NCAA Track & Field Championships: Arizona State's Maggie Ewen takes NCAA hammer title, sets collegiate record

The women took the stage on day 2 of the NCAA Track & Field Outdoor Championships on Thursday, hosted by Oregon at Hayward Field. Pac-12 student-athletes collected six First Team All-America honors, with Arizona State's Maggie Ewen leading the way with two honors and an NCAA title. A champion was crowned in the women’s 10K and field events, while the other track events were semifinals for Saturday’s finals.

Arizona State’s triple threat on the field, Maggie Ewen, set the new all-time NCAA best in the hammer, as she hurled a distance of 73.32m (240-7) on her third attempt. Ewen broke Georgia’s Jenny Dalghren’s 10-year-old record of 72.94m (239-4). To put Ewen’s distance into perspective, the Sun Devil threw the hammer less than 20 yards short of a full-length football field.

Washington’s Kristina Owsinski secured USTFCCCA First Team All-America honors in the pole vault with her fifth-place finish. The senior wrapped up her Husky career while clearing 4.40m (14-5¼). Her teammate Elizabeth Quick placed 15th overall clearing a height of 4.00m (13-1½).

Colorado’s Erin Clark also earned First Team All-America honors in the women’s 10,000m. The junior finished in 33:03.22 for fifth overall. Washington’s Isobel Batt-Doyle earned second team recognition with her 12th place 33:49.61, and Colorado freshman Makena Morley placed 17th with her 33:58.17.

Stanford’s Mackenzie Little placed fourth overall in the javelin finals, hurling a distance of 55.32m (181-6) to also secure first team honors. UCLA’s Zaybree Haury finished with a 51.90m (170-3) for 10th. Little’s teammate Jenna Gray finished 16th overall with a mark of 50.29m (165-0).

USC senior Brittany Mann earned third place overall in the women’s shot put, hurling a distance of 17.49m (57-4¾). Mann earned USC’s first All-America shot put honors since 2006.

ASU’s Maggie Ewen collected her second All-America honors of the meet, placing sixth with her 17.40m (57-1). USC’s Tanya Sapa finished 13th [16.47m (54-½ )], UCLA’s Ashlie Blake 15th [16.41m (53-10¼)] and Stanford’s Lena Giger 17th [16.22m (53-2¾)].

Women’s 1500m: All five Pac-12 harriers auto advanced to Saturday’s final. Colorado’s Dani Jones led all heats with her 4:10.74 out of heat 1, while Washington’s Amy-Eloise Neale crossed the line fourth overall with her PR of 4:11. Out of the second heat, Stanford’s duo of Christina Aragon (4:19.08) and Rebecca Mehra (4:19.37) qualified through, as well as Oregon freshman 4:19.21.

Women’s 3K Steeplechase: AKA Colorado: SteeplechaseU. Colorado freshman and Pac-12 champion Madison Boreman continued her steeple success, as she won her heat and set a lifetime best of 9:51 to auto qualify to finals. Utah junior Grayson Murphy also punched her ticket to the finals, as she ran a 9:53.04.

Women’s 100 Hurdles: Pac-12 hurdlers will duke for the NCAA title on Saturday, and if Thursday’s semis were any indication, the finals will be a gauntlet. 2017 Pac-12 Champion and three time All-American Alaysha Johnson out of Oregon won the third heat and fastest time overall in 12.87. USC’s Anna Cockrell, however, drew on her successful rookie season and battled Johnson to the edge, auto qualifying as well for a 12.89. Cockrell’s teammate Dior Hall grabbed the second spot in her heat to go to the finals in an auto-qualifying time of 13.02. Oregon’s Sasha Wallace advanced on time for the eighth and final ticket, as she ran a 13.10 to advance by one-one hundredth of a second. As the Women of Oregon come into Nationals as the favorites to win the team title, Wallace secured a much-needed place in the finals to score points for the Ducks.

Women’s 100m: A shadow of slight panic came over Hayward Field Thursday night, as favorites Deajah Stevens and Ariana Washington didn’t auto qualify out of their second heats, and had to wait to see if their times held up through three heats. The Duck duo claimed the only two time spots to finals, with Washington’s 11.26 and Steven’s 11.28. USC’s Ky Westbrook edged out her teammate by six thousandths of a second, advancing to finals in a 11.39.

Women’s 400m: Kendall Ellis paced her heat and never looked back with a 51.80 to qualify to the finals. Ellis’ teammate Cameron Pettigrew 52.05 to time qualify, and Oregon’s Elexis Guster 51.93 also time qualified through to the finals.

Women’s 800m: Two-time defending champ Raevyn Rogers of Oregon cruised through the field in the second heat, clocking a 2:05.63 to compete on Saturday.

Rogers’ teammate Brooke Feldmeier recorded the fastest time overall in the field with her 2:03.43. Stanford’s Olivia Baker booked the Pac-12s third trip to the finals with her 2:04.74.

Women’s 400H: Sage Watson out of Arizona made it look easy, cruising for the heat two win in a 54.88 for her collegiate best. USC’s Amalie Iuel also easily advanced with her 55.86. Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Anna Cockrell dominated her heat in a 55.64, helping the Women of Troy punch two tickets to Saturday’s final.

Women’s 200m: Oregon’s Stevens and Washington qualified through for the 100- and 200-meter double on Saturday. Stevens paced the field overall with her 22.31, while Deanna Hill auto qualified with her 22.83. Washington’s 22.60 held up out of the second heat to qualify on time.

Women’s 4x4: The Women of Troy clocked the fastest mile relay of the day, hitting a time of 3:27.64 out of the first heat. Oregon, bolstered by its 800m specialists of Raevyn Rogers and Brooke Feldmeier, won the second heat in 3:31.76. Both squads will vie for the mile relay title on Saturday.

Decathlon: Oregon’s Mitch Modin and Joe Delgado wrapped up multis on Thursday. Delgado collected 7590 points for 12th place, led by his first place 1500m finish (4:14.34). Modin collected 7446 total points for 15th.

Women’s Running Team Scores: Through six events, Georgia leads with 24.2 points, Kentucky second with 14 and Arizona State third with 13.

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