NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Following a record-setting performance at the NCAA West Preliminary two weeks ago, Cal State Northridge sprinter Carl Horsley's journey continues this week at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
The four days of competition consist of only semifinals and finals as the best 24 student-athletes in each event converge on TrackTown USA for a streamlined, fan-friendly schedule. While the combined events lead off each day's action other than Saturday, the main events are in compact 2-3 hours blocks.
The junior from Oakland, Calif., will be making his NCAA Championships debut this week in both the 100 and 200 meters. Horsley will open his schedule Wednesday at 5:45 p.m. in the semifinals of the 100 meters. The 200 meter semifinal is scheduled for Thursday at 4:15 p.m. Should Horsley advance in both events he will run on all four days of the championships. The 100 final is slated for Friday at 5:10 p.m. while the 200 final will take place Saturday at 2:50 p.m.
The two-time Big West champion (2011, 2013) in both the 100 and 200 meters made quite a splash at the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas two weeks ago.
In the 100 meters, Horsley came into the Preliminary Round ranked 34th in the West Region (68th nationally) but after a blistering school-record 10.23 in the first round he moved up to 16th in the nation heading into the championships this week.
After breaking Joe Criner's 15-year old school record, Horsley then ran 10.48 in the quarterfinal round to finish fifth among the 12 advancing to Eugene out of the West Regional round. Horsley's previous lifetime-best in the 100 prior to Austin was 10.46 in winning the conference championship on May 11.
Mississippi's Isiah Young carries the fastest time (9.99) of the 24 sprinters that will compete in the semifinals on Wednesday. Charles Silmon of TCU, who ran head-to-head with Horsley in Austin, ranks second at 10.03. Silmon ran a wind-aided 9.94 at the Texas Relays, which is the top all-conditions time this season.
In the 200 meters, Horsley ranked 25th in the West Region (42nd nationally) before finishing the first round in eighth-place with another school-record time of 20.73. He then held on to eighth-place in the quarterfinal round with a time of 20.79 to earn one of the 12 spots advancing to Eugene.
With his 200 meter time of 20.73, Horsley not only broke another of Criner's school records, but moved up to 18th in the nation. His previous lifetime-best was 20.89 which came in winning the Big West championship on May 11.
Anaso Jobodwana of Jackson State owns the top collegiate time this season after running 20.13 i the quarterfinal round of the NCAA East Preliminary.
Cal State Northridge last won a national championship in a sprint in 1990 when Kevin Hendrix won the NCAA Division II championship in the 100 meters. Since then, the Matador men have won a pair of national championships in the long jump as DaShalle Andrews won the outdoor championship in 2007 and Reindell Cole won the indoor championship in 2008.
2013 NCAA DIVISION I TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
HISTORIC HAYWARD FIELD, EUGENE, OR
HORSLEY'S EVENT SCHEDULE - All times Pacific
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5
5:45 p.m. - 100 Meters (Semifinal)
THURSDAY, JUNE 6
4:15 p.m. - 200 Meters (Semifinal)
FRIDAY, JUNE 7
5:10 p.m. - 100 Meters (Final)
SATURDAY, JUNE 8
2:50 p.m. - 200 Meters (Final)
Wednesday, June 5
Noon - 8 p.m. - Pac-12 Live Stream
Friday, June 7
12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - Pac-12 Live Stream
4:30 p.m. - 7 p.m. - ESPNU
Saturday, June 8
12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. - Pac-12 Live Stream
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - ESPNU
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