Tech Returns to Track for Day Two of NCAA Championships

Sophomore Adrian Samsel
Sophomore Adrian Samsel

DELAWARE, Ohio – Tech returned to action at the NCAA Men's and Women's Division III Track and Field Championship on Friday with four successful individual performances. The Cardinal and Grey wrapped up day two in a three-way tie for 29th place.

Junior Ken Cooper (Newport Beach, Calif.) took to the field again today, this time competing in the shot put event. Cooper finished 10th overall with a final distance of 53-03.50, just shy of his personal best. Cooper will return on Saturday to compete in the discus throw, where he is seeded 13th.

Resuming competition in the decathlon, sophomore Adrian Samsel (Whippany, N.J.) got Friday started with a third place finish in the 110-meter hurdles. Crossing the line in 15.15, Samsel cut 0.12 seconds off his personal best time recorded at the New England Division III Championship. In the discus throw, Samsel was just four inches short of his personal best distance, clearing 93-11.

Adding a 17th place finish in the pole vault portion on the decathlon, Samsel vaulted 12-05.50 to best his previous personal record of 12-03.50, from the New England Division III Championship. Earning 366 points, Samsel cleared 113-11 in the javelin throw. In the final event of the decathlon, Samsel was again victorious, winning the 1500-meter run in a time of 4:28.20, edging out the runner-up by just 0.09 seconds. His time was a personal record by more than three seconds and added 756 points to his total.

Moving up from his 14th seed, Samsel finished 10th overall in the decathlon with 6549 points, just one point in front of 11th place. Samsel was the highest placing underclassman finishing behind a strong field of nine juniors and seniors.

Narrowly missing out on qualifying for the finals on Saturday, sophomore States Lee (Charlotte, N.C) finished 10th in the 400-meter run with a time of 48.16. Moving up from his 17th entry seed, junior Harrison Hunter (Northampton, Mass.) crossed the line 10th in the 800-meter run in 1:51.65. Hunter was just 0.01 off of his personal record set earlier this season.

The third and final day of competition begins on Saturday at 12:00 pm with action by sophomore Carrington Motley (Pittsburgh, Pa.) in the triple jump, Cooper in the discus, and the finals of the 4x400 relay.