Wednesday marked day one of the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, where the IU track and field teams found themselves up against the top competition in the country.
The Hoosiers took eight qualifiers between the men’s and women’s teams to the championships, with five of them competing on day one. However, on a day full of trial races, none of them were able to advance to the finals.
Leading the way was the only Hoosier not competing in trials, sophomore Adam Coulon in the men’s pole vault.
The pole vault finals took place Wednesday and Coulon gave one of the best performances of his career with a ninth-place finish, securing second team All-American honors. His mark of 5.45 meters was a personal best and fourth-best in IU program history.
In the trial races, senior Daniel Kuhn was the closest to moving on with a ninth-place finish in the men’s 800-meter run with a time of 1:48.25. With only the top eight finishers moving on to the finals, Kuhn was just one spot away from advancing, despite still securing second team All-American honors.
It marked the last race of the Shelbyville, Indiana, native’s career as a Hoosier. He finished as IU’s record-holder in the 800 and 600-meter runs.
Sophomore Cooper Williams was just behind Kuhn in the 800-meter race, finishing 13th with a time of 1:48.81. He too earned a spot on the second team All-American squad.
The Hoosiers had one other participant earn second team All-American honors in the men’s 110-meter hurdles. Sophomore William Session finished 16th overall with a time of 13.90.
Meanwhile, junior Joe Murphy competed in the men’s 1500-meter race and finished 20th overall with a time of 3:51.14.
The NCAA Championships will continue Thursday, as IU will have one competitor on day two.
Junior Maggie Allen will be competing in the women’s 10,000-meter race.