June 12, 2010

By Doug Binder
Special to NCAA.com

EUGENE, Ore. - Hampton University's Francena McCorory, who set an American record to win the NCAA Division I Indoor title in the 400 in March, added the outdoor crown on Friday with a victory over a talented field.

McCorory ran a season's best time of 50.69 seconds to win her third NCAA title and her first outdoors. In order to do it, she beat Texas A&M star Jessica Beard, a member of the U.S. gold-medal winning 4x400 at the 2009 World Championships, and Auburn's Joanna Atkins, the 2009 NCAA champion.

"I am so happy right now because I got both the indoor and outdoor championships and I am a senior," McCorory said. "Now I am excited to work hard and see what happens next in my life."

Beard was second in 51.02 seconds, Atkins was next in 52.01.

Iowa State's Lisa Koll continued her distance dominance at the 2010 NCAA Division I Track and Field Championships, cruising to victory in the 5,000 meters in 15:23.80. Her victory, by 30 seconds, came two days after she produced a similarly lopsided result in the 10,000.

"I felt strong but it was windy on the backstretch," Koll said. "I was really pounding it out until that last lap. I'm really excited, really happy. It's such a great way to finish."

Koll said she intends to run the 10,000 meters at the U.S. Track and Field Championships later this month in Des Moines.

Koll was in an expectedly close race with Illinois' Angela Bizzarri, the defending champion, early on. But Bizzarri pulled off the track 11 minutes into the race.

After three days of competition, Iowa State (28 points) was two points behind Oregon in the team standings. Texas A&M, the defending champion, was in third place with 26 points.


West Virginia's Marie Louise Asselin ran mostly alone in second, and finished there in 15:53.92. Oregon's Alex Kosinski was third in 16:02.90.

In the 800, Tennessee senior Phoebe Wright, who began her college career as a walk-on, burned through a fast first lap of 59 seconds and pulled away late to win in 2:01.40.

"It's always weird when you cross the finish line because it takes you a while to realize where you are and where everyone is," Wright said. "But when I saw that I won, it's taken four long years to get that and I've messed up at a couple of nationals and I promised myself I wouldn't mess up this one."

Queen Harrison, a 2008 Olympian from Virginia Tech, overcame a challenge from Miami's Ti'erra Brown, moving past her with about 120 meters left in the 400 meter hurdles, and crossing the finish line in 54.55 seconds.

Brown was next in 55.22 and Miami teammate Tameka Jameson was third in 56.37.

"I didn't have the best start, but I kept going strong later," Harrison said. "The longer you run, the more you learn about yourself and about how to adjust your race. I am impressed with myself today."

In the pole vault, Indiana State's Kylie Hutson had an early miss at 13 feet, 5 ¼ inches, but rebounded and won the competition at 14-7 ¼.

That early miss put Hutson behind. But when Arkansas' Tina Sutej missed her only attempt at 14-7 ¼ and missed three tries at 14-9 ¼, Hutson had it won. Sutej was second and Tori Pena of UCLA was third.

Florida's Mariam Kevkhishvili had the five longest marks of the shot put competition, and her best, 59-5, came on her third attempt.