BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The biggest week in collegiate track and field has arrived, the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon. The four-day meet will begin on Wednesday, June 6 and continue through Friday, June 8. There will be a total of eight Hoosiers wearing their candy-stripes, representing Indiana University at Historic Hayward Field.
The men’s team will feature returning qualifiers William Session and Daniel Kuhn and first-time NCAA competitors’ Cooper Williams, Joe Murphy, Ben Veatch, and Adam Coulon. The women’s team will feature retuning medalist Katherine Receveur and first-time NCAA competitor Maggie Allen.
Session will be the first Hoosier to compete in the Championships in the 110m hurdles semifinals on Wednesday at 8:32 pm ET, first heat. Session automatically qualified after taking second in the first heat of the quarterfinals with the time of 13.75. The sophomore ran a lifetime best of 13.57 at the Big Ten Championships where he took silver. He looks to improve on his 19th place finish from the 2017 NCAA Championships.
School record holder Daniel Kuhn returns to the Championships in the 800m for the first time since 2016. Kuhn broke the school record at the Big Ten Championships when he took silver with the time of 1:46.06 (.052). Teammate Cooper Williams finished a fraction of a second behind Kuhn, running the second fastest time in school history and taking the bronze with the time of 1:46.06 (.053). The men’s 800m semifinals will take place on Wednesday at 9:14 pm ET with Williams in the second heat and Kuhn in the third heat.
Redshirt junior Joe Murphy earned his first trip to the Championships after automatically qualifying in the 1500m when he took third in the first heat of the quarterfinals with the time of 3:43.79. Murphy’s lifetime best in the 1500 is 3:42.68, which he ran at the Cardinal Classic in April. The men’s 1500m semifinals are scheduled for 7:46 pm ET on Wednesday, Murphy is in the first heat.
Sophomore Adam Coulon nabbed his first trip to Eugene when he set an outdoor personal record of 5.35m (17′ 6.5″) at the NCAA East Preliminaries in Tampa, Fla. two weekends ago. Coulon is the first Hoosier to advanced to Championships since Terry Batemon in 2015. Batemon finished 20th overall, earning honorable mention. Men’s pole vault will start at 8:00 pm ET on Wednesday night.
Junior Maggie Allen will make her NCAA Championships debut Thursday night and will be the only Hoosier competing on day two. Allen advanced to the Championships in the 10,000m after taking fourth at the NCAA East Preliminaries with a season-best time of 34:00.89. The race is scheduled to start at 9:38 pm ET.
The third day of competition will feature redshirt sophomore Ben Veatch in the 5000m, which he qualified for after taking third at the NCAA East Preliminaries with the time of 13:55.35. Veatch ran his lifetime best of 13:50.49 at the Stanford Invitational. The 5000m is scheduled to start at 10:35 pm ET.
The finals for the men’s 110m hurdles (9:12 pm ET), 800m (9:44 pm ET), and 1500m (8:42 pm ET) will also take place on Friday.
Six-time All-American and school record holder Katherine Receveur will close out the Championships for the Hoosiers in the 5000m. Receveur advanced to the Championships after taking fifth in the NCAA East Preliminaries with the time of 16:16.99. The Louisville, Ky. native broke her own school record at the Stanford Invitational with the time of 15:43.26. She looks to improve on her third place finish from the 2017 NCAA Championships.
The top-eight finishers in each event will earn All-American honors. Second-team All-American honors will be awarded to athletes placing ninth through 16th, the remainder of the athletes in each event will earn honorable mention.