightning halted action at around 8:30 with the completion of the mens 200-meter dash, mens and womens 5000-meters and long jumps still in doubt. Five champions were crowned on day one with Auburns Edis Elkasevic leading the way as he captured both the mens discuss and shot put titles.

After the first day of competition, Auburn leads the way on the mens side with 25 total points, while Wisconsin (15 points) and Kentucky (13.50) round out the top three. Ohio State and Arkansas lead the womens action with 14 points apiece. Miami (Ohio) and Alabama rounds out the top three with 10 points.

Steve Wolf of Central Michigan captured the high jump crown with a clearance of 2.22m (7-03.25). The senior bested the Mideast record of 2.16m set by Southern Mississippis Cedric Norman during the initial regional on May 30, 2003.

Edis Elkasevic of Auburn claimed the regional discus title with a toss of 57.43m (188-05.0). Indiana junior Ryan Ketchum finished 11th, just outside the final, with a heave of 52.09m (170-11.0).

The Tennessee womens 4x100m relay team posted the best preliminary mark of 44.20, while on the mens side LSU earned the top seed with a 39.26.

In the mens 1500m, IU junior Sean Jefferson qualified with the fastest time of 3:45.23. Juniors Eric Redman and John Jefferson missed the final with times of 3:58.17 and 3:59.58, respectively.

Arkansas senior Kasia Williams (13.49) finished just ahead of Hoosier sophomore Lorian Price (13.55) in the qualifying round of the 100m hurdles. Price also posted her fasted career time in the event. In the mens 110m hurdles, sophomore Aries Merritt of Tennessee qualified first with a 13.75.

In the womens hammer throw, junior Beth Mallory took the top honor with a chuck of 62.05m (203.07.0). Ohio State senior Shelaine Larson (61.02m/200-02.0) was second and junior Brandy Blackwood of Arkansas (58.75m/192-09.0) placed third.

Freshman LaTonya Loche notched the fastest time in the 400m dash with a 53.00, while IU sophomore Stacey Clausing qualified sixth with a 53.50. In the mens 400m, senior Terry Gatson of Arkansas ran the best preliminary time of 45.87. Cream and Crimson sophomore David Neville just missed out on the final with a time of 46.79.

In the womens pole vault, freshman Sarah Landau of Miami (Ohio) garnered the individual title with a Mideast Region record height 4.16m (13-07.75). She topped the mark of 4.12m (13-06.25) set by Missouris Jennifer Bennett and April Steiner of Arkansas in 2003.

Junior Eric Brown of Arkansas corralled the javelin title with a toss of 70.38m (230-11.0).

LSU freshman Kelly Baptiste ran the fastest time, 11.44, in qualifying for the 100m dash. Indiana junior Ara Towns posted an 11.78 in the trial, but failed to make the top-eight. Arkansas senior Tyson Gay recorded the best mark for the men, 10.34, to qualify first.

In the 800m, junior Mike Inge of Kent State (1:47.66) posted the best mens time, while Michigan sophomore Katie Erdman (2:05.27) topped the womens preliminary.

IU senior Rodney Hollis ran a 1:51.32 in the 800m trials.

Sophomore Camile Robinson of Illinois qualified first with a 57.71 in the 400m hurdles. On the mens side, junior Abe Jones of Illinois was the quickest at 50.11.

Elkasevic followed his victory in the discus by winning the shot put competition on his final throw. His throw of 20.41m (66-11.5) over took Kentuckys Jeff Chakouian. Chakouian finished second with a put of 19.81m (65-00.00). Indianas Ketchum finished 10th with a throw of 17.52m (57-05.75).

Baptiste and Tennessee freshman Cleo Tyson ran the fastest time in the prelims of the 200m dash. Each runner finished with a time of 23.25 with Tyson accomplishing the feat in the second heat and Baptiste following her in the third heat.

The second day of the NCAA Mideast Track Regional will continue on Saturday, May 28. The womens 5000m will begin day two of competition at 11 a.m. The mens 200m dash will be held as a timed final at 6:52 p.m. and the mens and womens long jump will begin at 12:10.

-- Courtesy Indiana