June 11, 2011
DES MOINES, Iowa - Temple's Travis Mahoney and Richmond's Amy Van Alstine became the second student-athletes from their respective schools to earn All-America honors at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships as day three of competition came to a close Friday at Drake University.
Mahoney earned Second Team All-America honors for Temple placing 11th in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase on Friday night. Mahoney ran a time of 8:52.54 in the finals of the event, and joins teammate Bob Keogh, also Second Team All-America, as the first two All-Americans on the team since 1994.
Van Alstine broke the school record in the women's 5,000-meter crossing the finish line in a time of 16:06.15 to finish 14th and earn Second Team All-America honors.
Spider teammate and fellow senior Matt Llano was 18th in the men's 10,000-meter on Friday night, a race that was postponed due to weather on Thursday night. Llano posted a time of 29:57.21
Junior Jake Deaton finished 18th in the men's shot put on Friday for the Charlotte men's track and field team, to close out the Niners' 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Deaton, who placed 18th in the discus throw on Wednesday, duplicated the effort on Friday in Des Moines. The Mooresville, N.C., native tossed a mark of 55-09 (16.99m). Deaton closed out his season, putting up one of the strongest throwing campaigns in Charlotte track and field history. He finished his junior outdoor season as the school-record owner in the shot put and discus and won both events at the Atlantic 10 Championships.
University of Rhode Island senior Crystal Bourque finished 16th in the women's hammer throw establishing a mark of 186-09 (56.94m), while University of Dayton senior thrower Mallory Barnes finished her collegiate career on Friday with an 18th place finish in the same event.
Barnes had a mark of 185-04 (56.49m), topping her 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championship mark of 180-00. Earlier this season, she set a school record in the hammer throw with a distance of 196-03 at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Preliminaries.
With Barnes' performance on Friday, the 2011 track and field season has now concluded for the Flyers. It is the second consecutive season that the Flyers have had a Top 20 finish in the hammer throw.
The fourth and final day of competition at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships continues on Saturday, June 11 as Richmond's Nicol Traynor will be the last A-10 student-athlete to be in action on the championships final day.
A-10 Student-Athlete Results for NCAA Championships - Des Moines, Iowa - June 8-11, 2011
Jake Deaton - men's discus - 18th, 174-01 (53.06m); men's shot put - 18th, 55-09 (16.99m)
Darius Law - men's 400m dash - 22nd, 46.27
Keara Thomas - women's 3K steeplechase - 20th, 10:30.15
Mallory Barnes - women's hammer throw - 18th, 185-04 (56.49m)
Crystal Bourque - women's hammer throw - 16th, 186-09 (56.94m)
Andrew Benford - men's 3K steeplechase - 15th, 8:50.11 - Second Team All-American
Matt Llano - men's 10K - 18th, 29:57.21
Heather Roush - women's javelin - 14th, 152-09 (46.56m) - Second Team All-American
Nicol Traynor - women's 3K steeplechase - Q, 10:02.94; Finals (Saturday)
Amy Van Alstine - women's 5K - 14th, 16:06.15 - Second Team All-American
Robert Keogh - men's hammer throw - 13th, 208-10 (63.66m) - Second Team All-American
Travis Mahoney - men's 3K steeplechase - Q, 8:47.31; Finals - 11th, 8:52.54 - Second Team All-American
Q denotes qualified for the event finals