NCAA track and field: Ten teams send runners to championships
On Friday, the Pac-12 saw a heap of athletes advance to the NCAA track and field championships in Eugene, Ore. in the field events. On Saturday there were even more athletes that advanced on the running side in the NCAA west preliminary at the University of Texas in Austin.
Oregon dominated on the final day of the west preliminary on Saturday with roughly two dozen Ducks advancing to the championships. On the women's side, the 4x100 meter relay team consisting of Phyllis Francis, English Gardner, Jenna Prandini and Chizoba Okodogbe advanced after placing third with a time of 44.31 seconds. In the 1500 meter run, Anne Kesselring advanced with a time of 4:13.90 to earn a third-place finish along with Becca Friday whose time of 4:19.30 was good enough for eighth place. In the 200 meter dash, English Gardner advanced with a time of 23.34 seconds and a sixth-place finish. In the 5000 meter run, Jordan Hasay dominated and advanced with a second-place finish and a time of 16:00.84. And in the 4x400 meter relay, Oregon's team of Chizoba Okodogbe, Annie Leblanc, Laura Roesler and Phyllis Francis advanced after placing sixth with a time of 3:32.36.
[Related: Full NCAA west preliminary results]
On the men's side, the 4x100 team consisting of Dior Mathis, Arthur Delaney, B.J. Kelley and De'Anthony Thomas advanced with a tenth-place finish and a time of 39.96 seconds. In the 1500 meter run, Oregon advanced three men with Patrick Todd placing fourth with a time of 3:49.33, Mac Fleet placing seventh with a time of 3:45.08 and Chad Noelle placing ninth with a time of 3:45.43. In the men's 100 meter hurdles, Johnathan Cabral advanced after a placing second with a time of 13.47 seconds. And the 4x400 meter relay team of Jack Galpin, Arthur Delaney, Kevin Anding and Mike Berry advanced with a fourth-place finish at 3:04.16.
The Women of Troy made a mark advancing in four events. The 4x100 meter relay team of Loudia Laarman, Melia Cox, Jenna Puterbaugh and Vanessa Jones placed fifth with a time of 44.38 seconds. Lauren Blackburn and Melia Cox advanced in the 100 meter hurdles with places of ninth and twelfth and times of 13.35 seconds and 13.40 seconds, respectively. Akawkaw Ndipagbor also advanced with a twelfth-place finish at 23.66 seconds in the 200 meter dash. And another relay team, the 4x400 with Akawkaw Ndipagbor, Vanessa Jones, Jenna Puterbaugh and Ashley Liverpool, advanced after placing seventh with a time of 3:32.31.
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The men's team advanced three runners, including Aleec Harris in the 100 meter hurdles (seventh place, 13.67 seconds) and Aaron Brown (third place, 20.47 seconds), while Bryshon Nellum (fifth place, 20.58 seconds) qualified in the 200 meter dash.
Washington's Megan Goethals dominated the 5000 meter event, placing first with a time of 15:55.91. Seventh-place finisher Christine Babcock also advanced with a time of 16:08.17. As for the men, two runners qualified for Eugene. Chris Williams placed eighth in the 100 meter hurdles at 13.82 seconds and James Alaka placed twelfth in the 200 meter dash at 21.08 seconds. The 4x100 meter team of Chris Williams, James Alaka, Quadelle Satterwhite and Matt Anthony also narrowly advanced with a twelfth-place finishing time of 40.03 seconds.
Stanford advanced three individual women, the women's 4x100 relay team and two men. The 4x100 squad with Carissa Levingston, Justine Fedronic, Amy Weissenbach and Kori Carter placed eighth with a time of 3:32.65. Additonally, Kori Carter placed seventh in the 100 meter hurdles (13.16 seconds), while in the 5000 meter run Aisling Cuffe placed sixth (16:15.53) and Jessica Tonn placed eighth (16:21.21). On the men's side, Tyler Stutzman placed eighth in the 1500 meter event (3:49.80) and Erik Olson placed twelfth in the 5000 meter run (13:53.68).
Arizona State advanced two relay teams and two individual runners. Shelby Houlihan placed fourth and qualified in the women's 1500 meter run (4:18.17), while Cameron Taylor placed twelfth and advanced in the 100 meter hurdles (13.87 seconds). Also, the men's 4x100 meter relay team of Devan Spann, William Henry, Chris Burrows and Ryan Milus (fifth place, 39.75 seconds) and the women's 4x400 meter relay team of Sarah Geren, Alycia Herring, Keia Pinnick and Brianna Tate (ninth place, 3:33.59) advanced.
Arizona's Lawi Lalang dominated the competition and took first place in the men's 5000 meter run to advance with a stadium-record time of 13:41.87. Arizona also saw both women's relay teams advance. First, the 4x100 squad of Traci Hicks, Shapri Romero, Tamara Pridgett and Germe Poston (ninth place, 44.75 seconds)
advanced and then the 4x400 team of Shapri Romero, Tamara Pridgett, Shale' Garland and Georganne Moline placed eleventh at 3:33.97 to make the cut. Nicci Corbin (tenth place, 16:24.80) and Jennifer Bergman (eleventh place, 16:11.35) narrowly made the cut in the women's 5000 meter event.
Colorado advanced Trevor Brown in the men's 100 meter hurdles (ninth place, 13.89 seconds) and Joe Morris in the men's 200 meter dash (ninth place, 21.00 seconds).
The Cal men's 4x100 meter relay team of Julius Travis, Tom Blocker, Dash Oliver and Ray Stewart qualified with a ninth-place finish and a time of 40.58 seconds. The Bears advanced a runner in the 100 meter hurdles, as well, with Ray Stewart placing third with a time of 13.65 seconds.
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