Kansas University track and field juniors Michael Stigler and Lindsay Vollmer both entered day three of the NCAA Championships Friday with individual event titles in reach, but neither could reach the top of the podium.
For the second consecutive year, Stigler finished as the runner-up in the 400-meter hurdles. Stigler was neck-and-neck with Nebraska’s Miles Ukaoma entering the final straight-away, but finished .67 seconds behind the Cornhuskers hurdler with a time of 49.90.
“Things didn’t go the way I wanted them to today, but I need to keep my head up,” Stigler said. “It hurts to come in second two years in a row, so I’m starving for that title now.”
Vollmer looked to repeat as the national champion in the heptathlon, after winning the program’s first individual outdoor title in 2013, but had to withdraw after suffering an injury in her final attempt of the long jump.
The standout heptathlete was in fifth place following the long jump, but was not able to compete in the javelin or the 800-meter run.