May 28, 2010
By Danielle Marshall
Athletic Media Relations
AUSTIN, Texas - In the last event of the night Friday at the NCAA West regional Colorado State's Kristen Hemphill placed third in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and will move on the NCAA championships.
Hemphill crossed the finish line first in her heat and ultimately finished behind SMU's Silje Fjortoft and Colorado's Emma Coburn with a time of 10 minutes 11.00 seconds. All three athletes ran in different heats.
Distance Coach Bryan Berryhill was very pleased with Hemphill's performance.
"She ran great," said Berryhill. "She won her heat and that qualifies her for the NCAA Championships in Eugene. She's gaining more and more confidence and she just took control of the race. To see her to do that with such a great field of athletes is really impressive."
Hemphill will advance to a semifinal in Eugene, Ore., before the finals on June 9-12.
In the only women's field event Friday Meagan Berg placed 18th in the discus throw with a distance of 48.51 meters.
Kirk Cooper tied for 32nd in the pole vault. He cleared a height of 4.95 meters. Ian Lettow competed in the hammer throw Friday and placed 42nd with a distance of 54.01 meters.
Nigel Joseph was unable to place in the top 12 in the quarterfinals of the 400-meter hurdles. He placed 21st with a time of 52.01 seconds. Spenser Lynass placed 42nd in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, crossing the line at 9:20.08. Kelby Dias did not compete in the 110-meter hurdles.
Athletes competing Saturday in the final day of the West regional are Cameron Carter
, Berg, Leah Elmshauser
, Sonni Russell
, Ryan Billups
and Daniel Wallis