T&F Women Finish Final Day of NCAA Championships
EUGENE, Ore. – The Washington State Track & Field program wrapped up the 2021 outdoor season from the NCAA Championships at Hayward Field where three Cougs from the women's squad were in action Saturday afternoon.
"Another awesome day by these three incredible student-athletes," head coach Wayne Phipps discussed. "Suzy has had a breakthrough season, scoring at Pac-12s and now earning an All-American honor. Stephanie culminated an amazing career with a PR, a top 3 all-time performance and a First Team All-American honor. Charisma rewrote the record books during her time at WSU and although today did not go as planned, her body of work this year has been absolutely outstanding. I am so very proud of these three women."
There is no better way to cap off an already incredible season than running a personal best in your last race of the year and that is exactly what Stephanie Cho did. The finals of the 400-meter hurdles was the final event for the Cougars at the NCAA Championships as well, and Cho did not disappoint. Stephanie ran a strong race throughout, ultimately crossing the finish line in eighth overall with a personal best of 57.48. That time now ranks her third all-time in Washington State Track history in the event, and Cho took home First Team All-American honors as well.
Suzy Pace began the day for the Cougars in the high jump finals during the final day of the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Pace easily cleared the first height of 5-feet 8 inches (1.73m) on her first attempt. Suzy then failed in her first two attempts at the next height, before soaring over the bar to record a new personal best at 5-feet 10 inches (1.78m). Unfortunately, Pace could not clear the third set height of 5-feet 11 1/4 inches (1.81m) and would finish 19th overall at her first NCAA Championship appearance. Suzy also went on to earn Second Team All-American honors in the high jump as well.
Charisma Taylor was up next as she looked to make a statement in the triple jump finals. Taylor's first jump would check-in at 42-feet 11 inches (13.08m) to get the opening round started. Charisma's second jump would end up being her best as she posted a mark of 43-feet 1 1/2 inches (13.14m), and her third went on to be 42-feet 9 3/4 inches (13.05m) as well. Taylor ultimately finished 18th overall in the event, earning herself Honorable Mention All-American honors.
"I have to give a huge shout-out to our department's medical staff," Phipps continued. "Especially Alanna and Maggie who have worked tirelessly to keep our team healthy and guide us through all of the Heath and safety protocols. Also, all of these opportunities could not have been made possible without the incredible support of our administration. What other institution has a C.O.O. (Bryan Blair) that would drive thousands of miles to show his support!"
400m Hurdles – Final: Stephanie Cho – 3:40.50 (8th)
Triple Jump – Final: Charisma Taylor – 43-1 1/2 (13.14m) [18th]
High Jump – Final: Suzy Pace – 5-10 (1.78m) [19th]
INTO THE TWITTER-VERSE
Incredible way to cap off the outdoor season, @StephanieCho97 runs a personal best of 57.48 in the 400m hurdles finals!🔥
— Washington State XC/TF (@WSUCougarXCTF) June 12, 2021
— Bryan B. Blair (@BtotheBlair) June 12, 2021
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