LaRue, Men's 4x400 Relay Ready For NCAA Track & Field Championships
June 8, 2010
WINSTON-SALEM, NC - The Wake Forest track & field team will have four representatives at this week's NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Seniors Brent LaRue, Jon Reid, Tyler Dodds and junior Allan Lunkenheimer will all be vying for the Deacons' fourth individual outdoor national title.
LaRue, who is making his second appearance at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, will get the action started Wednesday evening in the semifinals of the men's 400m hurdles. The Kernersville, NC, native earned his trip to Eugene by winning his heat of the quarterfinals in a school-record time of 50.29. That was the second time this season that LaRue has broken the 400m hurdles school record.
The semifinals of the men's 4x400m relay is then set for Thursday evening at 6:45 pm PST. This will be the second time that LaRue and Reid have competed in the NCAA Championships as a member of the 4x400m relay squad. LaRue ran as a freshman in 2006 and Reid also ran as a freshman in 2007. Dodds and Lunkenheimer will be making their first NCAA Championship appearances.
The team qualified for the NCAA Quarterfinals by finishing second at the Auburn Tiger Classic back in April with a time of 3:08.48. Then in the quarterfinals on May 29, in Greensboro, the quartet ran a season-best 3:06.81 and gabbed one of the 12 qualifying spots.
The semifinals of the men's 400m hurdles will begin at 6:45 pm PST on Wednesday evening. The top two finishers in each of the three heats will advance to the finals along with the next two fastest times. The format is also the same for the semifinals of the 4x400m relay. The finals of the 400m hurdles is set for Friday evening at 5:05 pm PST and the finals of the 4x400m relay will be on Saturday at 11:50 am PST.
CBS will televise the final two hours of the meet live from 10 am to noon PST on Saturday. CBS College Sports will have a live broadcast window on Friday evening from 5-7 pm PST. In addition, other than when CBS/CBS College Sports is on the air, there will be a live web cast of the championships available at www.NCAA.com. Live results of the entire meet will also be available on www.NCAA.com.
Wake Forest has three individual outdoor national titles and four individual titles overall. Olympian Andy Bloom won both the shot put and discus national championships in 1996 and Michelle Sikes claimed the women's outdoor 5,000m national title in 2007. Last season, Michael Bingham won the men's indoor 400m national championship and then finished second in the outdoor race. In all, the Deacons have 19 outdoor All-Americans that have earned All-American honors a total of 33 times.