Herberg Reaches First NCAA Outdoor Meet
2021 NCAA West Preliminary Championships
May 26-29 | College Station, Texas (Texas A&M)
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Pac-12 cross country champion Haley Herberg became the fifth Husky to secure a spot in Eugene this evening, as she battled through the Texas humidity for 25 laps of the 10,000-meters and earned a fifth-place finish at NCAA West Prelims. Four more Huskies moved through from the first round to the quarterfinals today as the women saw their first day of action at Texas A&M's E.B. Cushing Stadium.
The NCAA West Prelims are halfway over now, with every race from here on out producing qualifiers for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, set for June 9-12 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The 10k was the only track event today sending runners straight to Eugene after one round, and Herberg made the cut to earn her first trip to an NCAA Championships on the track.
The West Prelims assembles the top-48 athletes from the western half of the country, in every individual event, and top-24 relays, for four days of competition at Texas A&M. Those that make the top-12 continue on to the NCAA Outdoor final site in Eugene.
Herberg, the Mission Viejo, Calif. native, covered the 10k in a time of 33:40.32, with temperatures still above 80 degrees during the race. It was just the second 10k of her career, as she ran it for the first time two weeks ago at the Pac-12 Championships to take third.
Naomi Smith placed 16th in her second 10k, as she was the second-highest finishing freshman, in a time of 34:28.33. Camila David-Smith was 35th today and Andrea Markezich finished 41st to wrap up their seasons.
All three Huskies advanced through to Saturday in the 1,500-meters. In the first of four heats, Madison Heisterman and Anna Gibson put themselves in good spots throughout, and Heisterman made a late move from fourth on the final turn to take the heat win in 4:18.47, and Gibson also went top five to advance in 4:19.22. In the next heat, Allie Schadler took sixth, just outside the five auto places, but her sixth-place time of 4:17.48 was faster than the winning times of the three other heats so she also advanced on time.
Another quarterfinalist is senior Darhian Mills, who posted the 19th-fastest time today in the 400m hurdles first round, crossing in 59.29. Mills will aim for the top-12 on Saturday as she tries to make a second 400m hurdles semi.
Darhian Mills earns herself another run on Saturday!
— Washington Track & Field (@UWTrack) May 28, 2021
MaKayla Kelby came just two places away from what would have been a huge upset in the shot put. Throwing in the second of four flights, Kelby had a toss of 53-7 ¾ on her final attempt, less than an inch off her career-best. After the top two flights finished, Kelby wound up finishing 14th overall. She had come in ranked 25th but nearly earned herself a bid. Kelby will throw discus as well on Saturday.
Pac-12 Champion Makenna Barton tied for 26th in the pole vault today. She had first attempt makes at 12-4 ½ and at 12-10 ¼ but then ran into trouble at 13-4 ¼ and was unable to clear that height. She ends the season with a PR of 13-9 ¼ from Pac-12s, tied for eighth in school history.
In the women's javelin, Ida Eikeng and Kathleen Horn made their first appearances. Eikeng had a best toss of 155-0 on her first attempt to wind up 24th overall. Horn, the Freshman Record-holder, finished her rookie season with a toss of 149-11 to place 31st overall.
Eikeng, who already qualified for Nationals in the heptathlon, would be back in the 100m hurdles. There she ran a season-best time of 13.47 seconds, just slightly wind-aided or it would rank as the third-fastest in UW history. That placed her 34th overall when she came in ranked 45th, and was a strong tune-up for NCAAs.
Madison Heisterman pulls away to win her 1500m first round and Anna Gibson follows in 5th as they both auto advance, and in the next heat Allie Schadler runs a season-best 4:17.48 to also advance!!#GoHuskies x #NCAATF pic.twitter.com/xbWx9t1wj3
— Washington Track & Field (@UWTrack) May 28, 2021
The first round of the 800-meters saw Carley Thomas and Marlena Preigh mixing it up. Thomas, whose comeback story just to get to this meet was already sensational, just missed out on reaching the quarterfinal as her time was 23rd-fastest overall at 2:07.21. Thomas fractured her femur in a boating accident last fall and only began jogging a couple months ago. Preigh finished in 2:10.92 today for 42nd-place.
Junior Olivia Ribera had one of her best runs in the 200-meter dash, going 23.78, just .05 off her PR and good for 41st overall. She will run the 4x400m relay on Saturday.
Another heptathlon qualifier, Lyndsey Lopes, competed in the long jump today but couldn't find the rhythm she had at Pac-12s. She went 17-4 ¾ on her first attempt and then fouled her second and third to place 45th overall.
Washington Track & Field
NCAA West Preliminary Championships
College Station, Texas | E.B. Cushing Stadium
May 27, 2021 | Day 2 of 4
Women's 200m First Round
41. Olivia Ribera, 23.78
Women's 800m First Round
23. Carley Thomas, 2:07.21
42. Marlena Preigh, 2:10.92
Women's 1,500m First Round
Heat 1 of 4
1. Madison Heisterman, 4:18.47 (Advances to Quarterfinals)
5. Anna Gibson, 4:19.22 (Advances to Quarterfinals)
Heat 2 of 4
6. Allie Schadler, 4:17.48 (Advances to Quarterfinals)
Women's 10,000m Semifinal
5. Haley Herberg, 33:40.32 (Advances to Eugene)
16. Naomi Smith, 34:28.33
35. Camila David-Smith, 36:12.07
41. Andrea Markezich, 37:15.77
Women's 100m Hurdles First Round
34. Ida Eikeng, 13.47
Women's 400m Hurdles First Round
Heat 4 of 6
5. Darhian Mills, 59.29 (Advances to Quarterfinals)
Women's Pole Vault
26 (tie). Makenna Barton, 12-10 ¼
Women's Long Jump
45. Lyndsey Lopes, 17-4 ¾
Women's Shot Put
14. MaKayla Kelby, 53-7 ¾
24. Ida Eikeng, 155-0
31. Kathleen Horn, 149-11