Rollins sets record in 100-meter hurdles
EUGENE – Clemson junior Brianna Rollins set a collegiate record in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 12.47 seconds at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships Thursday.
Rollins set the wind-legal mark in her heat of the semifinals at Oregon’s Hayward Field. The final in the event is set for Saturday.
The 21-year-old broke the record of 12.48 set by USC’s Ginnie Powell at the 2006 NCAA outdoor championships in Sacramento, Calif.
Her mark is also a world best this season.
Rollins said she skimmed one hurdle with her left knee.
In the men’s 10,000 meters, Arizona junior Lawi Lalang pulled far ahead of the pack and waved to the Hayward grandstand on the final stretch as he cruised to the finish in 29 minutes, 29.45 seconds.
The Kenyan won the title in just his third college 10,000. He ran his first at the Pac-12 championships, winning the title in 28:14.63, which was also the second-best among college runners this season. He has already set school records in the mile, 3,000 and 5,000 meters.
He’ll also run in the 5,000 in Eugene on Saturday night.
In other events Thursday, Virginia Tech freshman Tomas Kruzliak won the hammer title with a throw of 227 feet, 3 inches. Arizona State junior Anna Jelmini won the discus with a throw of 190-1. LSU senior Damar Forbes won the long jump with 27-4 3/4.
In the women’s 200 meter semifinals, fellow LSU senior Kimberlyn Duncan ran a wind-aided 22.15, the fourth-fastest NCAA time in all conditions.
“Even though it’s not completely legal, I’ll take it,” Duncan said.
Duncan is wrapping up a stellar college career. Last year she won the Bowerman Award, the nation’s top track and field honor.
Texas freshman Johannes Hock won the decathlon title with 8,267 points.
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