Pac-12 athletes well represented at the final day of NCAA Track & Field Championships
Two individual champions across three events from the University of Oregon highlight the Pac-12 Conference’s performance in the final day of NCAA track and field competition. Oregon was the highest placing team from the Pac-12 Conference, finishing second with 62 points.
Wildcat Sage Watson finished 3rd in the 400m hurdles with a time of 54.85 seconds. Alyssa Thompson placed 14th in the heptathlon with 5,514 points, earning second team All-American honors.
Maggie Ewen was the Sun Devils’ podium finisher today in the discus, throwing 54.66m (179 feet, 4 inches). Teammate Keyasia Tibbs finished 14th in the women’s triple jump with a best jump of 12.93m (42 feet, 5.25 inches).
Sophomore Isabella Marten got on the podium for Cal today in the women’s triple jump with a best jump of 13.35m (43 feet, 9.75 inches) for a 7th place finish.
The 1500m duo of Dani Jones and Maddie Alm placed 9th and 12th, running 4:15.86 and 4:20.22, respectively. Both Buffs earned second team All-American honors from today’s performances. Going longer, 5000m runner Kaitlyn Benner placed 12th in a time of 16:20.89 to also earn second team All-American honors.
The 4x100m relay kicked things off for the Ducks today. The team of Wallace, Stevens, Barbian and Washington placed 3rd with a time of 42.91 seconds. From there, Annie LeBlanc scooped up points. Sophomore Raevyn Rogers defended her 800m title, running a 2:00.75 to take the individual title and earn 10 points for her team. Meanwhile, freshman teammate Ariana Washington completed the 100m and 200m double for the first time since 1998, securing 20 points for the Ducks. Her time of 22.21 in the 200m (following a 10.95 in the 100m) is the 6th fastest in the world this year. Additionally, Washington is the only freshman to ever win the NCAA 200m title. Deajah Stevens was hot on Washington’s tail, running 22.25 seconds in the 200m for second place and eight points for the Ducks. The Ducks ultimately finished second with 62 points.
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Stanford's Elise Cranny almost overtook Mississippi State's Marta Freitas on the final stretch of the 1500m, but Freitas was able to hold on, winning in a photo finish by .01 second. Cranny's strong performance was good enough for a 2nd place finish, as she completed the event with a time of 4:09.54. Card junior Valarie Allman placed 3rd in the discus with a best throw of 61.42m (201 feet, 6 inches). On the track, the 800m duo of Olivia Baker and Claudia Saunders faired well, placing 2nd in 2:02.65 and 4th in 2:02.99, respectively. The Card finished tied for 7th with 29 points.
The Trojan sprint duo of Tynia Gaither and Deanna Hill shined today. Both ran on the 4x100m relay team along with Brown and Faulknor to set a school record 42.90 seconds and 2nd place finish in the event. They then went on to podium in the 100m, with Gaither finishing 4th in 11.08 seconds and Hill 6th in 11.21 seconds, and the 200m, with Gaither placing 5th in 22.54 seconds, and Hill placing 7th in 22.75 seconds. Tera Novy scooped up a couple points for USC at the end of her senior season by placing 7th in the discus with a best throw of 57.70m (189 feet, 4 inches). The 4x400m relay team dropped the baton on the first exchange, but was able to recover for an 8th place finish in a time of 3:40.61.
Amy-Eloise Neale kicked things off for the Huskies, running a 4:15.86 in the 1500m for a 10th place finish. Steeplechaser Charlotte Prouse rode that wave and placed 9th in her event with a time of 10:00.82. Senior Baylee Mires ended her career as a Dawg with an 8th place finish in the 800m in a time of 2:03.92, just .01 seconds off her school record.
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