TULSA — Freshman Bryce Robinson claimed sixth in the 60-meter dash, while senior Chris O’Hare snared seventh-place in the mile at the 2013 Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships Friday at the Randal Tyson Track Center.
This marked the first time that TU had two student athletes achieve All-America status at the NCAA Indoor Championships.
Robinson became TU’s first freshman All-American and the Golden Hurricane’s first athlete to garner All-America honors in an indoor sprint event. After a false start which disqualified Virginia Tech’s Darrell Wesh, Robinson shot out of the blocks to achieve a time of 6.69 to earn a sixth-place showing. D”Angelo Cherry of Mississippi State, the 2013 US National Champion in the 60-meter dash, won the event in 6.54 which featured three freshmen.
“It was a cool experience to race some of the best of the best,” Robinson said. “I didn’t have one of my best races, but it will give me motivational to train harder for next year.”
Even though the results will say that that Robinson ran twice at the NCAA championships, the sprinter went to the starting blocks five times as three false starts were called during his two races.
“It’s a mental game with the false starts,” Robinson said. “Coach (Clif) Mitchell told me to calm down and just focus on what I have to do.”
Robinson, who started running track as a senior at Edmond Memorial High School, now turns his attention to the outdoor season.
“Hopefully I’ll have a successful outdoor season,” Robinson stated. “I will try to make nationals in the 100 and 200 meters, that’s my goal, and I’ll try to reach that.”
O’Hare, the collegiate record holder in the indoor mile, started off towards the middle of the pack as Arizona’s Lawi Lalang took a lead. O’Hare made a move surging from seventh place to second straight with three laps to go, but with a lap to go O’Hare slipped from the top of the second pack to seventh, where he would finish the race with a time of 4:02.96. Lalang won the event with a meet record time of 3:54.74, while North Carolina State’s Ryan Hill was second in 3:55.25.