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Beth Maiman | | June 8, 2017

Results and highlights from Day 1 of 2017 NCAA outdoor championships

EUGENE, Ore. — Day 1 of the 2017 NCAA track and field championships has concluded at Hayward Field. Six individual athletes were crowned champions on Wednesday.

Here are some quick notes on the winners and Wednesday’s action. Make sure to follow along here for updates and highlights from Eugene. 

Hammer time

Cornell’s Rudy Winkler was the first title winner of Wednesday's 2017 NCAA championships when he threw 243 feet, 2 inches in his final attempt for the win. Behind Winkler was Alexander Young from Southeast Louisiana (241-8) and Cleb Dudarev from Kansas (240-11). 

Coleman doesn’t disappoint

Christian Coleman set the American collegiate record in 100-meter dash, finishing in 9.82 seconds. Ngonidzashe Makusha held the record prior, 9.89, when he raced in 2011 for Florida State.

Coleman said he thinks the sky is the limit for him in Friday's finals. He added that he is looking forward to racing against his fellow competitors in the finals.

Later in the day, Coleman qualified for the 200, with the third fastest score of the day in 20.21. 

10K notes

Tulsa’s Marc Scott took home the 10k title, finishing the race in 29:01.54. The win marked the first time since 2013 that someone not named Edward Cheserek took the top step of the podium. Cheserek, who didn’t compete in the NCAA regionals due to injury, had won the race the last three years in a row.

“It’s a shame for him to go out the way he did, but it opened the door for me so I can’t really complain,” Scott said. “The news (of Cheserek’s injury) was definitely surprising at the time.”

4X400 world leading record 

ICYMI, check out the video below.

Pole Vault

Matthew Ludwig of Akron won the pole vault title, with Shawn Barber from Akron winning the same title in 2015.

After the results, Ludwig said he’s seen tangible progress in the growth of Akron track and field at the NCAA championships. 

“Akron track is on the rise,” Ludwig said.  

Florida goes 1,2 in long jump 

KeAndre Bates won the long jump (8.05m (26-5)), and was followed by his teammate Grant Holloway (8.00m (26-3).

Bates spoke about how important it was for him to show up for the team and was happy he could come through.

Shot put back-to-back

UVA’s Filip Mihaljevic won the shot put title and talked about how it was he last throw of his career so he wanted to go out with a good throw. He talked about how he overcame his injury from January, so it was important for him to take the title today

Throwing 21.30m (69-10¾) he was his second straight title.

Who is leading after Day 1

After six events, Texas A&M is first with 21.5 points followed by Virginia (20), Florida (18) and Akron (15). Finals begin on Friday, June 9.


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