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Steeplechasers Advance to Finals
May 30, 2014

FAYETTEVILE, Ark. – Teammates Brandon Doughty and Alex Deir closed out day two of the NCAA West prelims with a dream performance, setting PRs and earning trips to the NCAA Championship in Eugene, Ore. That meet is set for June 11-14.

Competing in the 3000-meter steeplechase, Doughty, the Big 12 champion, won his heat and set an Oklahoma program record of 8:44.34. Deir, using a late surge in the race’s final leg, finished third in his heat and moved into third in program history after crossing the finish line in 8:46.49.

“It was a great way to finish the day and I am very proud of those guys,” said head coach Jim VanHootegem. “We have been touting their successes all year. These were big personal records for them and great racing.

“In Alex’s case, he had to go from fifth to third after the last water jump. He charged off of that barrier and it was great to see him get that last spot. For Brandon to win his heat, it was a fantastic way to finish the day.”

Waymon Storey Jr. also took care of business on Friday in the men’s 200-meter dash, finishing third in his heat with a time of 21.08. That advanced him to the quarterfinals, which are scheduled for Saturday at 7:45 p.m.

“It was good to see Waymon do that today,” VanHootegem said. “He has struggled with an injury this year and he has been coming back. I think his 4x4 leg at the conference meet might have sparked him a little bit. Maybe he knows he is capable of a little bit more now.”

Alex Morgan finished 13th in the discus (170-5, 51.94m), one spot shy of qualifying. In an event that experienced a lengthy delay due to an official protest, Morgan had remained in the top 12 for the majority of the competition before finally being passed on the sixth and final attempt.

“It was a hard day for Alex,” VanHootegem explained. “With everything going on with the protests, it ended up being a long delay. It seemed like Alex was in the final qualifying spot for two hours. In the last round, she got passed and she was just not quite able to answer. She has had a great season and I would have liked to see her move on. It just did not quite happen for her.”

Charles Nguyen, who came into this weekend ranked 44th in the hammer throw, finished 39th with a throw of 185-0 (56.39m). Garrison LeRock ended his season by finishing 37th in the high jump after clearing a height of 6-7.5 (2.02m).

Oklahoma begins Saturday, the final day of preliminary competition, at 10 a.m. as Sarah Tolson is slated to compete in the women’s hammer throw. Hayden McClain will be competing in the men’s triple jump at 6 p.m. Molly Williams will be running in the second round of the 1500 preliminaries at 6:45 p.m. Live results are provided by FlashResults and live video can be found here (begins at 6). Further information can be found at Meet Central.  

FRIDAY'S RESULTS
Place Name Event Mark Next
 39 Charles Nguyen Men's Hammer 185-0  
 37 Garrison LeRock Men's High Jump 6-7.5  
 13 Alex Morgan Women's Discus 170-5  
 19 Waymon Storey Jr. Men's 200 21.08 Saturday - 7:35 pm.
 4 Brandon Doughty Men's 3,000 Steeplechase 8:44.34* NCAA Finals
 8 Alex Deir Men's 3,000 Steeplechase 8:46.69* NCAA Finals

* Denotes personal record. 

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