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Stones, O'Hare Set For NCAA Championships

Junior Chris O'Hare will run in the NCAA Championship 1,500m semifinals at 6:15 June 7.
Junior Chris O'Hare will run in the NCAA Championship 1,500m semifinals at 6:15 June 7.
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June 6, 2012

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TULSA, Okla. - Senior Carl Stones and junior All-American Chris O'Hare will both compete at the 2012 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

O'Hare will run in the National Semifinal of the 1,500-meter run at 6:15 p.m. June 7. There will be two heats, and the top five in each heat plus the next two fastest times will all advance to the championship race at 11:17 a.m. June 9. O'Hare reached the National Final last year, where he finished 11th and earned USTFCCCA Second Team All-American honors.

Stones will be the first Tulsa runner in school history to compete in the National Semifinal of the 3,000-meter Steeplechase when he runs at 7:25 p.m. June 7. There will be two heats, with the top six per heat plus the next two fastest times advancing to the National Final at 11:52 a.m. June 9.

This is just the second time in school history that two Tulsa men have qualified for the NCAA Championships (2009, Justin Duncan 1,500m and John Beattie 10,000m).

Broadcast schedule is as follows:
Date / Time / Outlet
Thursday, June 7 / 5:15 PM ET / WEB: ESPN3.com / LIVE
Friday, June 8 / 6:15 PM ET / WEB: ESPN3.com / LIVE
Saturday, June 9 / 12:00 PM ET / WEB: ESPN3.com / LIVE
Saturday, June 9 / 12:00 PM ET / TV: ESPNU / LIVE
Saturday, June 16 / 2:00 PM ET / TV: ESPNU / Tape-Delay

NOTES
9 COMPETE AT NCAA WEST PRELIMINARY, STONES, O'HARE QUALIFY FOR NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP Senior Carl Stones and junior All-American Chris O'Hare both qualified for the NCAA Championship by running qualifying marks in their respective events at the NCAA West Preliminary at Mike A. Meyers Stadium in Austin, Texas. O'Hare placed sixth in the quarterfinals of the 1,500m run with a qualifying mark of 3:46.37. Stones was fifth in the 3,000m Steeplechase with a qualifying time of 8:51.03.

Senior Bill Martin also competed in the 1,500m quarterfinals, and he finished 21st in 4:00.98. Senior Paulo Pinheiro was 25th in the 5,000m semifinals (14:41.38), while freshman Chase Sammons was 34th in the discus throw (51.11m, 167-08) and junior Julian Frazier was 36th in the 400m dash first round (47.88). Senior Tom Marshall was 41st in the 1,500m first round in 4:02.60. For the women, junior Sarah Macpherson was 35th in the first round of the 1,500m (4:35.42), while fellow junior Ashley Scott was 42nd in the 5,000m semifinals in 17:40.01.

MEN TIE SCHOOL'S C-USA MARK WITH THIRD-PLACE FINISH AT C-USA CHAMPIONSHIP The Tulsa men's track team placed third at the 2012 Conference USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships May 11-13 in New Orleans, tying the school record for best finish since the team joined the league in 2005-06. TU edged East Carolina for third by a 127-126 margin. Houston (170.50) and UTEP (132) were the top two finishers. Senior Paulo Pinheiro (5,000, 10,000) and junior Chris O'Hare (800, 1,500) both won two gold medals. Senior Carl Stones won the 3,000m Steeplechase for the second-straight year, and freshman Chase Sammons won the discus. The Tulsa women placed 12th with 23 points. Sophomore Josie Wilcox led the way with her third-place finish in the 10,000. Fellow sophomore Katherine Camp was fifth in the 800, and junior Sarah Macpherson was fifth in the 1,500.

O'HARE NAMED C-USA OUTDOOR TRACK ATHLETE OF THE WEEK Junior All-American Chris O'Hare was named the Conference USA Outdoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week May 1. He was honored after he posted the nation's second-fastest collegiate 1,500 mark of 3:37.95 at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational April 29 in Palo Alto, Calif. He finished ninth in a field of 36 runners that included Olympians and other elite runners. His time broke his own school record by more than four seconds (3:42.54), and he was the second fastest collegiate runner in the event. His time was also an Olympic `B' Standard.

O'HARE POSTS NATION'S SECOND-BEST 1,500 METERS IN STANFORD Junior All-American Chris O'Hare recorded the nation's second-fastest 1,500-meter run when he posted a mark of 3:37.95 to finish ninth overall in Palo Alto, Calif. He was competing against other top collegiates and Olympians at Cobb and Angell Field on the campus of Stanford University. The mark set his PR and broke his own school record by more than four seconds. His time was also under the Olympic `B' Standard.

STONES EARNS C-USA WEEKLY HONOR Senior Carl Stones was named the Conference USA Outdoor Male Track and Field Athlete of the Week for the second time in his career on April 24. He clocked the ninth-fastest time in the nation in the 3,000m Steeplechase April 20 at the Mt. SAC Relay's. His mark of 8:43.79 landed him a fifth-place finish, breaking his own school record by more than six seconds.

STONES ECLIPSES SCHOOL MARK AT MT. SAC RELAY'S Senior Carl Stones broke his own school record in the 3,000m steeplechase and recorded the ninth-fastest time in the NCAA. Junior Ashley Scott recorded the fourth-fastest 5K in school history (16:38.91), while sophomore Josie Wilcox posted the fifth-best 10K (35:31.59) and senior Paulo Pinheiro ran the fifth-fastest 5K of 14:08.36.

O'HARE WINS TU'S FIRST TRACK NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP Junior Chris O'Hare led wire-to-wire for eight laps and won the mile national championship at the 2012 Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships March 10 at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center. He posted a facility-record mark of 4:01.66 in the finals to become the first track national champion in school history, beating second-place Rich Peters of Boston University by 0.12 seconds. He was also named a USTFCCCA First Team All-American for his efforts. O'Hare pushed the tempo early and was able to outlast his competitors in his wire-to-wire victory, most notably defending champion Miles Batty of BYU who finished third in 4:01.86. The victory also gave Tulsa 10 points towards the overall team standings, which was the most in school history at the NCAA Indoor Championships. The team finished in 18th overall, which was better than Oral Roberts (22nd with nine points), Oklahoma (52nd with three points) and Oklahoma State (61st with one point).

O'HARE EARNS SECOND-STRAIGHT C-USA INDOOR TRACK ATHLETE OF THE YEAR HONORS All-American Chris O'Hare was named the Conference USA Male Indoor Track Athlete of the Year for the second-straight season. This is the fourth-straight year that a member of the Golden Hurricane was bestowed the yearly honor. Previous winners were O'Hare (2011), John Beattie (2010) and Mark Davidson (2009). O'Hare won Tulsa's first track national title in the mile at the 2012 NCAA Indoor T&F Championships in Nampa, Idaho. He broke the facility record with a mark of 4:01.66 and was named a first team USTFCCCA All-American for the second-straight year. He also won both the 800 and the mile at the Conference USA Championship, and he has still yet to lose a race at the league meet in his three years. O'Hare owns the school record in three indoor distances: the 800, 1000 and mile.