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Wilson Reaches Podium On Day One Of Nationals

Jun 9, 2021

NCAA Outdoor Championships
June 9-12 | Eugene, Ore. | Hayward Field

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Schedule of Husky Athletes at NCAAs (all times Pacific)
Thursday, June 10
Women's Events
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 EikengLyndsey Lopes
1:00 pm – Heptathlon High Jump – Ida EikengLyndsey Lopes
3:00 pm – Heptathlon Shot Put – Ida EikengLyndsey Lopes
4:35 pm – Discus – Elijah Mason
5:11 pm – 1500m Final – Sam Tanner
6:55 pm – 5000m Final – Isaac Green
6:43 pm – Heptathlon 200m – Ida EikengLyndsey Lopes
Saturday, June 12
Women's Events
11:00 am – Heptathlon Long Jump – Ida EikengLyndsey Lopes
12:15 pm – Heptathlon Javelin – Ida EikengLyndsey 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 EikengLyndsey Lopes
4:55 pm – 5000m Final – Haley Herberg

EUGENE, Ore. – There's nothing quite like that first point. Junior shot putter Jonah Wilson finally got that first big point at the NCAA Outdoor Championships today, earning it with a clutch final throw improvement and then anxiously waiting the measurement before he could celebrate. After finishing ninth at the NCAA Indoor meet earlier this year, Wilson knows the frustration of just missing out, and now the satisfaction of making it up onto the podium.
Wilson's eighth-place finish in the shot put and an advancement through to the 1,500m final for Sam Tanner were the Husky highlights on the first of four days of the track and field championships, held through Saturday at Oregon's Hayward Field. Men's events were held today, with the women taking the stage for the first time on Thursday.
Wilson was 16th in the shot put at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor meet, and ninth at the 2021 indoor championships. The 24 competitors all had three attempts with the top-9 earning another three throws. Wilson put himself in good position early with a mark of 63-1 ¼ on his opener and then an improvement to 63-9 ½ on his second throw. He made the cut and was sitting in seventh-place, but over the next two rounds, he got bumped down to ninth.

In danger of finishing one spot off the podium for the second time this year, Wilson launched a season-best on his final attempt, going 64-6 ½. That would be enough to leapfrog back up to eighth-place and earn one team point for the Huskies. It was also just an inch-and-a-half out of sixth-place today.
Wilson earns his first All-America First Team honor, with the highest shot put finish at NCAA Outdoors by a Husky since Ernie Conwell was fifth in 1996.
The men's 1,500-meter semifinals were far and away the fastest in the history of the national championships, and Sam Tanner played a part in that. The New Zealand redshirt frosh stayed near the back of his semifinal heat of 12 for most of the run, then made a push up closer to the front going into the final lap.
With the top-five automatically advancing, Tanner kicked past some more runners until there was a clear four in front of him and he was well clear of sixth-place. He came through in a blazing 3:38.37, his fastest outdoor time this season.

Tanner will be in the 12-man final on Friday at 5:11 p.m. By advancing, he also added to Head Coach Andy Powell's impressive list of 1,500-meter finalists. Powell has coached at least one runner to the finals in 12 of the past 13 championship meets, with 19 finalists over that time.
Sophomore Cass Elliott took several strides in his career this season, reaching the final site for the first time and finishing a career-best third at Pac-12s, but he couldn't keep it going today, as he finished seventh in his semifinal of the 400-meter hurdles, 22nd overall, in a time of 51.86 seconds. Elliott earns All-America Honorable Mention to cap his year.
The tremendous freshman year of Jayden White also wrapped up today in the men's hammer. White gained invaluable experience as the only true freshman in the field, but he had a pair of fouls and just one legal mark of 206-10 today to finish 24th, earning All-America Honorable Mention to go with his Second Team honor from the weight throw indoors.
Tomorrow the Huskies will have four women in action, all on the track. Madison Heisterman, Katie Rainsberger, and Darhian Mills will all look to advance to finals, while Haley Herberg runs the final of the 10,000-meters. Heisterman starts UW at 3:46 p.m. on ESPN2.
Washington Track & Field
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore. | Hayward Field
June 9, 2021 | Day 1 of 4
Men's 1500m Semifinal
Heat 1 of 2
5. Sam Tanner, 3:38.37 (Advances to Final)
Men's 400m Hurdles Semifinal
Heat 2 of 3
7. Cass Elliott, 51.86 (All-America Honorable Mention)
Men's Shot Put Final
8. Jonah Wilson, 64-6 ½ (All-America First Team)
Men's Hammer Throw Final
24. Jayden White, 206-10 (All-America Honorable Mention)