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Cho Leads Cougs During Day Two of West Prelims

May 27, 2021

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Washington State University Track and Field program saw the women's squad in action today during day two of the NCAA Division I West Preliminary Round from E.B. Cushing Stadium.

Stephanie Cho continued her impressive outdoor season in the 400-meter hurdles as she wrapped up day two at the NCAA West Preliminaries for the Cougars. Cho ran a 58.61 overall to win heat number four and advance into the quarterfinals which will take place Saturday, May 29 at 5:55 PM PT. Stephanie ultimately would finish ninth overall in the event as well.
Charisma Taylor competed in her first of two events at the NCAA West Preliminaries, as she ran in the opening heat of the 100-meter hurdles. Taylor went on to finish sixth overall in the heat, with a time of 13.37 and ultimately would miss the chance to advance as she placed 28th overall. Charisma's first heat would prove to be one if not the most competitive run with the top three runners finishing with times of 12.76, 12.83, and 13.14. Taylor now looks ahead to Saturday, May 29 where she will conclude the West Prelims in the triple jump and looks to move onto the finals in Eugene, Oregon.

Neema Kimtai and Kaili Keefe were in action during the 1500-meter run, with Kimtai running in heat number four and Keefe in heat number one. Neema just missed qualifying to advance into the quarterfinals as she finished 26th overall with a time of 4:25.81, and the final runner to qualify that did not finish in the top three of each heat finished with a time of 4:24.06. Kaili would run a time of 4:42.03 during her heat, and ultimately finish at 48th overall.
Emily Coombs wrapped up the field events during day two in the pole vault, beginning with a clearance of 12-feet 4 1/2 inches (3.77m) to advance into the next round. Emily proceeded to post her best mark of 12-feet 10 1/4 inches (3.92m), after failing to clear the height of 13-feet 4 1/4 inches (4.07m). Coombs ultimately went on to finish 42nd overall in the event as well.

Carolina Ulloa-Daza will be set for a re-do in the women's hammer throw Friday morning at 9:00 a.m. PT as there was an issue with the laser while measuring during flight number one Thursday. Ulloa-Daza will look to crack the top 12 list of finalists and head to the NCAA Championships. 

1500m – First Round:  Neema Kimtai – 4:25.81 (26th); Kaili Keefe – 4:42.03 (48th)
100m Hurdles – First Round:  Charisma Taylor – 13.37 (28th)
400m Hurdles – First Round:  Stephanie Cho – 58.61 (9th) – Q
Pole Vault:  Emily Coombs – 12-10 1/4 (3.92m) [42nd]
Javelin:  Kendra Sachse – (DNS)


The Cougs continue competing at the NCAA Division I West Preliminary from College Station, Texas at E.B. Cushing Stadium tomorrow, Friday, May 28.

Washington State will have seven total men's entries in action Friday which includes Mitch Jacobson (high jump), John Kolb (discus), Paul Ryan (1500-meter), Zach Stallings (1500-meter), Colton Johnsen (3000-meter steeplechase and the 5000-meter), and finally Sam Brixey (110-meter hurdles).

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