MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia senior Chelsea Carrier-Eades
shattered her personal and school 100-meter hurdles record and stands in fourth place in the heptathlon after Thursday’s events at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
The Buckhannon, W.Va., native came in third place with a 12.78 in the 100-meter hurdles semifinals, breaking her 12.93 career best, to qualify for Saturday’s finals and securing first team All-America honors. After four events in the heptathlon, she earned 3,576 points between the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200-meter dash for her current fourth-place standing.
“Chelsea just finished off a tremendous day,” says WVU coach Sean Cleary. “The hurdles race she ran after a full day’s competition in the heptathlon was the talk of the meet. A 12.78 is out of this world. A wind-aided 12.93 at BIG EAST as a lifetime-best to a 12.78 is phenomenal.”
Clemson’s Bridgette Owens and Brianna Rollins claimed the top spots in the hurdles with respective finishes of 12.71 and 12.73.
Oregon’s Brianne Theisen holds the top spot in the heptathlon with 3,803 points, followed by UC Santa Barbara’s Barbara Nwaba (3,596) and Wisconsin’s Dorcas Akinniyi (3,590). Trailing Carrier-Eades is Texas Tech’s Precious Nwokey (3,548), Wisconsin’s Jessica Flax (3,473) and 18 other athletes.
Carrier-Eades placed first in the 100-meter hurdles for 1,102 points to start the day with a time of 13.15 seconds. Theisen came in second in 13.30, followed by Arizona State’s Keia Pinnick in 13.48.
She then tied for sixth (eighth overall) in the high jump with a height of 1.69 meters for 842 points. Theisen and Nwaba tied for first at 1.84 meters for 1,029 points apiece.
In the shot put, Carrier-Eades finished in 13th place with a distance of 11.46 meters to earn 625 points. Akinniyi placed first at 13.82 meters for 782 points, while Flax came in second at 13.10 meters for 734 points.
She also placed first in the 200-meter dash with a career-best 23.73 for 1,007 points. Texas Tech’s Nwokey finished second in 23.96 for 985 points, while Pinnick came in third in 24 seconds for 981 points.
“Sitting fourth in the heptathlon but within striking distance of second is now the goal,” Cleary says. “Should she come out with a vengeance tomorrow, she certainly has it within her grasp.”
Action continues Friday for Carrier-Eades as she will finish the final three events of the heptathlon with the long jump at 4 p.m., the javelin throw at 5:15 p.m. and the 800-meter run at 7:45 p.m.
She will compete in the 100-meter hurdles finals Saturday at 1:14 p.m., while senior Jessica O’Connell will compete in the 5,000-meter run finals Saturday at 1:19 p.m.
A full schedule of events for the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships can be found at ncaa.com.
Live streaming of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships can be seen online at espn3.com or TV on ESPNU.
Live results are provided by flashresults.com. Further information can be found on the Drake University athletics website, godrakebulldogs.com.Thursday - Carrier-Eades
(Hept) 1st … 100m hurdles … 13.15 … 1102 points
(Hept) T6th … High jump … 1.69m … 842 points
(Hept) 13th … Shot put … 11.46m … 625 points
(Hept) 1st … 200m dash … 23.73 … 1007 points
3rd ... 100m hurdles ... 12.78Friday – Carrier-Eades
(Hept) Long jump … 4 p.m.
(Hept) Javelin throw … 5:15 p.m.
(Hept) 800-meter run … 7:45 p.m.Saturday – Carrier-Eades and Jessica O’Connell
Carrier-Eades ... 100m hurdles … 1:14 p.m.
Jessica O’Connell ... 5,000m run ... 1:19 p.m.