Henry wins heat, earns spot in finals

June 7, 2013

EUGENE, Ore. — For the second straight year, Weber State junior Amber Henry has advanced to the finals in the steeplechase at the NCAA track and field championships.

Henry won her heat in the trials Thursday at the meet in Eugene and will now run in the finals Saturday afternoon.

Henry, a native of Mountain View, Wyo., finished first in her heat with a time of 9:58.82. The top 12 finishers in Thursday’s trials advanced to the finals. Henry’s time was the fourth fastest overall in the event. She entered this week ranked fourth in the nation in the steeplechase.

She will now run in the finals of the event Saturday at 3:57 p.m. Mountain time.

Henry earned All-America honors in cross country and won three Big Sky titles at the Big Sky Conference outdoor track championships.

Earlier, Clemson junior Brianna Rollins set a collegiate record in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 12.47 at the championships.

Rollins set the wind-legal mark in her heat of the semifinals at Oregon’s Hayward Field. The final in the event is set for Saturday.

“I didn’t know I broke the record,” she said, smiling after coming off the track. “I just thought it was a good race.”

The 21-year-old broke the record of 12.48 set by USC’s Ginnie Powell at the 2006 NCAA outdoor championships in Sacramento, Calif.

Her mark is also a world best this season.

Rollins said she skimmed one hurdle with her left knee. She’ll go back and look at the film to see what she can improve for the final.

Asked if she might break her own record, she said: “We’ll see.”

Rollins set a championship meet record in the 60 hurdles earlier this year with a 7.79 for the NCAA indoor title.

In other early events Thursday, Virginia Tech freshman Tomas Kruzliak won the hammer title with a throw of 227 feet, 3 inches. Arizona State junior Anna Jelmini won the discus with a throw of 190-1.

In the women’s 200 meter semifinals, LSU senior Kimberlyn Duncan ran a wind-aided 22.15, the fourth-fastest NCAA time in all conditions.

Duncan is wrapping up a stellar college career. Last year she won the Bowerman Award, the nation’s top track and field honor.

Duncan also qualified for Friday’s final in the 100.

In the men’s 200, USC senior Bryshon Nellum ran a wind-aided 19.99. He’ll run the 100 final today and the 200 on Saturday.

In the final event of the day, BYU’s Jared Ward and Southern Utah University’s Nate Jewkes earned All-America honors in the 10,000 meters final.

Ward, a junior out of Davis High, finished eighth overall, running in 19:51.59.

Jewkes, a junior, led the race at the opening gun and ran to an 11th-place finish in 29:56.21. He earned second team honors.

Lawi Lalang of Arizona won in 29:29.65.