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Terry advances to 1,500m finals as weather delays NCAA meet

June 10, 2011

Arizona State University track and field student-athlete Darius Terry advanced to the final of the men’s 1,500m run and Samantha Henderson put herself in contention to score in the heptathlon as the second day of competition at the 2011 NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, came to a soggy end June 9, with a storm forcing an early end to the competition. One of the victims of the weather came in the women’s 4x400m relay as the Sun Devils were one of eight teams in the third heat of the semifinals and were in the blocks ready to run before lightning halted the race.

The day opened with heavy rains in the morning the delayed the start of the heptathlon by 75 minutes before the rain stopped and competition began. But, toward the end of the schedule, the latest storm that rolled through Des Moines started with a lightning strike within the allowable five-mile radius and was followed by thunder and torrential rain. After attempting to wait out the storm, another wave rolled through around 10:30pm CT which prompted the Championships to be suspended until June 10. The men’s long jump (four total attempts), the decathlon javelin and 1,500m run, the third heat of the women’s 4x400m relay, all three heats of the men’s 4x400m relay and the final of the men’s 10,000m run were unable to compete because of the storm. A decision from the NCAA will be sent out by 8 p.m., CT, June 10 regarding those events to be contested.

But, before the storms interfered, Terry put himself in position to become the school’s first All-American in the 1,500m run as he clocked a time of 3:44.46 in the semifinal round to earn one of two timed qualifying positions in the event while dodging a potential fall that could have kept him out of the running. With one lap to go, a group of three runners at the front of the race got tangled up and fell to the track, forcing many in the race to find a way around the pile to complete the race. Terry did so and ran the sixth-fastest time on the day to become one of the 14 finalists to Saturday. The race, which was to have 12 finalists, took two of the fallen runners after a protest was filed.

In the heptathlon, Henderson posted a score of 3,316 points through the first four of seven events and stands eighth overall with three events remaining while Keia Pinnick is currently in 20th place overall with 3,118 points. Henderson, who opened the day in a tie for 14th place with a time of 14.22 (947 points) in the 100m hurdles, used a clearance of 1.75m (5-08.75)(916 points) in the high jump to move all the way up to fourth at the time. Following her season-heptathlon and heptathlon personal-best clearance in the high jump, she scored 665 points in the shot put with a toss of 12.06m (39-07.00) before closing the day with 788 points in the 200m dash with a time of 26.10.

Pinnick opened the day with a time of 14.16 in the 100m hurdles to score 956 points and stand in 13th place before slipping to 22nd overall with a clearance of 1.57m (5-01.75) in the high jump to add 701 points. After a heptathlon personal-best toss of 10.11m (33-02.00) for 537 points in the shot put, she fan 24.60 in the 200m dash for 924 points to close out the day.

Jasmine Chaney also ran in the semifinal round of the 100m hurdles and turned in a time of 13.33 into a 1.2 meters-per-second head wind to finish 15th overall, which kept her out of the Top 8 spots to qualify to the finals. She, along with Pinnick, were to join teammates Alycia Herring and Kayla Sanchez in running the relay before the storm hit.

Friday’s schedule for the Sun Devils, along with the completion of Thursday’s events, will see both women finish up the final three events of the heptathlon (long jump, javelin, 800m) along with Chaney in the finals of the 400m hurdles, Cj Navarro in the women’s hammer throw and Jordan Clarke in the men’s shot put.

2011 NCAA Championship Finals (Des Moines, Iowa)
Day Two Results • Thursday, June 9
Women’s Heptathlon - Day One Totals
8. Samantha Henderson - 3,316 points
20. Keia Pinnick - 3,118 points

Heptathlon Event #1 - 100m Hurdles
13. Keia Pinnick - 14.16 (+2.1) - 956 points
15. Samantha Henderson - 14.22 (+1.4) - 947 points

Heptathlon Event #2 - High Jump
3. Samantha Henderson - 1.75m (5-08.75) - 916 points
22. Keia Pinnick - 1.57m (5-01.75) - 701 points

Heptathlon Event #3 - Shot Put
7. Samantha Henderson - 12.06m (39-07.00) - 665 points
20. Keia Pinnick - 10.11m (33-02.00) - 537 points

Heptathlon Event #4 - 200m Dash
5. Keia Pinnick - 24.60 (-0.1) - 924 points
19. Samantha Henderson - 26.10 (-1.7) - 788 points

Men’s 1,500m Run - Semifinal
6. Darius Terry - 3:44.46 - advances to final on June 11

Women’s 100m Hurdles - Semifinal
15. Jasmine Chaney - 13.33 (-1.2) - does not advance to final

Women’s 4x400m Relay - Semifinal
Arizona State (Herring, Pinnick, Sanchez, Chaney) - delayed until June 10