June 10, 2008
DES MOINES, Iowa - Dominic Berger of the University of Maryland will make his third straight appearance at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday in the first round of the men's 110-meter hurdles.
The event is part of the four-day NCAA Nationals, being hosted by Drake University. Field-event and track-event qualifying begins on Wednesday, with the meet wrapping up on Saturday afternoon.
Berger, a Terrapin senior from Mitchellville, Md., has appeared in each of the last two nationals in the hurdles. He finished second as a sophomore in 2006, running a time of 13.49 seconds that stands as his career-best.
The mark ranks second all-time at Maryland to Hall of Famer Renaldo Nehemiah, who still owns the collegiate record at 13.00 seconds.
He earned a spot in the outdoor nationals last year, but false-started in his qualifying heat and was out of the competition.
Berger is a three-time All-American at Maryland, having also earned All-America status twice indoors in the 60-meter hurdles. Student-athletes who finish in the top eight at the NCAA Championships earn All-America status.
His best performance of 2008 came in a qualifying heat two weeks ago at the NCAA East Regionals. Berger ran 13.72 in a heat and ended up in fifth place in the East Regional final, earning an automatic-qualifying berth to nationals.
The first rounds of the men's 110-meter hurdles will be run at 5:50 ET on Thursday at historic Drake Stadium. Berger is ranked 19th among the 26 student-athletes entered in the event.
Jason Richardson of South Carolina is the top seed after winning the East Regional title. His best time of the season was 13.21 seconds. Ty Akins of Auburn (13.30) and freshman Ronnie Ash of Bethune-Cookman (13.44) round out the top three.
Semifinals will be run at 9:05 ET on Friday, with the final on Saturday scheduled just after 5 p.m. ET.
Friday's events will be telecast live on CBS College Sports Network between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. ET, with Saturday's finals live on CBS from 4 to 6 p.m. ET.