Roundup: Pac-12 continues to impress in day two of USATF Championships
It was another busy and impressive day for Pac-12 athletes and alums at the USATF Track & Field Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Here's a roundup of notable performances from Friday:
The Wildcats will have a couple of representatives in the women's 400 meter hurdles final on Saturday. Nnenya Hailey recorded a personal best of 56.43 in her heat to advance, and former UA runner Georganne Moline finished with the best time of the prelims with a 55.62.
Arizona State's Shelby Houlihan continued her impressive career on Friday night. The 2015 NCAA Woman of the Year nominee finished third in her 1,500 meters prelims heat with a time of 4:19.51 to qualify for the finals on Sunday.
Colorado alum Jenny Simpson was impressive on day two, winning the first heat of the women's 1,500 meters prelims with a time of 4:08.55. Her time held up as the best overall after the three heats had finished, and she qualified for the finals on Saturday.
The Ducks had another busy day on the track. Jasmine Todd finished third in the 100 meter dash. Her time of 10:92 not only qualified her for the World Championship, it tied the school record set by Jenna Prandini who finished sixth in Friday's final. Oregon was one of three schools at these USATF Championships with two current athletes in the final according to GoDucks.com. Oregon alums also fared well. English Gardner fishished second in the 100 while Mike Berry and Phyllis Francis both finished second in their heats of the 400 and advanced to Saturday's finals.
Beejay Lee finished sixth in the 100 meter dash final with a time of 10:08. He was the first Trojan to advance to the event finals since Darwin Cook in 1982. Several USC grads also impressed on Friday. Allyson Felix and Bryshon Nellum will both race in their resepctive 400 meter finals on Saturday.
Washington State alum and 2015 Pac-12 champion Jesse Jorgensen finished Friday's 800 meter prelim with a time of 1:45.76, good for fifth and just missed advancing to the final.
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Here's Friday's results from flashresults.com. Stay with Pac-12.com for continuing coverage of the 2015 USATF Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene.