NCAA Track & Field: Ducks, Trojans impress on day 3 of west preliminaries

The final day of the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field west preliminaries solidified the fact that the Pac-12 dominates the track and every event in between. With multiple meet records broken and world leading marks set, athletes from the Pac-12 will definitely make a statement at the NCAA outdoor finals in Eugene June 11-14.

Oregon

Jillian Weir was the first Duck of the day to punch her ticket to Eugene after finishing sixth in the women's hammer throw with a mark of 60.10m. After setting a huge personal best of 67.43m at the Pac-12 championships, Weir will look to continue her breakout season among the collegiate best.

The Ducks started the day off on the track with a stellar performance from the women’s 4x100m relay. The ladies finished first in heat two in 43.37, ahead of second place Texas.

Mac Fleet made everyone in heat one of the men’s 1500m look silly as the defending national champion came from last place to finish comfortably ahead of the rest of the field for the win. His teammate Sam Prakel will follow him back to Eugene after finishing seventh in heat two to qualify on time. Sarah Penney and Alli Cash both edged their way into the NCAA outdoor finals of the women’s 1500m after finishing sixth and seventh in heat two to qualify on time.

Jonathan Cabral finished second in heat one of the men’s 110m hurdles behind Wayne Davis II who broke the NCAA west preliminary record with a time of 13.20, until USC’s Aleec Harris ran 13.18 in heat two which is currently the second-fastest time in the world. Devon Allen left nothing to chance as the freshman won his heat of the men’s 110m hurdles in 13.27. Freshman Sasha Wallace also qualified automatically after finishing third in heat three of the women’s 100m hurdles.

Arthur Delaney is locked in to the NCAA outdoor finals after finishing second in heat one of the men’s 200m with a time of 20.52. Jenna Prandini officially punched her ticket to Eugene in four events after winning her heat of the women’s 200m.

A flock of Oregon Ducks will fly into Eugene in the men’s 5k as NCAA cross country champ Edward Cheserek, Trevor Dunbar, Parker Stinson, and Eric Jenkins locked down their spots in heats one and two. Freshman Frida Berge earned her first NCAA outdoor finals berth with a seventh-place finish in heat two of the women’s 5k.

Lauren Crockett secured her spot in the women’s high jump at the NCAA outdoor finals after reaching a height of 1.77m for a fourth-place finish.

The Oregon men easily won heat one of the men’s 4x400 in 3:04.10, which included a 45.41 anchor leg from Mike Berry. Their time puts the Ducks fifth in Oregon school history. The women’s team followed with an insane anchor leg from Phyllis Francis that brought the Ducks into the finish line in a new meet record time of 3:27.34.

Arizona

Lawi Lalang looked to be in great form in the second heat of the men’s 1500m as the Arizona standout easily won his race to qualify for his last NCAA outdoor final.

Senior Shapri Romero locked in her spot to Eugene based on time after finishing fourth in heat two of the women’s 200m.

Lalang returned later in the day to secure his spot in the men’s 5k with a solid second-place finish in heat two to qualify to NCAA outdoor finals in both the 1500m and 5,000.

Junior Elvin Kibet made her way into the NCAA outdoor final with a fourth-place finish in heat two of the women’s 5,000.

Arizona State

The Sun Devils blew away the competition in the first heat of the men’s 4x100m to run a solid 39.08 for the win and an automatic berth to the NCAA outdoor finals in Eugene. The women’s team will be joining them as the Sun Devil ladies followed with a second-place finish in heat one behind the USC Trojans.

Shelby Houlihan did her job in the second heat of the women’s 1500m as the junior cruised to an easy win in 4:18. Devan Spann ran his way to an automatic qualifier after finishing third in heat three of the men’s 200m.

Pac-12 runner-up Josh Dixon jumped his way to a second-place finish in the men’s triple jump for an automatic berth to the NCAA outdoor finals.

The Sun Devil 4x400 powerhouse did not disappoint as the men’s team finished second in their heat behind Texas A&M’s new meet record time of 3:01.42. The women followed with a third-place finish in heat three of the women’s 4x400 that will punch their ticket to Eugene.

