JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —
Brandon Pounds of Indiana State missed the 2011 outdoor season with a hand injury but has made up for lost time, qualifying for the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake University with a fifth place finish in the men’s hammer throw at the NCAA East Preliminary Friday.
Pounds is the school record holder for the men’s hammer throw and posted the second best distance of his ISU career when he sent the hammer 213-feet (64.94 meters) on his fifth attempt.
Pounds is the third member of the throwing group at Indiana State that has advanced to compete in the NCAA Finals. Felisha Johnson and Mary Theisen both advanced in the women’s shot put as Johnson placed fifth (56-feet-2-inches) and Theisen ninth (52-feet-33⁄4-inches) in the competition Thursday.
Greggmar Swift advanced to the quarterfinals of the men’s 110 meter hurdles with a time of 13.75, the eighth fastest of the preliminary round. Sophomore Maurice Lyke was edged out of the quarterfinals by six hundredths of a second.
Stacia Weatherford came in third in the third heat of the women’s 400 meter hurdle quarterfinals to automatically qualify for the NCAA Finals with a time of 58.03. That was the eighth fastest of the 27 athletes in the quarterfinals.
Leeann Michl’s season came to a close in the quarterfinals of the women’s 800 meters as she ran 2:08.35 to finish 15th overall, 1.5 seconds away from a berth in the NCAA Finals despite being boxed in and unable to run her typical race.
Dustin Betz finished 30th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:08.29.
Johnson returns to compete in her third event of the NCAA prelims, the women’s hammer, at 2 p.m. today. Major Clay and Jonathon Christensen compete in the men’s high jump at 5 p.m.
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In other track and field:
• Sutton competes twice today — At Claremont, Calif., Rose-Hulman senior Sutton Coleman will compete in two event finals today at the NCAA Division III Championships.
Coleman won heat one of the 110-meter high hurdles on Friday in a school record time of 14.35 seconds to advance into today's national championship final with the fourth fastest overall time.
On Thursday, Coleman qualified in the fifth spot for the 400-meter intermediate hurdles national championship final. His time of 52.47 seconds marked the second fastest 400-meter hurdles time of Coleman's career.
The mechanical engineering major will compete in the 110-meter high hurdles final on today at 6:25 p.m. EDT. Coleman's 400-meter intermediate hurdles final race is scheduled for today at 7:55 p.m. EDT
Coleman has recorded five All-American honors in his Rose-Hulman track and field career entering the 2012 Outdoor Championships.
• Ace for Cook — At Rea Park, Jim Cook made a hole-in-hole on the No. 3 hole Friday. He used an 8-iron from 128 yards.
Witnesses were Jack Hale, Ken Pearson and Ken Chirhart.
• CofC outing — At Idle Creek, the following are results of the Chamber of Commerce outing Thursday:
56 — Mark Neaderhiser, Stacy Sagar, Chuck Adamson, Mark Bird.
58 — Don Ireland, Jason Ireland, Tristan Ireland, Jim Patterson.
58 — Dave Kennedy, Jason Doti, Jim Winning, Erin Mikolowski.
64 — Greg Smith, Bill Loffredo, Doug Schmidt, Bill Gardner.
64 — Lisa Gonzales, Tonya Natalie, Courtney Zellers, Robert Gonzales.
65 — Jeff Thornton, Ed Lindsey, Rufus Pace, Greg Chappell.
Closest to pin — Dave Helman (No. 3), Matt Tramel (No. 9), Mike Dalton (No. 12), Steve Danielson (No. 16).
Longest drive — Dan Gmelich (No. 15).
Longest putt — Rusty Gray (No. 18).