Fetherstonhaugh, Mitchell advance to NCAA Championships
Fayetteville, Ark. – Oregon State steeplechasers Grace Fetherstonhaugh and Kaylee Mitchell advanced to the NCAA Track & Field Championships on Saturday with outstanding performances at the NCAA West Preliminary Meet at the University of Arkansas.
Fetherstonhaugh won the first of three heats in 9:50.13 and finished third in the 47-woman field. Mitchell placed third in the third heat and fifth overall in 9:53.00. The top 12 advanced to the championships, set for June 10-12 at Hayward Field in Eugene.
It will be the second consecutive trip to NCAAs for Fetherstonhaugh, a redshirt junior from New Westminster, B.C. She placed seventh at the 2021 preliminary meet to advance, but she had to scratch at last year's finals because of illness.
It will be the first trip to the NCAA outdoor championships for Mitchell, a redshirt junior from Salem. She placed 35th in the steeplechase at last year's preliminary meet.
Earlier this year at the NCAA Indoor Championships, Fetherstonhaugh and Mitchell earned first-team All-American honors in the distance medley relay and second-team All-American honors in the 3,000.
Emma Nelson and Mari Friedman also competed in their respective events on Saturday, but neither placed in the top 12 to secure an NCAA berth.
Nelson placed 24th in the high jump at 5-7.25. Friedman placed 20th in the 1500 in 4:31.24, 12 seconds slower than her opening-round time on Thursday.
On Thursday, freshman Isabelle Esler took 15th and sophomore Ella Knott 40th in the javelin. Junior Anneke Moersdorf was 29th in the long jump; none advanced to the finals in Eugene.
The NCAA Championships are set for June 10-12 at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon in Eugene.
NCAA West Preliminary
Fayetteville, Ark. | University of Arkansas
Thursday's OSU results
Javelin finals: 15. Isabelle Esler, 160-9. 40. Ella Knott, 137-9.
Long jump finals: 29. Anneke Moersdorf, 19-7.25.
1500 prelims: 14. Mari Friedman, 4:19.45 (advanced to finals).
Saturday's OSU results
High jump finals: 24. Emma Nelson, 5-7.25.
1500 finals: 20. Mari Friedman, 4:31.24.
3000 steeplechase finals: 1. Grace Fetherstonhaugh, 9:50.13. 5. Kaylee Mitchell, 9:53.00.