NCAA DI Outdoor Track and Field Championships 2013

Locke runs 9.97 over 100m, Berry knocked out early in 400m

Locke runs 9.97 over 100m, Berry knocked out early in 400m

Jun 5, 2013 by Christopher Chavez
Locke runs 9.97 over 100m, Berry knocked out early in 400m
The 2013 NCAA Track and Field Outdoor National Championship started on Wednesday evening with semifinal races. A few early surprises took place in the men's 100-meter and 400-meter dashes. 

Men's 400-Meter Dash
Junior Mike Berry of Oregon headed into the 400-meter semifinals still hungry for an NCAA individual title after running 45.83 in the slower section at the indoor national championship that cost him the win and finished second overall. He was seeded fourth in the first section of the 400-meter dash on Wednesday. 

Berry was in second place as the runners made the turn into the final 100-meters, but quickly slipped into fourth place. He would be watching the next two heats to see if his time of 45.70 would hold up to advance. 

In the final section, Akheem Gauntlett of Arkansas finished third behind senior Bryshon Nellum of USC and freshman Arman Hall of Florida with an identical time of 45.70 to Berry's. Upon further review, Gauntlett advanced to the next round and Berry's season ended earlier than many expected. 

A Razorback runner advancing and a Duck getting knocked out, make a team title shot a lot more difficult for Oregon. Nine of their athletes were considered possible scorers. Gauntlett was seeded at ninth unlike four other athletes seeded in the top four. 
Men's 100-meter dash
Dentarius Locke
 of Florida State wanted to advance to the finals as quick as possible and he did just that by recording the fastest 100-meter time of 2013 in the NCAA. The wind-legal 9.97 is the eighth fastest performance by an athlete at the NCAA National Championship. Charles Silmon of TCU responded with a wind-aided 9.92 in the last section of the 100-meter dash.