Klump Advances To Finals At NCAA Outdoor Championships
Kathy Klump

June 6, 2012

Day 1 Results

DES MOINES, Iowa – University of Cincinnati student-athlete Kathy Klump set a school record and advanced to the finals of the 800 meters on day one of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.

UC had qualified four student-athletes for the national meet, which is set to run from June 6-9.

Klump, running in the second of three semifinal heats, clocked a personal-best time of 2:03.35, which bests her own UC record mark of 2:04.70, set at the BIG EAST Conference Championships last month. The senior was third after the opening 400 with a split of 59.43 and held on to place fourth in the heat.

It was a waiting game for Klump through the final heat to see if she would earn one of two wildcard spots in the final as only the top two in each heat then the next two best overall times advanced. In the end, her time was better than the third-place finisher in heat three, sending Klump to her second-straight NCAA 800 final. She was a USTFCCCA All-American in the indoor 800 meters. The women’s 800 meter final is set to run at 7:20 p.m. ET on Friday.

Michelle Eby (pole vault) and Emelie Larsson (javelin) each earned 17th-place finishes in their respective events Wednesday.

Eby cleared 4.05m (13-03.50) to place No. 17. The 2012 BIG EAST Conference Outdoor Champion was over the first two bars on her first attempt but failed to clear the third bar at 4.15m (13-07.25) on three tries.

Larsson was also 17th after throwing 44.99m (147-07) in her first NCAA competition. Larsson's third throw was her best as her first toss was 42.51m (139-05) and her second attempt was 42.19m (138-05). She did not advance to the nine-thrower final round.



Heptathlete Jasmine Cotten, who scored a season-high 5,422 points to win the BIG EAST Outdoor Championship and qualify for the NCAA meet opens competition Friday. She also was the league's indoor champion in the pentathlon and a USTFCCCA All-American in the multi-event. Cotten ranks as No. 22 on the seed list for the heptathlon which is scheduled to get underway at 2 p.m. Friday. First-day events are the 100 hurdles, high jump, shot put and 200 meters. The Saturday events, which begin at 4 p.m., consist of the long jump, javelin and 800 meters.

ESPNU will televise Saturday’s action from Noon-2 p.m. The ESPN announcing team is comprised of Trey Bender (play-by-play), Larry Rawson (analyst) and Jill Montgomery (reporter). The entire event will be streamed live through WatchESPN.com.