NCAA Track and Field Championships: Day Two Recap

Updated 6/8/2012
Courtesy of MAC Sports Information Departments

Men's Day Two Results

Women's Day Two Results

Kent State: Leppelmeier Wraps Up Freshman Campaign at NCAA Championships
Kent State freshman Jacklyn Leppelmeier concluded her inaugural season on the Golden Flashes' track and field team with her appearance at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by Drake University.
Leppelmeier, a native of McComb, Ohio, did not mark in three attempts in the hammer throw, placing her 24th nationally. Leppelmeier advanced to the national championship after throwing a personal-best 195' 3" at the NCAA East Qualifier, a mark that is second all-time in Kent State history.
The final Kent State track and field representative to compete at the NCAA Championships is women's triple jumper Penina Acayo, who will compete Saturday, June 9.

Toledo: Emma Kertesz Finishes in 16th Place in 10 K at NCAAs, Earns All-America Honors
Des Moines, Iowa -
Junior Emma Kertesz (Toledo, OH/Central Catholic) gave it everything she had at the end of her race to finish in 16th place and earn second-team All-America honors in the 10,000-meter run at the NCAA Track & Field Championship in Des Moines Thursday night.

Kertesz finished with a time of 33:54.99, beating out Louisville's Holly Knight, who came in at 33:57.36, for the final All-America spot.

Kertesz held back in a secondary group for the first 7,000 meters, then began her move toward the front.

"It was a great race. It went exactly as I was hoping it would go," said Kertesz, who became Toledo's eight track All-American in the past 11 years. "It came down to the last 3,000 meters with four of us battling for the 16th spot. I really had to kick in the last lap. It's the hardest I've ever run in my life."

"It was an incredibly fast race, so Emma really played it smart," said head coach Kevin Hadsell. "The first 7,000 meters were tactical, hanging back and waiting for the right time to move. She then ran hard for the next 2,400 meters, picking off some of the runners who had tried to stay in the lead group. Then the last 600 meters was really an all out sprint. She really outkicked that last runner to get 16th place."

Texas A&M's Natosha Rogers won the race with a time of 32:41.63.

Western Michigan: 4x400 Finishes Season Ranked 15th in the Nation
The Western Michigan track and field season came to an end after the 4x400 meter relay team fell shy of qualifying for the finals at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake University on Thursday night.

Andrea Arnold, Victoria Chatman, Iris Campbell and Leya Munwam combined for a time of 3:34.83 to take fourth place in their heat and 15th overall. The time was the best this season for the squad and the third fastest in WMU history. The Broncos finished ahead of Ohio State, Georgetown, George Mason, Notre Dame, Arizona State, UCLA, Hampton, TCU and Clemson.

Arnold led off and kept the Broncos close to the pack and was followed by Chatman, who ran a blazing 52.3 second split to get WMU up to third place. Campbell also ran a fast split, breaking 53 seconds for the first time in her career. Munwan also ran one of the fastest splits in her career to help WMU hold fourth place.

"That field was just flat out flying," said head coach Kelly Lycan. "Some teams ran 3:31 didn't qualify and that is amazing but I thought we ran really well. It was a heck of an accomplishment for that group. Leya and Victoria have been through a lot and I'm really proud of them. Victoria missed all of last year with an injury and I give her so much credit for coming back after missing an entire year. She just kept working so hard."

"We were the only mid-major to finish in the top 15 and we were up there with some great teams," added Lycan. "We were really not that far away and I think we are close to having that foursome to get us to the finals. It is going to be hard to replace Victoria and Leya but I think some of our freshmen will grow a bit next season and we can get them fired up to be back next year."

While the season has come to an end, one Bronco will continue competing, as freshman Lindsey Hufnagel qualified for the USA Junior National Championships in the heptathlon. The competition begins next Friday at Indiana University.