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Hoskins Fifth After Opening Day of Decathlon at NCAA Championships; Henderson and McDougal Advance to Finals
Liberty junior Brandon Hoskins, competing in the decathlon, Wednesday's opening event of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif., stands in fifth place at the conclusion of day one's action. Meanwhile, junior Clendon Henderson, who shattered his own Liberty and Big South men's discus record, qualified for Friday's event final, as did classmate Josh McDougal in the men's 5,000 meters.
Hoskins (Garden City, Texas) totaled 3,883 points through the first five events of the decathlon. He got off to a fast start in the 100-meter dash, clocking a season-best 11.05, which was the fourth-fastest time of the 26 entrants. Hoskins also performed well in the shot put, ranking fifth among the decathletes, with a heave of 45-4.25, and ran the sixth-best 400-meter dash, 49.44, to wrap up Wednesday's competition. The junior is at the outdoor national championships for the third time and is seeking his first All-America notation in the decathlon. Hoskins was a 2005 All-American in the heptathlon at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Tennessee junior Jangy Addy holds a 141-point advantage halfway through the decathlon, after racking up 4,211 points. The defending national champion, Arizona senior Jake Arnold, is Addy's nearest competitor, with a score of 4,070. The final five events will be contested Thursday, beginning with the 110-meter hurdles at 1 p.m. Eastern.
Henderson (Meadow, Texas) unleashed a throw of 198-2 on his first of three attempts during the men's discus qualifying round. He improved upon his previous record of 190-8 and placed third out of the 26 entrants to earn a spot in Friday's final at 8:15 p.m. Eastern. Henderson had ranked No. 17 of 26 entering the competition. Florida junior Wes Stockbarger stretched the tape out to 201-5 to pace the 12 qualifiers, Wednesday evening.
McDougal (Peru, N.Y.) cruised to a time of 14:31.00 in the first of two heats of the men's 5,000 meters, Wednesday's penultimate running event. His effort was good for fourth place in the heat and secured one of the six automatic qualifying positions to Friday's 10:45 p.m. final. McDougal will compete in the 5K final for the second-consecutive year. He earned All-America honors in the event a season ago, as a result of his ninth-place finish.
Villanova's Bobby Curtis, who edged McDougal at the NCAA East Regional Championships, won the opening heat in 14:30.56. The heat's first seven runners were separated by just 1.41 seconds in a pedestrian-paced race. Heat number two went much more quickly, as it was won by defending national champion Chris Solinsky of Wisconsin, in a time of 13:56.81.
Jon Hart (Jr., Wyomissing, Pa.) took three qualifying throws in the men's hammer, Wednesday afternoon, but fell short of advancing to Friday's event final. He finished 18th out of 26 throwers with his best throw of 202-1. Hart ended up four feet and five inches shy of the 12th and final qualifying berth. Nick Owens, a senior from North Carolina, recorded Friday's furthest throw, a 230-4.
Thursday's action at Sacramento's Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex will kick off at 1 p.m. Eastern with the resumption of the decathlon competition. McDougal is scheduled to run the men's 10,000-meter final at 11 p.m. Eastern and the Lady Flames' Carol Jefferson (Jr., Schwenksville, Pa.) will lace up her spikes for the women's 10,000-meter final at 11:40.