California

The Golden Bear men solidified their spot on the men’s 4x100m line in Eugene with a fifth-place finish in heat two to qualify based on time.

Sophomore Thomas Joyce earned his first NCAA outdoor final berth after an impressive finishing kick to earn fourth in heat two of the men’s 1500m.

Milan Ristic secured his spot on the line in Eugene in the men’s 110m hurdles after finishing third in the final heat in a time of 13.63.

Derek White made his way into the men’s discus lineup today after finishing 12th overall with a mark of 56.53m.

Sophomore Jonte Grant earned his first NCAA outdoor finals berth after finishing 10th in the men’s triple jump.

Kelsey Santisteban will compete in both the 10k and the 5k after edging her way into sixth place to qualify on time in heat two of the women’s 5,000.

Colorado

Emily Hunsucker is finishing her career as a Buff in style with a west region title and an automatic berth to the NCAA outdoor finals in Eugene. Her throw of 64.05m was nearly two feet further than second-place finisher Kayla Kovar of Southern Utah.

The Buffaloes will be well represented at the NCAA outdoor finals after freshman Ben Saarel and junior Jake Hurysz both qualified in their heats of the men’s 1500m.

Sophomore Carrie Verdon secured her spot in Eugene with a fifth-place finish in heat two of the women’s 5k for the first NCAA outdoor finals berth of her career.

Stanford

All-American Michael Atchoo comfortably qualified in heat one of the men’s 1500m with a second-place finish behind defending NCAA champion Mac Fleet of Oregon. Rebecca Mehra followed to clinch a spot on the line in Eugene after finishing fourth in heat two of the women’s 1500m.

Joe Rosa blazed in with a pack of top five automatic qualifiers in the men’s 5k for a third-place finish in heat one. Jessica Tonn turned on the jets in a battle for second place in the women’s 5k to edge out west prelim 10k champ Katy Moen. NCAA Div. I leader Aisling Cuffe automatically qualified with a second-place finish in her heat of the women’s 5k to toe the line in Eugene.

Pac-12 champion Darian Brooks punched his ticket to Eugene with a sixth-place finish in the men’s triple jump.

UCLA

Trinity Nelson became the first athlete from the Pac-12 to qualify in the women’s 100m hurdles after finishing third in heat one. Her teammate Brea Buchanan followed in heat two with a strong close to finish third and automatically qualify for Eugene.

The Bruin duo of Julian Wruck and Matthew Kosecki will compete together in Eugene after each finishing second and eighth overall in the men’s discus.

Zibby Boyer secured her spot in the women’s high jump at the NCAA outdoor finals after finishing fifth overall.

USC

The men’s 4x100m relay battled for the win in heat three, but just barely missed first place as Iowa’s anchor leg just edged out the Trojans. They men will advance automatically with their time of 39.59 behind Iowa’s 39.55. The women’s team followed with a killer time of 43.55 for the win in heat one and an automatic qualifier to Eugene.

Aleec Harris brought the crowd to its feet as the senior blazed to a 13.18 in heat two of the men’s 110m hurdles, which is the second-fastest time run in the world this year.

Melia Cox clinched her spot on the line in Eugene after finishing fourth in heat three to qualify on time.

Aaron Brown can’t be stopped! The senior took care of business again in the men’s 200m after winning heat one in 20.16 and earning a ticket to Eugene. Tynia Gaither leaned into a second-place finish in heat two of the women’s 200m for an NCAA finals berth behind Oregon’s Jenna Prandini.

The Trojans closed out the incredible day with a second-place finish in the women’s 4x400m relay and an automatic berth to the NCAA outdoor finals.

Washington

Two Huskies secured their spots in the NCAA outdoor finals in the men’s 1500m. Izaic Yorks finished sixth in heat two to qualify based on time and his teammate Nick Harris finished fourth in heat one. 2012 NCAA champion Katie Flood followed with a second-place finish in heat one of the women’s 1500m to secure her spot in Eugene.

 

For full results of the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field west preliminaries visit ArkansasRazorbacks.com.

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