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NCAA track and field: Utah State's Hawkins ninth in heptathlon

Published June 13, 2014 9:46 pm

Track and field • Junior from Idaho saves her best performance of the season for NCAA final.
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Eugene, Ore. • Utah State's Chari Hawkins placed ninth in the heptathlon at the NCAA track and field championships on Friday, earning All-America honors for the second straight year.

Hawkins, a junior from Rexburg, Idaho, finished with a season-best 5,552 points. She began the final day of heptathlon competition by tying for eighth place in the long jump (18 feet, 7.25 inches), before finishing 13th in the javelin throw (127-8) and the 800 meters (2 minutes, 24.13 seconds).

Georgia freshman Kendell Williams won the heptathlon with 5,854 points.

Hawkins placed 11th last season.

Arizona's Lawi Lalang wasn't fazed by the hometown fans rooting for rival Edward Cheserek of Oregon during their Hayward Field battle in the 5,000 meters.

"When I hear the crowd really cheering, I believe they're cheering for me," Lalang said, smiling following his victory.

Lalang finished in a meet-record 13 minutes, 18.36 seconds for his eighth NCAA title. Cheserek took the lead on the final lap, but defending champion Lalang pulled back in front on the final 100 meters for the dramatic finish.

Cheserek, the 10,000 winner Wednesday night, finished in 13.18.71.

"When I saw him looking back, I thought, 'I'm going to get this,'" Lalang said about his final determined push.

Lalang, who also will run the 1,500 on Saturday, is the first to win back-to-back titles in the 5K since Wisconsin's Chris Solinsky in 2006-07

Baylor freshman Trayvon Bromell set a world junior record in the 100 in 9.97 on the third day of the event at Oregon's historic Hayward Field.

FSU senior Dentarius Locke was second in the sprint race.

Lalang also won the 5,000 at the Pac-12 championships with a finish of 13:41.44, the best time this season until the season-ending title race. But Cheserek bested Lalang in both the 3K and 5K at the NCAA indoor championships earlier this season.

"It's bad when someone beats you twice," Lalang said.

In the team standings, Oregon's men led with 53 points, followed by Florida with 28.

Pac-12 champion Oregon also tops the team standings on the women's side with 43 points, followed by Texas A&M with 41.