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#NCAATF: What To Watch Thursday

June 9, 2016

by Rob Moseley

What to watch at Thursday’s session of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field. In the second year of the meet’s new format, this second day of the championship includes women’s finals in the 10,000 meters and five field events, women’s preliminary rounds on the track and the conclusion of the decathlon.

Live stream: ESPN3, 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. PT

Broadcast window: ESPNU, 4:30-5 p.m. PT; ESPN, 5-7:30 p.m. PT

THE SCHEDULE (Oregon entrants)
10:30 a.m.: Decathlon, 110 hurdles (Mitch Modin, Joe Delgado)
11:20 a.m.: Decathlon, discus throw (Modin, Delgado)

12:30 p.m.: Decathlon, pole vault (Modin, Delgado)
2 p.m.: Hammer throw

3 p.m.: Decathlon, javelin (Modin, Delgado)

4:32 p.m.: 4×100 relay (Oregon)

4:46 p.m.: 1,500 meters (Lilli Burdon, Annie Leblanc)

5 p.m.: Pole vault

5:02 p.m.: 3,000 steeplechase

5:32 p.m.: 110 hurdles (Alaysha Johnson, Sasha Wallace)
5:45 p.m.: Javelin

5:46 p.m.: 100 meters (Hannah Cunliffe, Ariana Washington)
6 p.m.: Long jump
6 p.m.: 400 meters
6:14 p.m.: 800 meters (Brooke Feldmeier, Annie Leblanc, Raevyn Rogers)

6:30 p.m.: Shot put (Brittany Mann)

6:30 p.m.: 400 hurdles

6:44 p.m.: 200 meters (Deajah Stevens, Ariana Washington)

6:56 p.m.: Decathlon, 1,500 meters (Modin, Delgado)
7:08 p.m.: 10,000 meters, final

7:48 p.m.: 4×400 meters (Oregon)

Big Stories for the Ducks: Oregon’s first chance for points in the women’s race is in the shot put. Pac-12 champion and school record-holder Brittany Mann finished seventh at NCAA Outdoors in 2014 and fifth in 2015. Improving another place or two as a senior today would be a great first step by the UO women at this meet. The men also have a chance to score, as the decathlon competition wraps up. Mitch Modin comes into the day on the bubble to score after compiling 3,898 points on Wednesday; he tends to be a second-day performer, providing hope that the UO men can score on a day otherwise dominated by women’s events.

Not to be overlooked: If they’re to challenge for the team title Saturday, Oregon will need big points from its sprinters. Thus, the Ducks need to advance as many as possible in the preliminary rounds today. Ariana Washington will be joined by Hannah Cunliffe in the 100 meters and Deajah Stevens in the 200, and they all have the potential to provide big points Saturday — assuming they safely advance today. They’ll also be in the mix to help the 4×100 relay advance. Alaysha Johnson and Sasha Wallace both race for spots in the 100 hurdles final. Defending 800-meter champ Raevyn Rogers will run her signature event, and is also in the pool of runners who will try to get the UO 4×400 relay through. A potential form-chart buster for the Ducks is senior Annie LeBlanc. She just missed reaching the 800 final at last year’s NCAA Outdoors and again this year at NCAA Indoors, but she has the potential to provide points this week in both the 800 and 1,500.

What to watch elsewhere: Arkansas is the prohibitive favorite to win the team title, and the Razorbacks can make an emphatic statement toward the end today. Freshman Lexi Weeks leads the NCAA in the pole vault, and her teammates Ariel Voskamp and Victoria Weeks also should score. Later in the 10,000, Dominique Scott can provide another 10-point event victory. Georgia has two of the best long jumpers in the field, Keturah Orji and Chanice Porter, who can get the Bulldogs off to a nice double-digit point total coming out of the day. Ditto Texas A&M in the javelin, where Maggie Malone and Audrey Malone look to score for the Aggies

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