Mason Returns To Podium In Discus
NCAA Outdoor Championships
June 9-12 | Eugene, Ore. | Hayward Field
Schedule of Husky Athletes at NCAAs (all times Pacific)
Saturday, June 12
11:00 am – Heptathlon Long Jump – Ida Eikeng, Lyndsey Lopes
12:15 pm – Heptathlon Javelin – Ida Eikeng, Lyndsey Lopes
3:24 pm – 3000m Steeplechase Final – Katie Rainsberger
4:43 pm – Heptathlon 800m – Ida Eikeng, Lyndsey Lopes
4:55 pm – 5000m Final – Haley Herberg
EUGENE, Ore. – Sophomore Elijah Mason confirmed his spot amongst the nation's best in the discus today at the NCAA Outdoor Championships, as he earned First Team All-America honors for the second time. Mason placed a career-best sixth overall to lead the UW men's team, as the men's side of the meet concluded at Hayward Field. Isaac Green also shattered the school record in the 5,000-meters tonight.
Saturday, the women's meet will bring the year to a close, as Ida Eikeng and Lyndsey Lopes wrap up the heptathlon, Katie Rainsberger runs the steeplechase final, and Haley Herberg goes in the 5k.
Mason joined training partner Jonah Wilson as First Team All-Americans for the Dawgs this week after Wilson took eighth in the shot put on Wednesday. The sixth-place finish for Mason is one spot up on the podium from his 2019 seventh-place finish.
His series came with plenty of drama, as Mason was sitting in 10th-place after two rounds, and needed an improvement if he wanted to get into the top-9 to earn three more attempts, and a chance to score. The Pac-12 Champion came through, going 189-4 on that third throw to move up to sixth. He had a 187-foot mark in round four, but then two fouls to finish, but no one was able to bump Mason down, as he scored three points for the team.
Elijah improves from 10th to 6th on his third attempt, getting into the final and earning three more throws!!
— Washington Track & Field (@UWTrack) June 12, 2021
The final Husky in action tonight was Green, making his NCAA Championships debut in the 5k. The pace was hot from the start, but Green kept in touch, riding a train that wound up producing career-best times for the top twelve runners tonight. Green came through in 12th-place in 13:27.26, the first Husky ever under 13:30. It smashed the previous outdoor school record of 13:35.20 set by Colby Gilbert in 2016, and was six seconds faster than the indoor 5k record set at this year's NCAA Indoor meet by Andrew Jordan, of 13:33.61. So both indoor and outdoor 5k records were broken this year at the national meets.
Redshirt freshman Sam Tanner earned his second All-America Second Team honor of the year as he competed in his first NCAA Championships final in the 1,500m. Tanner put himself in good position throughout, running just behind a trio of favorites. With 300-meters to go he went hard as the whole field was in a sprint, but he couldn't quite hold his spot down the homestretch and wound up 10th overall in 3:41.78.
The women's heptathlon got underway at 12 noon today with Ida Eikeng and Lyndsey Lopes both looking to rack up big points over the seven events.
In the 100m Hurdles, Eikeng and Lopes both won their heats. Eikeng, though, crushed her former PR with a time of 13.37 that was fourth overall, and a new No. 3 mark in school history. Lopes won her heat in 13.70, which was 12th overall, and four-hundredths faster than her hurdles time at Pac-12s.
The pair both cleared 5-5 ¼ in the high jump, not a season-best for either but not far off. Moving into the shot put, Eikeng got her second huge PR of the early-going. On her second attempt, she launched 47-10 ¾, a personal-best of almost three feet, and a mark that was three feet beyond the rest of the field. Lopes also had an outdoor PR of her own on her third attempt, going 36-4.
— Washington Track & Field (@UWTrack) June 11, 2021
After a break of a few hours, the day finished with the 200-meter dash. Eikeng set a big collegiate PR again with a time of 24.19 seconds to finish fourth overall, while Lopes had a strong run of 24.46 for seventh in that event.
Thanks to her trio of PBs today, Eikeng heads into day two in second-place overall with 3,672 points, though Texas A&M's Tyra Gittens remains a huge favorite and leads by 162 points. Lopes is in 12th overall out of 24 competitors with 3,364 points. The long jump, javelin, and 800-meters remain on Saturday.
Washington Track & Field
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore. | Hayward Field
June 11, 2021 | Day 3 of 4
Men's 1,500m Final
10. Sam Tanner, 3:41.78 (All-America Second Team)
Men's 5,000m Final
12. Isaac Green, 13:27.26 (All-America Second Team; School Record)
Men's Discus Final
6. Elijah Mason, 189-4 (All-America First Team)
Event 1, 100m Hurdles
4. Ida Eikeng, 13.37
12. Lyndsey Lopes, 13.70
Event 2, High Jump
9 (tie). Ida Eikeng, 5-5 ¼
9 (tie). Lyndsey Lopes, 5-5 ¼
Event 3, Shot Put
1. Ida Eikeng, 47-10 ¾
20. Lyndsey Lopes, 36-4
Event 4, 200m
4. Ida Eikeng, 24.19
7. Lyndsey Lopes, 24.46
Day One Point Totals
2. Ida Eikeng, 3672
12. Lyndsey Lopes, 3364