Dawgs Put Three Into Men’s 1,500m Final
NCAA Outdoor Championships
June 8-11 | Eugene, Ore. | Hayward Field
Schedule of Husky Athletes at NCAAs (all times Pacific)
Wednesday, June 8
12:30 pm – Decathlon 100m – Ollie Thorner
1:10 pm – Decathlon Long Jump – Ollie Thorner
2:00 pm – Hammer Throw – Jayden White
2:25 pm – Decathlon Shot Put – Ollie Thorner
3:40 pm – Decathlon High Jump – Ollie Thorner
4:46 pm – 1500m Semifinals – Nathan Green, Luke Houser, Joe Waskom
5:45 pm – Javelin – Roan Allen
6:30 pm – 400m Hurdles Semifinals – Cass Elliott
6:56 pm – Decathlon 400m – Ollie Thorner
7:08 pm – 10,000m Finals – Kieran Lumb
Thursday, June 9
Women's Events (plus Men's Decathlon)
11:30 am – Decathlon 110m Hurdles – Ollie Thorner
12:20 pm – Decathlon Discus – Ollie Thorner
1:30 pm – Decathlon Pole Vault – Ollie Thorner
4:00 pm – Decathlon Javelin – Ollie Thorner
5:46 pm – 1500m Semifinals – Anna Gibson
6:00 pm – Pole Vault – Makenna Barton
7:14 pm – 800m Semifinals – Carley Thomas
7:56 pm – Decathlon 1500m – Ollie Thorner
8:08 pm – 10000m Final – Haley Herberg
Friday, June 10
Men's Events (plus Women's Heptathlon)
1:00 pm – Heptathlon 100m Hurdles – Ida Eikeng
2:00 pm – Heptathlon High Jump – Ida Eikeng
4:00 pm – Heptathlon Shot Put – Ida Eikeng
5:35 pm – Discus – Elijah Mason
6:12 pm – 1500m Finals – Nathan Green, Luke Houser, Joe Waskom
7:43 pm – Heptathlon 200m – Ida Eikeng
7:55 pm – 5000m Finals – Brian Fay
Saturday, June 11
10:30 am – Heptathlon Long Jump – Ida Eikeng
11:45 am – Heptathlon Javelin – Ida Eikeng
2:05 pm – Discus – Beatrice Asomaning
2:41 pm – 1500m Finals – Anna Gibson
3:44 pm – 800m Finals – Carley Thomas
4:13 pm – Heptathlon 800m – Ida Eikeng
EUGENE, Ore. – Washington will have a quarter of the field in the men's 1,500-meter final this Friday, as Nathan Green, Joe Waskom, and Luke Houser all moved on yet again, advancing through the semis on day one of the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field.
Green was the 12th qualifier out of the West to Eugene, but he didn't let that limit his expectations. Once again the freshman put himself right in the middle of things in a fast-moving first semifinal. The field strung out early and Green hung with it in the middle. On the last lap he moved his way up into the top-five, and a great kick kept him there. Green kept pushing and came through in second-place, and his new lifetime-best time of 3:37.46 was also the fastest ever run by a Husky outdoors, breaking the school record set just earlier this season by Houser.
Houser won't lose sleep over losing the record, as he and Waskom both fought through the second semifinal for top-five spots to join Green in Friday's final. The race had a lot of moves and a lot of traffic but Waskom and Houser got themselves to the front with a lap to go and held on for top-five finishes to auto-advance. Waskom pulled up for second in 3:39.45, and Houser was right behind in fourth in 3:39.60.
The three will race in Friday's final at 6:12 p.m.
For Head Coach Andy Powell, this is, amazingly, the third time he has put three men into the NCAA 1,500-meter final. The prior two occasions came at Oregon, in 2015, and 2010 when three Ducks swept the top-three. Powell has also now coached at least one runner to the 1,500m finals in 13 of the past 14 championships, with 22 finalists over that span.
The first final today was Jayden White in the men's hammer throw. White put a big mark up right away. His first throw early in round one of flight one went 229-feet, 7-inches, just a few inches off his PR. After all twelve throwers from flight one, that mark was still the best. More of the higher-ranked throwers were in the second flight of twelve, and after those three rounds, White's mark was down to seventh, but that was good to make the nine-man final. Unfortunately, White was unable to improve on his fourth, fifth, and sixth attempts, and he got bumped to ninth during the final, finishing one spot off the podium.
Still, White was ranked 12th amongst the throwers coming in, and a year ago he was 24th overall in the hammer, so a ninth-place finish and a Second Team All-America honor was nothing to sniff at. White also was fourth in the weight throw indoors, earning two top-10 finishes in his sophomore season.
Cass Elliott, the Pac-12 400m hurdles champion, made his second-straight NCAA semifinals appearance. He had a difficult lane draw, running in lane two, the inner-most lane, but he battled to a fifth-place finish in his heat in 50.50. That was good for 13th overall, short of the final, but a career-best NCAA finish for Elliott, and worth a Second Team All-America honor.
Roan Allen made his NCAA Outdoor debut in the javelin but had a tough series. He had a best of 218-0 on his second attempt and that was good for 19th-place overall and honorable mention All-America.
Allen made a big impact in his one season with the Dawgs, earning Pac-12 runner-up honors and posting the third-best mark in school history with his PR of 246-2.
Closing things out tonight was Kieran Lumb in the 10,000-meters. The school record-holder was in the mix for nearly the entire race, but with two laps to go he couldn't make a move as the lead pack started to push. Lumb would finish 17th overall tonight, in a time of 28:36.31.
Ollie Thorner navigated the first five events of his first NCAA decathlon competition. He opened with a strong run of 11.05 seconds in the 100-meter dash, then long jumped 22-2 ½. Thorner equaled his PR exactly in the shot put, going 42-9 ¾. He then high jumped 6-2 ¼, and closed out day one with a 400-meter run of 49.89 seconds. That puts Thorner in 18th-place overall heading into day two with a total of 3,805 points.
The women's meet kicks off tomorrow in Eugene, with the first Husky on the women's side, Anna Gibson, racing the 1,500m semifinal at 5:46 p.m. Thorner will keep grinding in the men's decathlon, starting at 11:30 a.m.
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore. | Hayward Field
June 8, 2022 | Day 1 of 4 (Men's Competition)
Men's 1,500m, Semifinal, Heat 1 of 2: 2. Nathan Green 3:37.46 (Advances to Final); Heat 2 of 2: 2. Joe Waskom 3:39.45 (Advances to Final); 4. Luke Houser 3:39.60 (Advances to Final)
Men's 10,000m, Final: 17. Kieran Lumb 28:36.31 (All-America Honorable Mention)
Men's 400m Hurdles, Semifinal, Heat 3 of 3: 5. Cass Elliott 50.50 (13th overall; All-America Second Team)
Men's Hammer: 9. Jayden White 229-7 (All-America Second Team)
Men's Javelin: 19. Roan Allen 218-0 (All-America Honorable Mention)
Men's Decathlon 100m: 13. Ollie Thorner 11.05
Men's Decathlon Long Jump: 18. Ollie Thorner 22-2 ½
Men's Decathlon Shot Put: 16. Ollie Thorner 42-9 ¾
Men's Decathlon High Jump: tie-16. Ollie Thorner 6-2 ¼
Men's Decathlon 400m: 14. Ollie Thorner 49.89
Men's Decathlon Day One Point Total: 18. Ollie Thorner 3805