FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Kent State freshman Diana Dumitrescu finds herself just outside of the top 10 after day one of the women’s heptathlon at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
The native of Campulung, Romania has accumulated 3,349 points and sits in 13th place through four of the heptathlon’s seven events.
Dumitrescu finished the 100 meter hurdles in 14.37 to place 20th and earn 927 points. She elevated herself 1.72 meters to force a four-way tie for seventh and snatch 879 points in the high jump. The shot put saw Dumitrescu earn 729 points courtesy of a throw of 13.02 meters. Dumitrescu wrapped up her initial day of championship competition with the 200 meter dash, clocking a 25.83 finish for 22nd place and 812 points.
The heptathlon wraps up competition Friday with the long jump, javelin throw, and 800 meter run. Action gets underway at approximately 1:45 p.m.
Dumitrescu dominated the event throughout the season, provisionally qualifying for the championships twice. She twice shattered 2009 Varsity "K" inductee Aja Farris's 5,307 point total in 2000, the previous high water mark for the program in the heptathlon. Dumitrescu compiled a season-high 5,429 points to win the conference title, topping an outstanding performance earlier in the season at the 100th Drake Relays where she was the top collegiate finisher in the event and third overall with 5,350 points.
Senior Kimberley Hamilton will also continue her quest for NCAA gold and All-American status in the women’s javelin finals tomorrow at 5:30 p.m. Hamilton heaved her final attempt 49.33 meters to finish eighth in the event’s qualifying round Wednesday and earn a berth in Friday’s final with 11 of the nation’s other top javelin throwers at John McDonnell Field.
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Facing the top competition in the nation, junior thrower Greg Pilling from the Central Michigan University men's track and field team proved he belonged with the elite company at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Thursday.
The London, Ont. native advanced to the finals in the discus after finishing seventh in the preliminary round with a solid toss of 191-9.
Pilling will throw again on Saturday morning at 10 a.m. Live updates will be available on ncaa.com and Pilling's final results will be posted on cmuchippewas.com at the conclusion of his event.