Evans Finishes Seventh in Discus at National Championships
June 6, 2012
LEXINGTON, Ky. – Kentucky sophomore thrower Andrew Evans saved his best for last, finishing seventh Wednesday in the discus with a career-best mark of 193-03/58.91m at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships held at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. Evans’ mark is the sixth-best in program history.
Facing the best of the best, Evans rose to the occasion, throwing a career-best mark of 193-03/58.91m to finish seventh in the event and earn the Wildcats’ men’s team two points. Evans’ career-best throw was on his second attempt of the day, and only adds to his already fantastic season.
A native of Portage, Mich., Evans won the discus at the Southeastern Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, earning All-SEC First Team honors in the process. Kentucky has won the men’s discus title at the SEC Championships in each of the last five years now.
Evans was UK’s only competitor at the national championships Wednesday. Freshman thrower Raymond Dykstra and junior distance runner Luis Orta will compete Thursday at Drake Stadium. Dykstra will compete in the javelin, while Orta will run in the 3,000m steeplechase.
Dykstra, a Second Team All-SEC performer and All-SEC Freshman Team selection in the javelin, qualified for the championships with a mark of 222-09/67.91m. Dykstra, like Evans, finished eighth at the east preliminary.
Orta, who was a Second Team All-SEC performer in the 3,000m steeplechase, qualified for the championships behind a career-best time of 8:44.25, which is the second-fastest 3,000m steeplechase recorded in Kentucky history.
Dykstra will throw Thursday at 3:30 p.m. ET and Orta will run in the semifinals of the 3,000m steeplechase on Thursday at 8:25 p.m.
There are 24 participants in the semifinals of the 3,000m steeplechase. The top-five finishers in each of the race’s two heats will advance to the finals, along with each of the next four fastest times. The finals of the steeplechase will be Saturday at 12:52 p.m.
A complete list of which Kentucky student-athletes that are scheduled to compete in what events and at what times is listed below. All student-athletes and start times are subject to change. All times listed are eastern. Live results of the meet will be available each day at UKathletics.com, via Flash Results, Inc.
ESPNU will air live coverage of the meet Saturday beginning at 2:00 p.m. ESPN3.com will stream the championships live on June 7-9. ESPNU will air a tape-delayed package of the final rounds of the meet on June 16 at 2:00 p.m.
For all Kentucky track and field news and information, including a recap and results from day two of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships, follow the Wildcats on Twitter at “KentuckyTrack” and go to UKathletics.com.
NCAA Outdoor National Championships
Drake Stadium – Des Moines, Iowa
June 6-9, 2012
1. Texas - 17 points
2. Nebraska - 13 points
3. LSU - 11 points
T16. KENTUCKY - 2 points
Kentucky Individual Point Scorers
Andrew Evans – 2 points (7th – Discus)
7. Andrew Evans – 193-03/58.91m
Men’s Javelin – 3:30 p.m.
Men’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase (Semifinals) – 8:25 p.m.
Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase (Finals) – 12:52 p.m.
* = Pending qualification for finals