Sophomore Robby Andrews claimed his second NCAA title in the 800m Friday night at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Drake University. Andrews, the 2010 NCAA Indoor Champion in the 800m, won the title in a personal-best time of 1:44.71, edging UC Irvine’s Charles Jock by four-hundredths of a second for top honors (1:44.75).
“This is probably the biggest win of my career so far,” Andrews said. “With the indoor win in 2010, the way I look at it is anyone can win one, but can you win two? I didn’t even come close last year; Andy [Wheating] won by over a second. So for me to come back from an injury and win here against such a tremendous field, nothing can top that.”
Andrews’ finish set a new Drake Stadium record, replacing Duane Solomon’s time of 1:45.23 from June 25, 2010. It was also one-hundredth of a second shy of Mark Everett’s (Florida) meet record of 1:44.70 from June 1, 1990.
“It was all guts,” Andrews said. “I just ran my heart out. I didn’t come here to lose. I have so much respect for these athletes in the final, but I did not come here to lose.”