NCAA track & field: Oregon dominates day 1 of west preliminaries

Day 1 of the 2014 NCAA outdoor track & field west preliminaries in Fayetteville, Ark., saw some seriously stellar performances from the Pac-12. Although most of the events Thursday were the first round of two this weekend, a number of athletes already punched their tickets to the NCAA outdoor track & field championships June 11-14 in Eugene. 

Oregon

Liz Brenner did work today in the women’s javelin as the sophomore earned a fifth-place overall finish to secure her spot in the NCAA outdoor finals. 

The Ducks took over the men’s 1500 as four Oregon runners qualified for the quarterfinal on Saturday. Daniel Winn enters the quarterfinal with a time of 3:42.95, the fourth-fastest time of the day. Defending national champion Mac Fleet earned his spot in the quarterfinal with a first-place finish in heat one, and was followed by teammate Colby Alexander who automatically qualified with a fourth-place finish. Sam Prakel fought his way into the quarterfinal round with a tight fifth-place finish in heat three. Senior Sarah Penney ran confidently to the win in heat two of the women’s 1500m for a spot in the quarterfinal and was followed by a hard kick to the finish by freshman teammate Therese Haiss for fourth place. Freshman Alli Cash also earned a spot in the quarterfinal with a third-place finish in heat three.

Pac-12 champion Jenna Prandini stormed to the finish to win heat six of the women’s 100m in a leading time of 11.31 to automatically qualify for the quarterfinal on Friday. Prandini also qualified in the long jump with a mark of 6.51m to lead the region. Teammate Marybeth Sant also earned a spot in the quarterfinal of the women’s 100m with a fifth-place finish in heat five.

Olympian and Pac-12 Champion Mike Berry took charge of heat five of the men’s 400m with a winning time of 45.88 to qualify for the quarterfinals on Friday. Pac-12 champion and defending national champion Phyllis Francis charged to the lead in the women’s 400m to easily win heat two and run the fastest time of the day with a mark of 51.92. Her teammate Chizoba Okodogbe followed in second place with a qualifying time of 53.15.

Senior Boru Guyota secured his spot in the quarterfinal of the men’s 800m with a second-place finish in heat four. Pac-12 champion and national collegiate leader Laura Roesler followed and ran a comfortable 2:06.38 to take the win in heat one of the women’s 800m and secure her spot in the quarterfinal. Teammate Claudia Francis earned her qualifying spot with a second-place finish in heat two and Annie Leblanc closed hard for a first-place finish in heat six.

Freshman Brittany Mann secured a spot in the NCAA outdoor finals for the first time in her career with an eighth-place finish in the women’s shot put.

Senior Sammie Clark secured her spot in the NCAA outdoor finals for the Ducks with a ninth-place finish in the women’s pole vault.

The dominant men’s 10k trio of Edward Cheserek, Parker Stinson, and Trevor Dunbar all punched their tickets to the NCAA outdoor finals in Eugene with second, third, and eighth-place finishes.

Junior Trevor Ferguson secured his spot in the NCAA outdoor finals of the men’s long jump after setting a mark of 7.60m.

Pac-12 champion Sam Crouser punched his ticket to the NCAA outdoor finals with a win in the men’s javelin and a mark of 69.85m.

Arizona

Pac-12 runner-up Aaron Castle became the first Wildcat to qualify for the NCAA outdoor finals after the freshman finished 11th overall in the men’s shot put.

Nnenya Hailey qualified easily with a dominating win in heat one of the women’s 400m hurdles with a time of 57.10. The mark was the second-fastest time of the day, behind Texas A&M’s Olympian Janeil Bellille’s winning time of 57.00 in heat 6. Hailey’s teammate Morgan Struble also qualified with a third-place finish in heat two.

Lawi Lalang secured his spot in the quarterfinal of the men’s 1500 with a dominating win of 3:42.85 to win heat four. Sophomore Kate Penney took heat four of the women’s 1500m out from the gun and finished in third place with an automatic qualifier for Saturday.

