Track and Field Completes Day One of the NCAA Outdoor Championships

Chinwe Okoro placed ninth overall in the women's discus.

Chinwe Okoro placed ninth overall in the women's discus.

June 8, 2011


DES MOINES, Iowa - The University of Louisville track and field teams completed day one at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Wednesday at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

Senior Chinwe Okoro, competing in the women's discus throw, placed sixth in her heat with a toss of 52.90m/173-6, advancing to the finals of the event. Okoro was unable to improve her mark and took ninth overall to earn USTFCCCA second team All-America honors.

Senior Matt Hughes continued his dominance in the men's 3,000m steeplechase by taking first in his heat with the fastest overall time in the event.

Hughes, who currently holds the fastest collegiate time in the event at 8:35.74, had a quick start to begin the race and quickly set the tone. The senior led the pack the entire way, cruising to the victory and placing first overall with a time of 8:40.04.

With the win, and by placing in the top 14 overall, Hughes has the opportunity to defend his national title on Friday at 8:30 p.m. ET.

Louisville returns to action on Thursday at the NCAA Outdoor Championships at 6:30 p.m. ET, with Rachel Gehret competing in the women's high jump final. Later in the day, at 10:50 p.m. ET, Michael Eaton is set to run in the men's 10,000m final. Eaton earned All-America honors in the event in 2008.

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Men's 3,000m Steeplechase Semifinal
1. Matt Hughes - 8:40.04



Women's Discus Final
9. Chinwe Okoro - 52.90m/173-6

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