June 9, 2010
Both Okagbare and Wessman advance past the qualifying round of their respective finals. Wessman is third after three attempts, Okagbare leads the field with a mark of 6.79m (22-03.50).
We're getting ready to get started on the final day of the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Blessing Okagbare will jump second in the first of two flights in the women's long jump.
Anna Wessman is in the second flight of the women's javelin and will take the field in about an hour from now.
Risper Kimaiyo concludes a successful day for the Miners finishing fourth in the women's 5,000m with a time of 16:06.26.
Dimitrios Fylladitakis earns his second consecutive top-eight finish at an outdoor national meet finishing sixth with a mark of 66.77m (219-01) in the men's hammer throw.
UTEP’s Blessing Okagbare added another chapter to her storied career by toppling the field in the final of the 100-meter dash at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Friday evening.
She left the opposition in her dust with a personal-best readout of 10.98 to claim the crown in dominant fahsion. Texas A&M's Porscha Lucas finished a distant second with a clocking of 11.12.
Okagbare becomes the first Miner female 2000 and just the sixth overall in program history to secure a national title at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Overall she now boasts three NCAA crowns (two indoor/one outdoor), which are the most by a UTEP women in school annals.
The first flight of the men's hammer throw is beginning warm-ups on the hammer ring. All-American Dimitrios Fylladitakis and senior Hans Eriksson are scheduled for the second of two flights throwing seventh and 10th, respectively.
Terran Alexander fouls in her first two attempts, throws for a mark of 53.96m (177-00) in her final attempt of the semifinals in the women's hammer throw. Does not advance to the final.
Blessing Okagbare is the first Miner to advance to a final following a first-place finish in the second of three heats with a time of 11.21 to automatically qualify to Friday's final.
Next up is Nicodemus Ng'etich in the men's 3,000m steeplechase.
Ronalds Arajs finishes fifth in his heat clocking in at 10.45. Does not advance to the finals.
After leading through most of the race in the second heat of the men's 400 meters, Mutegi finishes fourth with a time of 46.01 and will most likely not move forward to Friday's final.
The UTEP women don't fare any better in the women's 4x100m. The Miners finish fourth in their heat with a time of 44.72 that puts them in 12th-place overall. Conference USA will be represented in the finals after Houston's quartet posts the second best time of the day at 43.68.
Mutegi will be next on the track in the men's 400 meters scheduled to begin at 5 p.m.
Up next is the women's 4x100m relay.
The UTEP men's 4x100m relay is the first team out of the finals after UCLA edges the Miners by .04 seconds in the third heat. Adeniyan, Mutegi, Kock and Arajs recorded a time of 39.79 for third in the second heat and had to wait for the final heat to see whether or not they advanced to the final. UCLA, however, had other plans in mind when it rushed to the finish line at 39.75 to take the final spot and move on the Saturday's final.
3:55 p.m. (PT)
The men's 4x100m relay teams are being announced as the Miners get ready to open up competition at the Historic Hayward Field. Suji Adeniyan, Anderson Mutegi, Curtis Kock and Ronalds Arajs will run in the second of three heats looking to advance to Saturday's final.