Senior Germe Poston ran a time of 11.73 for a third-place finish in heat two of the women’s 100m to qualify for the quarterfinal on Friday.

Freshman Miles Parish fought his way to a qualifying spot in the men’s 400m with a fourth-place finish in heat one to qualify on time for the quarterfinal on Friday. Senior Shapri Romero stormed to the win in heat six of the women’s 400m to automatically qualify for the quarterfinals.

Freshman Collins Kibet ran a smart race to secure his spot in the men’s 800m quarterfinal on Friday with a second-place finish in heat six.

Pac-12 champion Julie Labonte punched her ticket to the NCAA outdoor finals with a third-place finish in flight four of the women’s shot put.

Senior All-American Elvin Kibet ended the day with a comfortable third-place finish to easily qualify for the NCAA outdoor finals of the women's 10k.

Arizona State

Pac-12 champion Shelby Houlihan secured her spot in the quarterfinal of the women’s 1500m with a win in heat four that was good for the second-fastest time of the day.

Pac-12 runner-up Ryan Milus earned his spot in the quarterfinal of the men’s 100m with a time of 10.35, good for third place in heat five.

Senior Keith Cleveland secured his spot in the quarterfinal of the men’s 400m on Friday with a third-place finish in heat six. Junior Brianna Tate claimed her spot in the quarterfinal with a second-place finish in heat one of the women’s 400m.

California

Randy Bermea of California qualified for tomorrow’s quarterfinal in the men’s 400m hurdles with his fourth-place finishing time of 51.44 in heat two.

Sophomore Thomas Joyce will compete in the quarterfinal of the men’s 1500m on Saturday after a third-place finish in heat four. Junior Sydney Gray earned her spot in the quarterfinal of the women’s 1500m with a sixth-place finish in the final heat. Her time of 4:22.94 was the first time to qualify.

Senior Tom Blocker earned his place in the men’s 100m quarterfinal with a fifth-place finish in heat three to secure the final qualifying spot.

Senior All-American Hammed Suleman became the first Golden Bear to qualify for the NCAA outdoor finals. He competed in the men’s long jump and set a mark of 7.62m for seventh place on the day.

All-American Kelsey Santisteban clinched her spot at the NCAA outdoor finals with an 11th-place finish in the women's 10k, her first NCAA outdoor final berth.

Colorado

Freshman Ben Saarel continued his stellar freshman campaign with a second-place finish in heat two to secure his spot in the quarterfinal of the men’s 1500m. Teammate Jake Hurysz followed with a win in heat three in a time of 3:43.09.

All-American Joe Bosshard secured his spot in the NCAA outdoor finals with a sixth-place finish in the men’s 10k.

Stanford

Pac-12 champion Brianna Bain secured her spot at the NCAA outdoor finals with a second-place overall finish in the women’s javelin with a mark of 51.76m, behind Hannah Carson of Texas Tech.

Freshman Dylan Duvio earned his first NCAA outdoor championship berth with an 11th-place finish in the men’s pole vault.

All-Americans Marco Bertolotti, Tyler Stutzman, and Michael Atchoo all earned spots to compete in the quarterfinal of the men’s 1500m on Saturday. Freshman Rebecca Mehra and Cami Chapus both secured spots in the quarterfinal of the women’s 1500m with fifth and fourth-place finishes in heat two and heat one.

Junior Luke Lefebure finished second in heat five of the men’s 800m to automatically qualify for the quarterfinal on Friday. Amy Weissenbach left nothing to chance as the sophomore charged her way to the win in heat three of the women’s 800m in a leading time of 2:05.87. Her teammate Claudia Saunders also qualified for the quarterfinals with a second-place finish in heat four.

Junior All-American Jim Rosa became another member of the Cardinal squad to secure his spot in the NCAA outdoor finals after finishing fourth in the men’s 10k.

UCLA

Pac-12 champion Nick Scarvelis was the first Bruin of the day to qualify for the NCAA outdoor finals in Eugene after the sophomore finished second in the men’s shot put with a mark of 19.61m, behind Texas’ Ryan Crouser.

