NCAA Track and Field Championships Day One – Results for Local Athletes

Casey Comber Advances to 1500 Meter Finals

The first day results are in the books at the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Austin, Texas. Five athletes from Philly schools, Penn and Villanova competed highlighted by Casey Comber of Villanova who advanced to the final round in the Men’s 1500 Meter run.

Comber turned in a time of 3:4.53 which was the fifth best qualifying time. He will run again on Friday. The fastest time of 3:44.25 was turned in by Wisconsin’s Oliver Hoare. Also running for Villanova was Logan Wetzel who ran the distance in 3:48.41. He finished in 19th place and will not advance.

Colin Daly of the University of Pennsylvania finished the 3000 Meter Steeplechase with a time of 9:22.96. The top qualifier was Steven Fahy of Stanford who covered the distance in 8:41.60. Daly was in 22nd place and had his season come to an end.

Two field athletes from Penn competed in event finals. Sean Clarke turned in a season best height of 5.35 meters and finished in 13th place in the men’s Pole Vault. Marc Minichello placed 17th in the men’s Javelin with a distance of 66.67 meters.

Chris Nilsen of South Dakota won the Pole Vault with a jump of 5.95 meters setting a personal best and established a meet record in the event. Anderson Peters of Mississippi State set a meet record and personal best in the Javelin with a mark of 86.6 meters.

The meet continues Thursday.

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