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NCAA Track & Field Championship Blog: Day 2

June 12, 2008  Des Moines, Iowa  RSS
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Brandon Hoskins will aim for this third career All-America certificate today, as he completes the decathlon. (Photo by Kirby Lee/Image of Sport)

Brandon Hoskins will aim for this third career All-America certificate today, as he completes the decathlon. (Photo by Kirby Lee/Image of Sport)

From Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa, with its distinctive blue track, LibertyFlames.com will provide live updates from the 2008 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Stay tuned as Liberty athletes Jon Hart, Clendon Henderson, Brandon Hoskins and Evans Kigen battle the best collegiate competitors in the nation.

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12:05 p.m. - I just learned Brandon Hoskins has withdrawn from the decathlon competition, prior to the start of the discus. He has been battling some injuries in recent weeks, and is unable to complete today's events.

He is still holding out hope to compete in the decathlon at the U.S. Olympic Trials in two weeks. At this point, Hoskins' top score of 7,800 points would make the cut.

With no other Flames scheduled to compete today, I think I'll wrap up my blog for the day. I plan to return to Drake Stadium later this afternoon, but will just be watching some of the running events as a fan.

I will be back tomorrow with complete coverage of the men's discus and steeplechase finals. Thanks for your interest, have a nice afternoon and Go Flames!

11:20 a.m. - Well, I had a nice detailed post ready for you to read, but somehow it all disappeared. So, you'll have to settle for the Readers Digest version. I apologize.

The decathlon 110-meter hurdles were run in the opposite direction as the sprint and hurdle events had been contested yesterday, from south to north. They took advantage of the prevailing tailwinds out of the south.

Brandon Hoskins competed in the second of seven heats, finishing third in 15.80 seconds. He got off to a solid start, but hit numerous hurdles in the latter stages of the race, knocking him off stride. His performance was worth 755 points, boosting his overall point total to 4,361. Hoskins is now in 21st place of the 23 remaining decathletes. Stephen F. Austin's Aaron Harlan pulled out of the competition before the hurdles.

Most of the event's fireworks came in the third heat, where Tennessee's Jangy Addy retook the overall lead from Oregon's Ashton Eaton. Addy broke the meet record, running a 13.74. Here's how the standings look now.

Men's Decathlon Standings (Through Six Events)
1) Jangy Addy, Tennessee - 5,246
2) Ashton Eaton, Oregon - 5,229
3) Rickey Moody, Washington State - 4,951
4) Gonzalo Barriolhet, Florida State - 4,918
5) Nick Adcock, Missouri - 4,863
21) Brandon Hoskins, Liberty - 4,361

Next up is the decathlon discus, in about 30 minutes. The competitors will be divided into two flights, with Hoskins entered in flight two. I'll be back with an update in a while.

10:15 a.m. CST – Hello again from Des Moines, Iowa. We're here for day two of the 2008 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium. Within the next 12 hours, five national champions will be crowned, in the decathlon, men's and women's long jump and men's and women's 10,000 meters.

Brandon Hoskins will resume competition in the decathlon about a half hour from now. He sits in 17th place after yesterday's five events with 3,606 points, but still has a chance to fight for his third career All-America honor today. To review, here's what the standings look like:

Men's Decathlon Standings (Through Day One)
1) Ashton Eaton, Oregon – 4,289
2) Jangy Addy, Tennessee – 4,238
3) Rickey Moody, Washington State – 4,048
4) Nick Adcock, Missouri – 3,963
5) Gonzalo Barriolhet, Florida State – 3,958
17) Brandon Hoskins, Liberty – 3,606

Of the 26 decathletes who started the day yesterday, 24 remain in the competition. Of note, three-time indoor national champion Donovan Kilmartin of Texas pulled out prior to the 400-meter dash yesterday.

The top eight American finishers are guaranteed All-America recognition. Five of the 16 decathletes currently ahead of Hoskins in the standings are foreign-born. So, he currently stands 12th among American competitors, entering today's five events.

The pole vault and javelin in particular are among the senior's finest events. First up, however, will be the 110-meter hurdles. Hoskins will follow up the hurdles with the discus, pole vault, javelin and finally his favorite event, the 1,500 meters. I write that sarcastically, because most decathletes loathe the 1,500, especially because it comes as the 10th and final discipline of their two-day competition. Tentatively, Hoskins' day will finish up around 7:30 p.m.

Since I have nine blog posts left for the day, and Hoskins is Liberty's only competitor, I may provide some other random updates. Here are some events of note on today's slate.

5:10 p.m. – First round of the women's 200-meter dash, including Charleston Southern's Dionne Gibson. If she gets through the first round, she will come right back with the semifinals at 6:35.

6:25 p.m. – Semifinal of the men's 800-meter run, including VMI's Felix Kitur. The freshman will be attempting to qualify for Saturday's event final.

6:55 p.m. – This is my most eagerly anticipated event of the meet not involving Liberty athletes, the women's 1,500-meter run. Today, the finalists for Saturday will be determined. The loaded field includes Texas Tech's Sally Kipyego, a six-time national champion attempting the 1,500/5K double this weekend, defending 1,500-meter titlist Brie Felnagle of North Carolina, defending 1,500-meter runner-up Susan Kuijken of Florida State and NCAA indoor mile champion Hannah England of Florida State.

7:10 p.m. – Semifinal of the men's 1,500-meter run, including Winthrop's Matthew Elliott. He will also try to reach Saturday's final round.

8:10 p.m. – The women's 10K final will take the track. The race favorite (and local crowd favorite) will be Iowa State's Lisa Koll. So far, the Drake crowd has shown a partiality to local athletes from Iowa State and Northern Iowa.

8:50 p.m. – The men's 10K could shape up as a three-way battle between top-seeded Sean Quigley of LaSalle, defending champion Shadrack Songok of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and Eastern Kentucky's Jacob Korir.

Again, I will focus on Brandon Hoskins' progress through the final five events of the decathlon today, while trying to throw in other information some of my readers may find interesting during the meantime. Hopefully the weather is better than it was yesterday. So far, so good. The sun is shining in Des Moines as I write this. Fingers crossed!