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Thomson scores first points for Kentucky at NCAA track championships

Oregon’s Edward Cheserek, left, led the pack of runners during the men’s 10,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Wednesday. Cheserek went on to win the race. Jacob Thomson, second from right, wound up sixth to claim three points for Kentucky.
Oregon’s Edward Cheserek, left, led the pack of runners during the men’s 10,000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., on Wednesday. Cheserek went on to win the race. Jacob Thomson, second from right, wound up sixth to claim three points for Kentucky. AP

Kentucky’s Jacob Thomson placed sixth in the finals of the 10,000-meter race at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., late Wednesday night.

Thomson, a sophomore from Louisville who won the 5,000- and 10,000-meter races at last month’s Southeastern Conference championships, posted a time of 29 minutes, 13.73 seconds on Wednesday night to score his first career points at an NCAA meet.

Edward Cheserek of Oregon won the event in 29:09.57.

Through six of 21 men’s events, Kentucky is in 28th place with Thomson’s three points. Oregon leads with 19.

Also Wednesday, Kentucky’s Nick Anderson advance to Friday’s finals in the 110-meter hurdles by finishing second in his heat with a time of 13.67 seconds.

Kentucky’s Tim Duckworth and Cameron Short were ninth and 10th after day one of the decathlon with respective scores of 4,013 and 3,985.

Fred Dorsey placed 12th in the long jump with a mark of 24 feet, 6.25 inches. He did not score.

Points are scored at the NCAA championships by finishing in the top eight of each event. The points are awarded on a 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis with 10 going to the winner and one point to eighth place.

Thursday outlook

Thursday’s action will feature Duckworth and Short in the decathlon, and then the Kentucky women’s team, which enters the NCAA championships ranked No. 2 in the United States Track and Field and cross Country Coaches Association rankings.

UK’s women qualified 17 entries to the meet, the second most of any team.

Points are available to Kentucky on Thursday in the men’s decathlon, and women’s hammer throw, pole vault and javelin. Additionally, Kentucky will have 13 entries in running-event semifinals.

The broadcast information

The NCAA championships are being broadcast on the ESPN family of networks.

Thursday, the meet will be shown from 7:30-8:30 p.m. on ESPNU and 8:30-11 p.m. on ESPN.

Friday’s men’s finals will be broadcast from 8:30-11 p.m. on ESPN.

Saturday’s women’s finals will air from 6:30-9 p.m. on ESPN.

Events are also available online on ESPN3.com and the WatchESPN app.

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