Rasmussen Qualifies for NCAAs in Javelin
EUGENE, Ore. – The University of Oregon men's track and team secured its second national qualifier—and first of the week—in Dalton Rasmussen on day one of the NCAA West Preliminary. The Ducks also advanced 13 runners out of Wednesday's first round including all four of their entries in the 1,500 meters.
Rasmussen was the Ducks' first qualifier of the week by way of an eighth-place finish in the javelin. He finished with a day's best of 66.33m/217-7 from his first-round attempt and maintained a top-12 spot to advance to the NCAA Championships (June 9-12) at Hayward Field. The Roseburg, Ore., native will be making his first-career appearance at the national meet.
"I came out and set the tone with my first throw," Rasmussen said. "Honestly, I felt good after that and felt comfortable. I've been dealing with a little pain but we've been working through that. This is a good learning experience for me and it's only three throws so you can't make big changes but luckily, we made it. I'm just excited to get back to Hayward and throw farther."
Advancing to Friday quarterfinals…
Gaston Bouchereau – 100 meters
Reed Brown – 1,500 meters
Rieker Daniel – 200 meters
Jonathan Harvey – 400m hurdles
Cole Hocker – 1,500 meters
Charlie Hunter – 800 meters
Jacoby McNamara – 200 meters
Xavier Nairne – 100 meters
Luis Peralta – 800 meters
James West – 1,500 meters
Micah Williams – 100 meters
Matt Wisner – 800 meters
Jack Yearian – 1,500 meters
The UO men advanced all four entries from Wednesday's first round of the 1,500 meters. In his first appearance at the NCAA West Preliminary meet, Jack Yearian (3:43.38) turned in the second-fastest time of the day. Running in the final heat, Cole Hocker and James West each clinched automatic bids into the next round with Reed Brown grabbing an on-time qualifier.
Friday's quarterfinal is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. (PT).
In the first round of the 100 meters, the UO men got three through to Friday's quarterfinal. Micah Williams won his heat in a windy 10.09 (+2.5) and was the sixth-overall qualifier. He'll be joined by Oregon teammates Gaston Bouchereau and Xavier Nairne in the next round. The quarterfinal is set for Friday at 5:05 p.m. (PT).
Oregon placed three of their four entries in the 800 meters within the top 10 of Wednesday's first round. Luis Peralta won the opening heat in 1:47.47, which stood up as the third-fastest time overall. Charlie Hunter pulled away over the final 200 meters to win heat six in 1:48.07 while Matt Wisner posted a season-best 1:48.13, good for the fastest on-time qualifier.
The trio will race for a national berth Friday at 5:35 p.m. (PT).
Following a personal-best effort in the shorter event earlier in the day, Jonathan Harvey advanced in the 400-meter hurdles. The Pac-12 runner-up posted a time of 50.81 to finish second in his heat. In a non-qualifying showing, Will Mundy lowered his lifetime best to 51.36 in his debut at the NCAA West Preliminary. Harvey began his day with a PR of 13.93 in the 110-meter hurdles where he finished just one spot out of advancing.
The Ducks added two more to their list of quarterfinalists in the 200 meters. Jacoby McNamara (20.76w) finished second in heat two to automatically qualify for the next round while Rieker Daniel grabbed one of the six on-time spots with a slightly wind-aided 20.88 (+2.1) in the opening heat. Friday's quarterfinal is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. (PT).
In the long jump, Isaiah Griffith produced the Ducks' best mark of 7.64m/25-0.75w (+3.5) to tie for 13th place. He is also entered in the triple jump, scheduled for Friday at 1:15 p.m. (PT).
Day two of the NCAA West Preliminary—opening day for the women's competition—will feature six qualifying chances in four events for the Women of Oregon. Pac-12 champs Carmela Cardama Baez (10,000 meters) and Alysah Hickey (long jump) will be in action Thursday.
Chances to Advance to Eugene
Thursday – Women of Oregon
10,000 meters: Carmela Cardama Baez, Hannah Reinhardt
Long jump: Rhesa Foster, Alysah Hickey
Shot put: Jaida Ross
Javelin: Lauri Paredes
Running events with two rounds at the NCAA Preliminary: 100 meters, 200 meters, 400 meters, 800 meters, 1500 meters, 100/110-meter hurdles, 400-meter hurdles. The remaining running events—5000 meters, 10,000 meters, steeplechase and both relays—will have one round.
How to Watch – Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4
The meet will be streamed live on SEC Network+ beginning with the start of running events each day.
Click HERE for the full meet schedule.
NCAA West Preliminary (Day 1)
College Station, Texas
100 Meters – first round
6. Micah Williams – 10.09wq (+2.5)
22. Gaston Bouchereau – 10.29wq (+2.5)
27. Xavier Nairne – 10.37wq (+2.8)
33. Rieker Daniel – 10.43w (+2.5)
200 Meters – first round
18. Jacoby McNamara – 20.76wq (+2.4)
22. Rieker Daniel – 20.88wq (+2.1)
t36. Gaston Bouchereau – 21.22
800 Meters – first round
3. Luis Peralta – 1:47.47q
8. Charlie Hunter – 1:48.07q
9. Matt Wisner – 1:48.13q (SB)
28. Elliott Cook – 1:50.48
1,500 Meters – first round
2. Jack Yearian – 3:43.38q
8. Cole Hocker – 3:45.05q
12. James West – 3:45.45q
22. Reed Brown – 3:45.64q
110m Hurdles – first round
25. Jonathan Harvey – 13.93 (PR)
400m Hurdles – first round
12. Jonathan Harvey – 50.81q
27. Will Mundy – 51.36 (PR)
t13. Isaiah Griffth – 7.64m/25-0.75w (+3.5)
23. Pierce LaCoste – 7.50m/24-7.25
25. DJ Henderson – 7.46m/24-5.75
8. Dalton Rasmussen – 66.33m/217-7Q
17. Jett Kinder – 63.40m/208-0
q – advances to Friday semifinal
Q – advances to NCAA Championships in Eugene
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