Mickow Qualifies for NCAA Championships
May 24, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas -- Senior Hunter Mickowhighlighted day one of the 2013 NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championships as he qualified for the NCAA Championships in the 10,000m. Mickow is the first Illini to compete in the 10K since Trent Hoer qualified in 2007. Also, three other Illini advanced to the quarterfinals in their respective events on Thursday evening.
"Our road to nationals has been filled with adversity and distraction, through no one's fault and I am really proud of our team for remaining focused on the task at hand," head coach Mike Turksaid. "All in all we had a really good opening day."
Mickow continued his success from the Big Ten Championships a few weeks back as he finished seventh overall in the 10,000m to qualify for the NCAA Championships in Eugene. The senior crossed the finish line with a time of 30:10.93. Mickow will be the first Orange and Blue distance runner to compete in the national meet in six years.
"Hunter made it look easy," Turk said. "It's tough to run that race in this heat especially after the 10K in conference too. What a smart, gutsy race by Hunter to qualify. He stayed in contact the whole race, saving some energy until the time to move was just right with just over two miles to go. From that point, he just kept moving up and had a really strong finish. Jim and Jordan put forth a good effort but came up a bit short. Hunter will represent our distance crew well and the NCAA finals in Eugene."
Pamilton and Green advanced to the quarterfinals of the 400m this evening and will try to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the event tomorrow at 6:15 p.m. Pamilton recorded the quickest time for the Illini, placing runner-up in his heat and seventh overall with a time of 46.29. Green finished closely behind with an automatic qualifying time of 46.34 as he also crossed the line second.
"Our 400m guys ran very strong," Turk said. "Stephon was in control of his race the whole way and easily qualified for the next round. Juan also came back from a disappointing conference meet and ran a very disciplined race to qualify for the next round with a new personal best."
Viney will look to qualify for the NCAA Championships in the 400m hurdles tomorrow at 7:45 p.m. after he advanced with a time of 51.87. Viney was one-hundredth of a second off his lifetime best in the event, placing fourth in his heat and 20th overall.
"Cam ran really well to advance to the next round tomorrow," Turk said. "It was great to see him bounce back strong after a disappointing conference meet."
The top three finishers in each quarterfinal heat of the 400m and 400m hurdles along with the next three best times will advance to the national meet in Eugene.
DJ Zahn was one spot away from qualifying in the 400m quarterfinals as the sophomore finished 25th overall with a time of 47.11. Freshman Luke Carroll closed out his season in the 1,500m as he finished with a time of 3:59.97 while senior Ryan Lynnconcluded his last race at Illinois in the 800m. Lynn placed 29th overall with a time of 1:50.59.
"I feel bad for DJ," Turk said. "He ran well and missed qualifying for the next round by just one spot. It was a tough draw for him to get lane one but that's the way it goes. Luke just didn't have it today. He's just a freshman and it's been a long year for him. Still a great tribute to him for making it this far. Sad to see Ryan come up short on his bid to advance. I think he went out a little too slow the first 400m and just couldn't recover."
Sophomore Brandon Noecompeted in the discus earlier this afternoon and finished with a mark of 163-03 (49.76m).
"I feel bad for Brandon," Turk said. "There was some miscommunication given to him by one of the clerks. As a result, he was marshaled out to the event a little late for his flight and probably didn't get warmed up properly. As a result, his timing was just a little off. Brandon has had a terrific breakthrough season and I know he will grow and learn from this experience."
A full list of Illinois results along with the remaining schedule of Orange and Blue competition can can be found below. Illinois will resume action at the NCAA West Preliminary Round on Friday, beginning with the hammer throw competition. Live results along with a full recap can be found on fightingillini.com.
Illinois Thursday Results at NCAA West Preliminary Round
Illinois Remaining Schedule at the NCAA West Preliminary Round
Friday, May 24
Saturday, May 25