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News and Notes, Volume 12, Number 9

NCAA Champions Crowned
At the NCAA Division I championships in Nampa, Idaho, both the Florida men and the Oregon women claimed their third consecutive indoor national title.

Florida’s victory was due to the efforts of three individual champions. Omar Craddoc took first in the triple jump in 16.75m/54-11.50, Jeff Demps won the 60m in 6.56 and 2011 World Championships team member Tony McQuay set a track record of 45.77 to win the 400m. Florida won with 52 points, over runner-up Arkansas’s 47 points.

Oregon’s women’s squad picked up wins from English Gardner who won the 60m in 7.12 and Brianne Theisen who won her third straight pentathlon title to amass 49 points to win with a comfortable margin over second place Kansas’ 30 points.

Other highlights included Duke’s Curtis Beach who won the heptathlon and closed with a world record in the heptathlon 1,000m at 2:23.63. Chris O’Hare of Tulsa lead from the start to win the men’s mile in 4:01.66. Christina Manning of Ohio State ran the fifth-fastest time in NCAA history to win the 60m hurdles in 7.91. Georgetown’s Emily Infeld won the 3,000m in dramatic fashion as she came from behind to win in 9:15.44.

At the NCAA Division II championships in Mankato, Minn., Grand Canyon University’s men won the national title in only its second year as a program. GCU finished with 54 points over Adams State’s 47 points. On the women’s side, Grand Valley State won their second consecutive indoor team title and dominated the point standings with 94 points over Adams State’s 51.  

The men of North Central College claimed their third consecutive indoor title with 48 points over Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s 37 at the NCAA Division III championships in Grinnell, Iowa. Also of note is David Pless of Bates who set a meet record of 18.45m/60-6.50 to win the men’s shot put. For the women, Wartburg once again claimed top honors after winning the title in 2009 and 2010. Wartburg won with points to spare with 99 points over Wisconsin-Oshkosh’s 48 points.

Dan O’Brien guest of First Lady Michelle Obama
1996 Olympic decathlon gold medalist Dan O’Brien will take part in an Olympics-themed event in Washington, DC Tuesday spotlighting First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign and the United Kingdom’s upcoming role as host to the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. 

The First Lady and Mrs. Samantha Cameron, British Prime Minister David Cameron’s wife,  will take in the afternoon’s Olympics-themed event with fifth graders from MacFarland Middle School in Washington, D.C.; Manor View Elementary School in Maryland, and Arlington Science Focus School in Virginia who have been invited to participate.

Activities for the "mini-Olympics competition" will be led by Olympians and Paralympians, including Dominique Dawes, co-chair of the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition; Kortney Clemons, April Holmes, Lisa Leslie, Lori Ann Lindsey, Dan O’Brien, Becky Sauerbrunn and David Wagner.

Students will participate in various Olympic sport competitions and enjoy a medal ceremony at the conclusion of the event.

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