Twelve Huskies Vie For Titles At NCAA Outdoors
NCAA Outdoor Championships
June 9-12 | Eugene, Ore. | Hayward Field
Schedule of Husky Athletes at NCAAs (all times Pacific)
Wednesday, June 9
2:30 pm – Hammer Throw – Jayden White
5:16 pm – 1500m Semifinals – Sam Tanner
7:00 pm – 400m Hurdles Semifinals – Cass Elliott
7:10 pm – Shot Put – Jonah Wilson
Thursday, June 10
3:46 pm – 1500m Semifinals – Madison Heisterman
4:02 pm – 3000m Steeplechase Semifinals – Katie Rainsberger
5:30 pm – 400m Hurdles Semifinals – Darhian Mills
6:08 pm – 10000m Final – Haley Herberg
Friday, June 11
Men's Events (plus Women's Heptathlon)
12:00 pm – Heptathlon 100m Hurdles – Ida Eikeng, Lyndsey Lopes
1:00 pm – Heptathlon High Jump – Ida Eikeng, Lyndsey Lopes
3:00 pm – Heptathlon Shot Put – Ida Eikeng, Lyndsey Lopes
4:35 pm – Discus – Elijah Mason
5:11 pm – 1500m Final – Sam Tanner
6:27 pm – 400m Hurdles Final – Cass Elliott
6:55 pm – 5000m Final – Isaac Green
6:43 pm – Heptathlon 200m – Ida Eikeng, Lyndsey Lopes
Saturday, June 12
11:00 am – Heptathlon Long Jump – Ida Eikeng, Lyndsey Lopes
12:15 pm – Heptathlon Javelin – Ida Eikeng, Lyndsey Lopes
3:11 pm – 1500m Final – Madison Heisterman
3:24 pm – 3000m Steeplechase Final – Katie Rainsberger
4:27 pm – 400m Hurdles Final – Darhian Mills
4:43 pm – Heptathlon 800m – Ida Eikeng, Lyndsey Lopes
4:55 pm – 5000m Final – Haley Herberg
SEATTLE – A pack of twelve Huskies heads for Eugene this week, ready to battle with the best at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The season concludes with champions crowned at Hayward Field this Wednesday through Saturday, June 9-12. Men's events will take place on Wednesday and Friday, and women's events go on Thursday and Saturday.
Washington also sent a dozen competitors to the 2019 championships, the last time the meet was held, but only three of the twelve from 2019 are making a return trip. Elijah Mason, Jonah Wilson, and Darhian Mills earned their second trips to nationals. Katie Rainsberger will compete at her first NCAA Outdoors since 2017 and her first as a Husky, and Lyndsey Lopes also makes her first appearance since 2018, when she was a Trojan. The remaining seven Huskies are competing at their first outdoor nationals.
The meet will be broadcast on a combination of ESPN2, ESPNU, and ESPN3. Field events will all have dedicated live streams on ESPN3. Wednesday's action will be televised on ESPNU starting at 5 p.m. then switch to ESPN2 at 6 p.m. Thursday will be on ESPN2 from the start at 3:30 p.m. Friday will be all on ESPN2 starting at 5 p.m., and Saturday will be all on ESPNU beginning at 3 p.m.
Athletes reached Eugene by surviving the West and East Preliminary Championships two weeks ago in College Station, Texas and Jacksonville, Fla., respectively. Each site advanced the top-12 athletes or relays in every event on to Eugene for fields of 24 in each event.
The USTFCCCA All-America format remains the same this season, as the top-eight finishers in every event will be named First Team All-Americans, the 9-16 finishers will be Second Team All-Americans, and 17-24 will be honorable mention.
Here are the Huskies who will compete this week…
Ida Eikeng, Sophomore, Porsgrunn, Norway
Women's Heptathlon, First event Friday at 12 p.m.; First event Saturday at 11 a.m.
Season-best: 5,659 points
Eikeng completed her first collegiate heptathlon at the 2021 Pac-12 Championships, taking third overall with the No. 3 score in UW history and qualifying for her first NCAA Championships. A former World Junior Championships eighth-place finisher for Norway, Eikeng also qualified for NCAA Prelims in the javelin and the 100m hurdles. She also took fourth in the javelin at the Pac-12 Championships with a throw of 167-0 that came after the end of the first day of the heptathlon.
Cass Elliott, Sophomore, Seattle, Wash.
Men's 400m Hurdles, Semifinals: Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. | Final: Friday, 6:27 p.m.
Elliott makes his first NCAA Championships appearance in the 400m hurdles in his second outdoor campaign. He is the first Husky in the men's 400m hurdles field since James Fredrickson in 2008. Elliott ran a PR of 50.07 in the Pac-12 Championships final to take third-place, and he qualified through to Eugene with a time of 50.11 in the NCAA Prelim quarterfinals. Elliott does have some nationals experience, as he ran on the DMR at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championships, earning Second Team All-America honors.
Isaac Green, Sophomore, Louisville, Colo.
Men's 5,000m, Final: Friday, 6:55 p.m.
Green has built on a strong cross country season in the spring, where was an All-Pac-12 First Team performer with a seventh-place finish at Pac-12s, and he was the No. 2 Husky at NCAA Cross Country, finishing 104th overall. He ran a 5k PR of 13:42.01 at the Pac-12 Track Championships, placing eighth. Green then easily qualified for his first NCAA Championships on the track as he took third in his West Prelims semifinal heat in a time of 13:52.40.
Madison Heisterman, Redshirt Freshman, Nanaimo, Canada
Women's 1,500m, Semifinals: Thursday, 3:46 p.m. | Final: Saturday, 3:11 p.m.
