May 27, 2011
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EUGENE, Ore. – All-Americans Dimitrios Fylladitakis and Endurance Abinuwa were the only two Miners to overcome the cold and rainy conditions in the second day of action of the 2011 NCAA Championships West Preliminary in Eugene, Ore., on Friday.
“It has been a rough meet so far,” head coach Mika Laaksonen said. “We thought that by now we would have two or three more qualifiers for finals. This meet is as much about mental toughness as it is ability. We need to have a great day tomorrow to make this a halfway decent meet for us. ‘Safe’ doesn’t get it done at this level and we’re going to need to step it up tomorrow.”
Abinuwa bounced back after falling short of a bid out of the quarterfinal round in the women’s 400m dash to automatically qualify for the second round of the 200 meters. The junior clocked in a time of 23.85 to finish second in her heat and ensured a spot in tomorrow’s quarterfinal. Earlier in the day, the All-American posted a time of 54.56 in the 400m to finish fourth in her heat and miss a qualifying time into the semifinals.
Fylladitakis needed just two throws to advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa. The two-time All-American posted a mark of 62.24 in his first toss of the day before recording his third-best throw this season of 66.50m (218-02). The mark was enough to get him past the first round and into the final round of the preliminaries where he passed on his next three attempts finishing third in the region.
Two Miners concluded their individual collegiate careers on Friday night. Senior Terran Alexander made it out of the women’s hammer throw first round with a mark of 57.26m (187-10) into the finals. Alexander improved on her final throw with a mark of 57.82m (189-8) but it wasn’t enough to place her in the top 12 that move on to Des Moines.
Sprinter Anderson Mutegi clocked in at 47.42 in the second round of the men’s 400-meter dash. The time was not fast enough to qualify him for the finals. The senior, however, will compete as part of the 4x100m and 4x400m relays tomorrow afternoon.
Also competing tomorrow is four-time All-American Risper Kimaiyo who will take the track in the women’s 5,000m race. Kimaiyo advanced out of the West Regional last year with a time of 16:37.46 to finish fourth at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships with a time of 16:06.26. She heads into this year’s competition with a personal best and school record of 15:48.14 ranked fourth in the national descending order list. The junior finished seventh at this year’s indoor national meet.