O'HARE, ROBINSON TO COMPETE IN NCAA INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
March 4, 2013
TULSA, Okla. -
Tulsa senior Chris O’Hare, the reigning 2012 NCAA Champion in the mile, and freshman Bryce Robinson will compete at the 2013 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships March 8-9 at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark.
O'Hare will compete in the mile, while Robinson will run in the 60-meter dash.
This marks the first time in school history that two TU athletes have qualified for the indoor championships in different events, and Robinson is the first TU athlete to qualify in the 60-meter dash.
O’Hare looks to defend his mile crown, as the senior won the 2012 title and was runner-up in the mile at the 2011 championships. O’Hare set the collegiate record in the mile earlier this year at the 106th edition of the Millrose Games with a time of 3:52.98.
O’Hare won the 800 and mile titles at the 2013 Conference USA Indoor Track and Field Championships, and was a part of the TU distance medley relay squad that won the event.
O’Hare was named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division I Midwest Region Men’s Indoor Track Athlete of the Year earlier today, and was named to the Bowerman Award watch list earlier this month.
“Coming in as the reigning national champion and the collegiate record holder, he will be approaching this from a different angle,” Head Coach Steve Gulley commented. “He has some business to take of this weekend, and we’re looking forward to see what he’ll do.”
The semifinal round of the mile will take place at 5:45 p.m. on Friday, March 9, and the final will take place on Saturday, March 10, at 6:10 p.m.
Robinson ran a school record time of 6.61 at the Frank Sevigne Invitational in early February, which is tied for the fourth best time in the nation for the 60-meter dash.
He won the 60-meter crown at the C-USA Indoor Track and Field Championships with a time of 6.67, and was second in the 200-meter dash with a school-best time of 21.19.
“I’m excited for Bryce,” Gulley said. “I’m more eager to see how he will handle the environment. He has worked hard, and it is important that he gets the experience early on, as it can benefit him down the road.”
The semifinals of the 60-meter dash will take place at 7:05 p.m. on Friday, and the finals will take place at 7:10 p.m. on Saturday.
The meet will air live on ESPN3, with coverage beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, and 6 p.m. on Saturday. The meet will air tape-delayed on ESPNU on Sunday, March 17 at 6 p.m.
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