Moore's Impressive Season Ends At NCAA Championships
June 8, 2006
FRESNO, Calif.- Junior Ryan Moore (Visalia, Calif.) was unable to advance out of the preliminary round of the 400-meter hurdles on Thursday night at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif., capping an impressive 2006 campaign.
Making his NCAA Championships debut, Moore clocked in at 51.71 to finish 22nd overall and fourth in his heat. The top-16 athletes (top two from each heat and six next-best times) advanced to Friday's semifinals.
Moore qualified for the NCAA Championships field after recording the best performance of his career two weeks ago. On May 27 at NCAA Regionals in Provo, Utah, Moore notched a personal-best and school record mark of 50.51 to place third overall. That same time would have ranked fifth overall during Wednesday's preliminary round, which was led by Auburn's Rueben McCoy at 49.77.
Prior to that performance, Moore captured his second straight WAC title when he ran 51.41 at the WAC Outdoor Championships in Honolulu, Hi., on May 13. Moore, a three-time Academic All-WAC honoree, has also qualified for NCAA Regionals in each of his first three seasons.
Junior Mallory Webb (Dundee, Ore.) is the only Bulldog remaining in the competition, as she will participate in the national javelin final on Friday at 1:15 p.m.
Webb placed ninth overall during Wednesday's javelin qualifying session with a throw of 158-3 (48.23m). The top-12 competitors from Wednesday's round advanced to the national final.
Webb has an opportunity to earn All-America honors for the second time in her career. In 2004 as a freshman, she became Fresno State's first All-American since 1999. Webb will need to finish among the top-8 American athletes to be granted All-America recognition.