EUGENE, Ore. — Never count out Dylan Blankenbaker.
After clipping a barrier and falling on the track with a little more than three laps to go in his 3,000-meter steeplechase semifinal, Blankenbaker found himself in 10th and the likelihood of being among the coveted top-five finishers seemed slim. The redshirt senior wasn't going to have his career end that way however, and he fought back, recovering to claim the last automatic spot in his heat.
He finished in fifth place with a time of 8:43.64 to advance to the final on Friday at 7:54 p.m. CT.
“That's not how we wanted to do it, but it was good to see his determination,” said head coach Jim VanHootegem. “Now, he needs to let loose and have a great final.”
Everette Favor cleared his first bar of 16-10.75 in the pole vault, but was unable to clear the next bar of 17-4.50. He finished tied for 18th.
"I'm so proud of what Everette accomplished this year. He is a great Sooner and we have been fortunate to have him in our program."
Tomorrow, the 4x100-meter relay team of Amanda Van Buren, Ama Pipi, Daye Shon Roberson and Leya Buchanan compete in the semifinal at 6:32 p.m. Baileh Simms takes to the sand pit in the long jump at 8 p.m. and Jess Woodard throws the shot put at 8:40 p.m.
Pipi will run again at 8:44 p.m. in the 200-meter semifinals and then as the first leg of the 4x400-meter relay at 9:48 p.m. Pipi will hand off to Roberson, who will hand off to Daunicia Demerson, who hands off to Payton Baker as the anchor leg.
A recap will be provided at the conclusion of each day on Soonersports.com. Live results can be accessed at http://www.ncaa.com/sites/default/files/external/track-field/results/d1/outdoor17/final/index.htm. ESPN3 will have coverage starting at 12:30 p.m., with coverage later on in the day at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2. Updates will be provided throughout the competition on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at OU_Track.