Junior Kylie Price became the second Bruin of the day to earn her spot at the NCAA outdoor finals in Eugene with a ninth-place finish in the women’s long jump.

Nick Hartle closed hard to secure the win in heat two of the men’s 800m in a time of 1:48.70. His victory in heat two secures his spot in the quarterfinal on Friday. Senior Tiffany LaMar earned her spot in the quarterfinal of the women’s 800m after finishing fifth in heat three.

Natasha Colbo also punched her ticket to the NCAA outdoor finals in Eugene with a fifth-place finish in the women’s pole vault.

Freshman Cody Danielson earned his first NCAA outdoor finals berth with a 12th-place finish in the men’s javelin.

USC

Pac-12 champion Jaide Stepter took heat two of the women’s 400m hurdles after a battle down the backstretch with Washington’s Gianna Woodruff. Her teammate and Pac-12 heptathlon champion Amalie Iuel took third in heat three to also qualify for tomorrow’s quarterfinal.

Pac-12 champion Aaron Brown secured his spot in the quarterfinal of the men’s 100m with the win in heat three in a time of 10.23. Junior BeeJay Lee also qualified with a second place finish in heat four. A pack of Trojans secured their spots in the quarterfinal of the women’s 100m as Jessica Davis, Tynia Gaither, Alexis Faulknor, and Loudia Laarman all qualified in their heats. Davis led the charge with a winning time of 11.45 in heat five.

Vanessa Jones earned a spot in the quarterfinal of the women’s 400m with a second-place finish in heat three. Ashley Liverpool qualified for the quarterfinal on time as the senior placed fourth in heat two.

Utah

Pac-12 runner-up Rosalie Waller earned her spot in the quarterfinal of the women’s 800m with a close win in heat four. Teammate Ali Eisenbeiss also punched her ticket into the quarterfinal after finishing fourth in heat one.

Washington

Pac-12 Champion Jax Thoirs earned a spot to compete in the men's pole vault at the NCAA outdoor finals with a height of 5.36m, placing him sixth overall.

The Husky duo of Gianna Woodruff and Kayla Stueckle both qualified for tomorrow’s quarterfinal in the 400m hurdles with second and third-place finishes in heat two and heat four.

Freshman Nick Harris made a statement today with a leading time of 3:42.84 to win heat two of the men’s 1500m to automatically qualify for the quarterfinal on Saturday. His teammate Izaic Yorks also qualified with a fourth place finish in heat three. 2012 NCAA outdoor champion Katie Flood and teammate Eleanor Fulton continued the Husky middle-distance contingent with second and fourth-place finishes in heat four.

Pac-12 champion Derrick Daigre got the men’s 800m heats started with a bang as the junior automatically qualified for the quarterfinals after winning heat one in a time of 1:49.18. Teammate Bradley Whitley also qualified based on time after a fourth-place finish in heat five.

Pac-12 champion Diamara Planell Cruz earned her spot in the NCAA outdoor finals with a win in the women’s pole vault.

Teammates Quinn Hale and Carson Fuller both earned spots at the NCAA outdoor finals in the men’s javelin with fourth and eighth-place finishes.

Megan Goethals and Lyndsay Flanagan qualified together for the NCAA outdoor finals as the seniors finished seventh and 10th in the women's 10k.

Washington State

Ruby Roberts was gutsy as she took the lead in heat one of the women’s 1500m, and ended up with a second-place finish and quarterfinal qualification in a time of 4:22 behind All-American Stephanie Brown of Arkansas.

Junior Jacob Sealby earned his spot in the quarterfinal of the men’s 400m with a sixth-place finish in heat three to qualify on time.

Jesse Jorgensen secured his spot in the men’s 800m quarterfinal with a third-place finish in heat two. Abby Regan made a statement in heat two of the women’s 800m with a winning time of 2:07.44 to qualify for the quarterfinals on Friday. Teammate Courtney Zalud also qualified after finishing third in heat four.

 

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