Eriksen, Woolnough Set to Represent Utah at NCAA Championships
SALT LAKE CITY – Josefine Eriksen and Cara Woolnough are set to represent the Utah track & field team this week at the NCAA Championships (June 9 & 11) held at the reimagined Hayward Field. The first day of action on the women's side will air on ESPNU while championship Saturday will broadcast on ESPN.
NCAA OUT TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS
DATES: June 9 & 11
MEET SCHEDULE: https://bit.ly/3QeHwdA
QUALIFYING LIST: https://bit.ly/3x7Agat
START LIST: https://bit.ly/3NPC5zS
LIVE RESULTS: https://bit.ly/3ziAs9C
LIVE STREAM (JUNE 9): https://es.pn/3xwlVWN
LIVE STREAM (JUNE 11): https://es.pn/3zk0TeZ
TELEVISION (JUNE 9): ESPNU beginning at 6:30 p.m. (MT)
TELEVISION (JUNE 11): ESPN beginning at 2:30 p.m. (MT)
Eriksen will first compete in the semifinals of the 800m race on Thursday, June 9, at about 8:14 p.m. (MT) / 7:14 p.m. (PT) local while Woolnough competes in the 5000m on Saturday, June 11, at approximately 5:25 p.m. (MT) / 4:25 p.m. (PT). Should Eriksen advance to the finals, her race would start at approximately 4:44 p.m. (MT) / 3:44 p.m. (PT) prior to Woolnough. Both Utes will be making their first appearance at the NCAA Championships this week.
Eriksen and Woolnough will be the first pair of Utes to compete individually at the NCAA Championships since Brianna LeRoy and Amanda Mergaert did so in 2012. LeRoy finished 22nd overall in the high jump while Mergaert just missed the finals in the 1500m but finished her season garnering Second-Team All-America honors.
Sophomore / Stavern, Norway
- Recorded four new PRs this season (100m, 200m, 400m, 800m)
- Ran the fastest times for Utah this season in the 100m (12.04), 200m (24.20), 400m (52.72) and 800m (2:02.49)
- Also a member of the 4x400m (4:20.19), 4x800m (8:35.59) and DMR (11:17.92) squad that ran the top times this season for Utah
- Broke the 800m school record at NCAA West Regionals (2:02:49)
Senior / Brisbane, Australia
- Set new PRs this season in the 1500m (4:21.29) and 5000m (15:40.52)
- Broke the school record in the 5000m and moved into seventh all-time in the 1500m
- Was also a member of the 4x1600m relay team that broke the school record (19:11.37)
WEST REGIONAL REWIND
Josefine Eriksen had a solid showing at the NCAA West Regionals first running a PR time of 2:04.63 in the prelims of the 800m race before breaking the school record with a run of 2:02.49 in the quarterfinals to punch her ticket to Eugene.
Cara Woolnough ran a terrific race, going stride for stride with the lead group all evening before earning her spot in the NCAA Championships with a time of 15:50.80.
PLOURDE STARTS SUMMER WITH 1500M VICTORY
Sophomore Simone Plourde started her summer off with a bang, or victory to be exact, after taking home the 1500m title in the elite division of La Classique d'athlétisme de Montréal this past Sunday with a lifetime best mark of 4:15.53 at Complexe Claude-Robillard.
WATCH | Sophomore Simone Plourde turns on the afterburners to claim the 1500m title in the elite division of the @MtlClassique!!
— Utah T&F/XC (@Utah_trackfield) June 6, 2022
Plourde now turns her attention to the Canadian Championships, held from June 22-26 at McLeod Athletics Park in the Township of Langley, British Columbia. The Montréal native will have an opportunity to qualify for the World Championships and earn a spot to represent her country on a very familiar track in the reimagined Hayward Field.
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