June 9, 2011

DES MOINES, Iowa - More drama on the second day of the NCAA Championships for the Aggies included two hurdlers falling in the semifinal of the 100 hurdles while Emalie Humphreys scored in the javelin with a fifth-place finish.

For the Texas A&M men Wayne Davis II advanced to the finals of the 200 and 110 hurdles, respectively.

In the heptathlon, Daphne Fitzpatrick is currently in fifth place through the first day of the seven-event competition. Fitzpatrick's current score is 3,371 points.

As the Thursday session was nearing completion, right before A&M was set to run in the third heat of the women's 4 x 400, a lightning delay cleared the stadium. Earlier in the morning the Des Moines area was greeted by a hailstorm. Then rain and lightning delayed the start of the decathlon and heptathlon by a couple of hours.

With the evening delay lasting past 10 p.m. the NCAA officials decided to suspend the remaining events. An updated schedule will be available by 8 a.m. on NCAA.com.

The Aggies were also going to run the men's 4 x 400 semifinals on Thursday evening prior to the delays.

This was the fourth time Humphreys qualified for the NCAA Championship field, but the first time she scored points in the final. Her fifth place effort of 164-10 (50.26) scored A&M's first four points of the meet.

"This is something I've wanted for four years," exclaimed Humphreys, whose younger brother Sam placed third in the men's javelin on Wednesday. "Last year I came up short and this time I busted my best throw on my first attempt."

As a freshman Humphreys placed 16th and then finished 18th as a sophomore. Last year in Eugene Humphreys placed 19th.

"I'm glad I was able to score for the team since I know it's going to be tight this year," noted Humphreys. "The fact that I was able to put points on the board really, really makes me happy.

"I'm so blessed to be on the team that I'm on. I love all of my teammates, from the throwers I spend most of my time with, to the sprinters and the distance runners. This is something I've wanted and I've worked hard for. To accomplish it in my senior year, I'm over the moon."

Humphreys threw her best mark in the first round amid the first flight of 12 throwers. She then turned in marks of 151-2 and 162-0 in the next couple of rounds. Once they were in the final three rounds Humphreys had a foul followed by tosses of 156-2 and 147-11. Laura Asimakis matched her 12th place finish from 2009 with a 156-6 (47.71).

"When I woke up this morning we were having a hail storm," said Humphreys. "I thought if I can throw in Eugene with it started and stopped raining 12 times during the event, then I can throw in anything. Good throwers know how to throw in anything."

Reid ended his long jump career as an Aggie with a leap of 26-0.75 (7.96) in the sixth round to place sixth and score three points for A&M. Teammates Melvin Echard (25-0) and Tyron Stewart (24-7.25) placed 15th and 17th, respectively.

All three jumpers will compete in the triple jump on Saturday.

The fourth round of the long jump produced some huge efforts. Florida State's Ngonidzashe Makusha reached a distance of 27-6.75 (8.40) to take over the lead. Will Claye of Florida followed with a 26-11 (8.20), but was passed by LSU's Damar Forbes with a 27-0 (8.23) leap.

Defending champion Marquise Goodwin, in fourth place with a fifth round 26-9.25 (8.16) was about to make his final round attempt when the weather delay was called.

"The top three jumpers are right at or over 27 feet, which shows the caliber of the field," said Reid. "Everyone got their gears going in the fourth round. That motivated me for my last two attempts."

Reid earned a bronze medal as a freshman in 2008 and finished fourth in 2009. After dealing with an injury as a junior, Reid finished 15th in the NCAA long jump.

"To score points for A&M is a big deal for me and I'm satisfied I was able to tonight," added Reid, who has scored 14 points in the NCAA Outdoor long jump during his Aggie career.

Fitzpatrick started her day in the heptathlon with a weather delay. Once underway Fitzpatrick ran 14.22 in the 100 hurdles, cleared 5-7.75 (1.72) in the high jump and threw the shot put 38-8.75 (11.80). Then she completed the day with a 24.89 in the 200 meters.

Kansas State's Ryann Krais leads the field with a score of 3,585 points with Texas Relays champion Chelsea Carrier of West Virginia in second with 3,551 points. Big 12 champion Chantae McMillan of Nebraska did not clear a height in the high jump and will not finish the multi-event.

Jeneba Tarmoh sped to a winning time of 23.00 in her heat of the 200 to make the final a night after a false start knocked her out of the 100 meters. Ashley Collier (23.66) and Dominique Duncan (23.70) were unable to make the 200 final.

Finishing behind Tarmoh in the final heat of three was USC's Jessica Davis (23.06) while Duncan placed fifth in the same race. LSU's Kimberlynn Duncan led qualifiers with a 22.39 collegiate leading time in heat one over Baylor's Tiffany Townsend (22.77).

Aareon Payne of USC won heat two in 22.97 with Oklahoma's Candyce McGrone (23.00) in second and LSU's Semoy Hackett (23.03) third. Collier placed sixth in the heat.

Tran Howell advanced to the final of the men's 200 with a third place finish in heat one with a 20.63 clocking. LSU's Horatio Williams won the heat in 20.44 with LaShawn Butler of Arkansas runner-up in 20.54.

Prezel Hardy, Jr. placed fifth in the final heat with a 20.87 and did not advance. Oklahoma's Mookie Salaam won the heat in 20.29 to lead qualifiers.

Wayne Davis II faced a stern test in the opening heat of the men's 110 hurdles and passed into the final with a fourth-place time of 13.54.

"Going into my practice for this race I felt good," said Davis. "I'm still getting into the groove of running well on these hurdles. I thought I would be able to make the finals."

Texas Tech's Omo Osaghae won the heat in 13.32, the top qualifying time while Illinois Andrew Riley claimed second in 13.37. Qualifying to the final on time was LSU's Barrett Nugent in 13.48 as well as Davis.

"My start was really good, but as I got over first hurdle I stumbled," explained Davis. "I tried to keep my momentum the rest of the race. I loved the start, but I just need to keep the momentum through the rest of the race to be able to run faster."

"I feel like I haven't reached my ultimate talent this year. I know if I can focus in a little more the times will come. Just about anybody can win the final. I hope everyone does their best and we can all run fast times."

Joining the eight-person final were Big 12 rivals Keiron Stewart of Texas (13.44) and Jeffrey Julmis of Kansas State (13.50) along with Terence Somerville of Cincinnati (13.53) and USC's Brendan Ames (13.54).

Gabby Mayo ran in the first heat of the women's 100 hurdles and crashed to the track late in the race. Natasha Ruddock, running in the final heat, went down just past the halfway point of the race.