Heisterman is in her third year at UW but this is still just her first outdoor season as she redshirted 2019. She has had a very busy 2021, running at the NCAA Indoor Championships on the distance medley relay and then two days later going and competing at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, helping the Huskies finish 13th. Heisterman made both the 800m and 1500m finals at the Pac-12 Championships, placing eighth in both. She took three seconds off her 1,500-meter PR in the West Prelims quarterfinal to run 4:14.62 and earn the 12th and final qualifying spot to Eugene.
Haley Herberg, Sophomore, Mission Viejo, Calif.
Women's 10,000m Final: Thursday, 6:08 p.m. | Women's 5,000m Final: Saturday, 4:55 p.m.
Season-best: 10,000m – 32:51.96; 5,000m – 15:36.32
Herberg is the one Husky set to pull double-duty this week. At West Prelims, she qualified fifth overall in the 10k in a time of 33:40.32, and then two days later she placed seventh overall in the 5k in 15:58.56. Herberg ran her first career 10k less than a month ago, at the Pac-12 Championships, placing third in the No. 2 time in school history. Herberg was the Pac-12 cross country champion this spring, and was 55th at NCAA Cross Country. This is her NCAA Outdoor Championships debut.
Lyndsey Lopes, Senior, Clovis, Calif.
Women's Heptathlon, First event Friday at 12 p.m.; First event Saturday at 11 a.m.
Season-best: 5,735 points
Lopes, a sixth-year senior, joined Washington from USC before the 2020 season, which was meant to be her senior season. After the pandemic, she came back to give it one more go, and was rewarded with a Pac-12 Championship in the heptathlon, as she scored a PR of 5,735 points to pull out an eight-point win. That was the No. 2 score in UW history. Lopes was an NCAA heptathlon qualifier and a high jump qualifier for USC back in 2018. Her season-best 100m hurdles (13.49) and long jump (20-1 ¾) also rank on the UW top-10 lists.
Elijah Mason, Sophomore, Casa Grande, Ariz.
Men's Discus Final: Friday, 4:35 p.m.
In his fourth year academically but still just in his second outdoor season, Mason made it back to NCAA Outdoors with a big throw of 196-10 to take second at NCAA Prelims. He is now a two-time Pac-12 Champion, having won the meet on May 16 with a best of 189-2. That made him the first Husky to ever win consecutive conference discus titles. Mason was seventh at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor meet for First Team All-America honors and his PR of 199-0 ranked fifth this season nationally.
Darhian Mills, Senior, Bothell, Wash.
Women's 400m Hurdles, Semifinal: Thursday, 5:30 p.m. | Final: Saturday, 4:27 p.m.
Mills is the UW school record-holder in the 400m hurdles, breaking the mark in 2019 with a time of 57.02 seconds. That year she made the NCAA Outdoor final, taking seventh-place, for First Team All-America honors. Mills came back for a sixth year this outdoor season, and picked the right time to run a season-best, as she went 58.20 out of lane nine in the NCAA quarterfinals to get the 12th and final qualifying spot and return to nationals. Mills was also an honorable mention on the 4x400m relay squad back in 2017.
Katie Rainsberger, Senior, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Women's 3,000m Steeplechase, Semifinals: Thursday, 4:02 p.m. | Final: Saturday, 3:24 p.m.
Rainsberger will wrap her storied collegiate career where it ended in Eugene, as the former Oregon Duck is back at Hayward Field in purple. The 12-time All-American will look for No. 13 and her first in the steeplechase, which she took up for the first time this spring. Rainsberger broke the UW school record in a runner-up Pac-12 Championship finish, running the fourth-fastest time in Pac-12 history at 9:38.84. She then won her quarterfinal heat at NCAA Prelims in 9:47.38. Even with her huge trophy case, this is Rainsberger's first NCAA Outdoor meet since 2017.
Sam Tanner, Freshman, Tauranga, New Zealand
Men's 1,500-meters, Semifinal: Wednesday, 5:16 p.m. | Final: Friday, 5:11 p.m.
Season-best: 3:38.58 outdoors, 3:34.72 indoors
This will be the biggest test yet for Tanner as he preps to represent New Zealand in the upcoming summer Olympic Games, which he qualified for by hitting the Olympic Standard indoors back in February. Tanner was third at the Pac-12 Championships in the 1,500-meters, and he grabbed the 12th and final qualifying spot to Eugene with a time of 3:39.70 in the West Prelim quarterfinals. Capping off the indoor season, Tanner was 13th in the mile at NCAA Indoors, barely missing a spot in the final by .01 seconds.
Jayden White, Freshman, Everett, Wash.
Hammer Throw: Wednesday, 2:30 p.m.
The true freshman went two-for-two in NCAA qualifying in his first collegiate season. White was 10th in the weight throw indoors to earn Second Team All-America honors and finish as the top freshman. He is the first Husky to make the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the men's hammer since Zack Midles in 2010. White threw a PR of 218-8 at the Pac-12 Championships to place fourth and go to No. 3 in UW school history. He had a clutch third attempt throw of 213-6 at West Prelims to get the 12th and final qualifying spot to Eugene.
Jonah Wilson, Junior, Clovis, Calif.
Men's Shot Put: Wednesday, 7:10 p.m.
Season-best: 64-0 ½
This will be Wilson's second NCAA Outdoor appearance, as he was 16th in the shot put in 2019. Wilson made the 2021 NCAA Indoor Championships as well where he was ninth overall for Second Team All-America honors. Wilson took third in the shot put at the Pac-12 Championships and also was fourth in the discus. He earned his spot at nationals with a 10th-place finish at West Prelims, going 63-0 ¼ on his first attempt.