Track & Field Closes Day One At NCAA Indoor Championships|
March 9, 2012
NAMPA, Idaho – University of Cincinnati senior Kathy Klump qualified for the 800 meter final Saturday and two other Bearcats were in action Friday on the opening day of the 2012 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships at Boise State University's Jacksons Track at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho.
Klump was fourth much of the way, with her first three laps going 29.90, 30.96 and 31.79. She ran a final 200 meters of 31.93, breaking the tape in a then track-record time of 2:04.57, knocking off Oklahoma State's Natalja Piliusina, who defeated her last weekend at the Alex Wilson Invitational in South Bend, Ind. Klump earned the No. 2 seed for Saturday's eight-runner final, behind Katie Palmer of BYU who bested Klump’s mark with a facility record time of 2:04.42 to win heat No. 2.
Jasmine Cotten took 10th place in the high jump, clearing 1.78m (5-10). Cotten, the 2012 BIG EAST Conference Field Athlete of the Year, earned the no. 3 seed in the pentathlon with her top score of 4,192 points, set during her win at the 2012 BIG EAST Indoor Championship.
Terrence Somerville clocked 7.85 in the prelims for the 60 hurdles and did not qualify for Saturday's final.
The pentathlon starts Saturday with the 60 hurdles at 1 p.m. ET. Other events in the five-event card are the high jump, shot put, long jump and 800 meters. The final for the 800 meters runs at 9:45 p.m. ET.
ESPN3 will stream the meet live on March 10 from 8-11:15 p.m. ET. A tape delay of the championship will air Sunday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPNU. NCAA.com and broncosports.com will stream what ESPN3 is not covering on Friday (Noon-7:30 p.m. ET) and Saturday (12:30-8 pm ET).