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O'HARE, ROBINSON ADVANCE TO FINALS AT NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS

Chris O'Hare advanced to his third consecutive final of the mile at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships

Chris O'Hare advanced to his third consecutive final of the mile at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships
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March 8, 2013

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -

Senior Chris O'Hare, the reigning NCAA title holder in the mile, and freshman Bryce Robinson, Tulsa's school record holder in the 60-meter dash, advanced to the finals of the mile and 60-meter dash, respectively,

at the 2013 Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday at the Randal Tyson Track Center.

O'Hare had the second best time in his heat of 4:01.76, which was the sixth fastest time during the preliminary round. The top four from each heat and the next two fastest runners advanced to the finals. 

The men's mile final, which will take place tomorrow at 6:10 p.m., features a rematch of the three collegians that competed at the 106th edition of the Millrose Games in February. In the Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games, O'Hare shattered the collegiate record in the indoor mile clocking in at 3:52.98 while competing against Arizona's Lawi Lalang and North Carolina State's Ryan Hill.

"It was a good heat," O'Hare commented. "I didn't know what to expect and who was going to take it. Lawi and Ryan looked good in their prelim. It is going to be a good final tomorrow."

This marks the third time that O'Hare has advanced to the finals of the mile. In 2011, O'Hare finished runner-up in the event, while he won the race in 2012.   

Robinson, competing in the second heat of the 60-meter dash, had to visit the starting blocks three times, as a false start occurred on the race's first try, and the second try was halted with a potential false start, which after reviewing replay wasn't found.

The third try was the charm for the competitors and Robinson, as the former Edmond Memorial prep star was third in the heat with a time of 6.64. That time was the sixth fastest in the round, and earned the freshman a spot in the finals. 

"During the two false starts, I ran 40 meters each time," Robinson said. "It was pretty tiring, but it kind of helped me out as I had two bad starts. The third start was my best start." 

The 60-meter dash finals will take place tomorrow at 7:10 p.m.

Both O'Hare and Robinson's races will be aired live on ESPN3, with coverage on ESPN3 beginning at 6 p.m. Dwight Stones, Lewis Johnson and Lolo Jones will be on the call.

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Men's Mile - Prelims

Heat  1 Preliminaries                                                       

 1 Lawi Lalang               JR Arizona                3:58.52Q            

  2 Ryan Hill                 SR North Carolina St.     3:58.91Q            

  3 Raul Botezan              SR Oklahoma State         3:59.85Q            

  4 Tyler Stutzman            SR Stanford               3:59.93Q            

  5 Christopher Fallon        SR Ohio State             4:00.36q            

  6 John Simons               JR Minnesota              4:00.47q            

  7 Joseph Stilin             SR Texas                  4:02.04             

  8 Julian Matthews           SR Providence             4:12.57             

Heat  2 Preliminaries                                                        

  1 Robby Creese              SO Penn State             4:01.67Q            

  2 Chris O'Hare              SR Tulsa                  4:01.76Q            

  3 Austin Mudd               SO Wisconsin              4:02.10Q            

  4 Michael Atchoo            JR Stanford               4:02.13Q            

  5 Mac Fleet                 JR Oregon                 4:02.18             

  6 Brett Johnson             JR Oregon                 4:04.11             

  7 Robert Denault            SO Villanova              4:04.29             

  8 Matt Miner                SR Oregon                 4:06.77

 

Preliminaries                                                               

  1 Lawi Lalang               JR Arizona                3:58.52Q  1         

  2 Robby Creese              SO Penn State             4:01.67Q  2         

  3 Ryan Hill                 SR North Carolina St.     3:58.91Q  1         

  4 Chris O'Hare              SR Tulsa                  4:01.76Q  2         

  5 Raul Botezan              SR Oklahoma State         3:59.85Q  1         

  6 Austin Mudd               SO Wisconsin              4:02.10Q  2         

  7 Tyler Stutzman            SR Stanford               3:59.93Q  1         

  8 Michael Atchoo            JR Stanford               4:02.13Q  2         

  9 Christopher Fallon        SR Ohio State             4:00.36q  1         

 10 John Simons               JR Minnesota              4:00.47q  1         

 11 Joseph Stilin             SR Texas                  4:02.04   1         

 12 Mac Fleet                 JR Oregon                 4:02.18   2         

 13 Brett Johnson             JR Oregon                 4:04.11   2         

 14 Robert Denault            SO Villanova              4:04.29   2         

 15 Matt Miner                SR Oregon                 4:06.77   2         

 16 Julian Matthews           SR Providence             4:12.57   1

 

Men's 60-Meter Dash - Prelims

 

Heat  1 Preliminaries                                                       

  1 D'Angelo Cherry           SR Miss State                6.53Q     

  2 Darrell Wesh              JR Virginia Tech             6.57Q     

  3 Marcus Rowland            SR Auburn                    6.58q     

  4 Brent Lee                 SR Jackson State             6.68      

  5 Joe Morris                SR Colorado                  6.70      

  6 Prezel Hardy, Jr.         JR Texas A&M                 6.71      

  7 Leshon Collins            FR Houston                   6.77      

 -- Marvin Bracy              FR Florida State               FS  

Heat  2 Preliminaries                                                        

  1 Charles Silmon            SR TCU                       6.60Q     

  2 Harry Adams               SR Auburn                    6.63Q     

  3 Bryce Robinson            FR Tulsa                     6.64q 6.635

  4 Tevin Hester              FR Clemson                   6.64q 6.640

  5 Markesh Woodson           FR Missouri                  6.65q     

  6 Clayton Vaughn            JR Texas-Arlington           6.66      

  7 Broderick Snoddy          FR Georgia Tech              6.75      

 -- Dentarius Locke           JR Florida State               FS

Preliminaries                                                               

1 D'Angelo Cherry           SR Miss State                6.53Q     

  2 Charles Silmon            SR TCU                       6.60Q     

  3 Darrell Wesh              JR Virginia Tech             6.57Q     

  4 Harry Adams               SR Auburn                    6.63Q     

  5 Marcus Rowland            SR Auburn                    6.58q     

  6 Bryce Robinson            FR Tulsa                     6.64q 6.635

  7 Tevin Hester              FR Clemson                   6.64q 6.640

  8 Markesh Woodson           FR Missouri                  6.65q     

  9 Clayton Vaughn            JR Texas-Arlington           6.66      

 10 Brent Lee                 SR Jackson State             6.68      

 11 Joe Morris                SR Colorado                  6.70      

 12 Prezel Hardy, Jr.         JR Texas A&M                 6.71      

 13 Broderick Snoddy          FR Georgia Tech              6.75      

 14 Leshon Collins            FR Houston                   6.77      

 -- Marvin Bracy              FR Florida State               FS      

 -- Dentarius Locke           JR Florida State               FS