Jordan Hamm travelled to Jacksonville, Florida for the East Region of the NCAA First Round last weekend and left with encouraging results. Hamm’s time of 9:25.28 (45th overall) was hardly indicative of his effort, as for nearly 6 laps of his quarter finals in the 3000m steeplechase, Hamm ran with the lead pack at school record pace. Clicking off 70 second laps (8:45 pace) with ease, Hamm seemed poised to move up from 7th place as runners ahead began to tire. However, as the pace entered the backstretch, and with just 9 of the 35 hurdles remaining, Hamm felt and heard a pop as he jammed his ankle coming off a hurdle. That misstep and resulting ankle sprain all but ended his race, as he limped through the final 700m to complete the race. It was a bittersweet ending to a great season for Hamm but an experience that will serve the junior well as he moves forward. After scoring for the first time at the ACC Championships, winning his first ever New England title and setting personal best times, Hamm walked away disappointed about his regional effort but he is convinced that he possesses the talent to compete for a spot in the NCAA finals. We at BC Track & Field are convinced as well, so get back in touch with us in 2012-13 for another great year!
***The NCAA First Round consists of two regions. This past weekend every Division 1 school east of the Mississippi competed in Jacksonville, Florida while every Division 1 school west of the Mississippi competed in Austin, Texas. In each event contested, the top 48 athletes in each region vie for a top-12 position to advance to the NCAA Championship Finals***
For all of the regional results, go to http://www.flashresults.com/2012_Meets/outdoor/05-24-NCAAEast/Day1.htm