Herberg Finishes Seventh In 10k Final
NCAA Outdoor Championships
June 8-11 | Eugene, Ore. | Hayward Field
Schedule of Husky Athletes at NCAAs (all times Pacific)
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
4:13 pm – Heptathlon 800m – Ida Eikeng
EUGENE, Ore. – If there's one thing Haley Herberg doesn't mind doing, it's taking a long solo run in a championship race. Multiple times in her career, Herberg has gone straight to the front and made the rest of the Pac-12's or NCAA's best runners catch her. Herberg went for it again tonight in the NCAA final for 10,000-meters, and while she was eventually caught, she still hung on for a seventh-place finish.
Herberg scored in the NCAA final for the second year in a row, after finishing fifth in 2021. Her seventh-place finish earned two team points to get the Dawgs their first points at this year's NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field.
Herberg led the 10k for about 7,500-meters, and at one point had built a lead of over twenty seconds on the rest of the field. But national cross country champion Mercy Chelangat of Alabama caught her with six laps to go. Herberg was able to still battle her way to the finish in 33:20.33, finishing seventh for her fourth career All-America honor.
Earlier in the day, Carley Thomas and Anna Gibson both fell a couple spots shy of advancing to finals, while Makenna Barton and Ollie Thorner each earned their first All-America honors.
Gibson found herself boxed in late in a tactical 1,500-meter semifinal and couldn't quite track down the top-five over the final hundred meters. She finished seventh in her heat of twelve, in 4:22.42, and would earn All-America honorable mention.
Thomas also had to make some maneuvers on the final lap of the 800-meter semi and she ran out of real estate, finishing sixth in a time of 2:03.44. That was the ninth-fastest time out of the 24 semifinalists, but with a couple slower times from a different heat earning auto-qualifiers, which put Thomas 11th overall for Second Team All-America.
Barton, competing in her first NCAA pole vault competition, got clearances at the first two heights on her first attempt at each, making 13-3 ½. She was unable to get over 13-9 ¼, but wound up 15th overall for Second Team All-America. A month ago, Barton was just coming back off injury, and had not competed in more than two months. Now she ended her season as a Pac-12 Champion for a second time and a first-time All-American.
The final five events of the men's decathlon saw Thorner climb up three spots from his day one position, and get into the top-16 to earn Second Team All-America.
Thorner opened day two in 18th place, and started with a 110m hurdles time of 15.78 seconds. He had the 12th-best discus throw of 131-8, and then had his best finish with a tie for third in the pole vault, clearing 15-9 ¼. In the javelin, Thorner threw 168-6. One of his strongest events, Thorner closed with a 1,500-meter run of 4:24.59 for fourth-place. That all added up to a score of 7,473 points, good for 15th overall.
Friday, action shifts back to the men's events, with the exception of the start of the women's heptathlon, which features Husky All-American Ida Eikeng. Her first event goes at 1 p.m., while the first men's finalist will be Elijah Mason in the discus at 5:35. Three Huskies run in the 1,500m final at 6:12 p.m. tomorrow, then Brian Fay closes things out in the 5k at 7:55 p.m.
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore. | Hayward Field
June 9, 2022 | Day 2 of 4 (Women's Competition)
Women's 800m, Semifinal, Heat 3 of 3: 6. Carley Thomas 2:03.44 (11th overall; All-America Second Team)
Women's 1,500m, Semifinal, Heat 1 of 2: 7. Anna Gibson 4:22.42 (19th overall; All-America Honorable Mention)
Women's 10,000m, Final: 7. Haley Herberg 33:20.33 (All-America First Team)
Women's Pole Vault: 15. Makenna Barton 13-3 ½ (All-America Second Team)
Men's Decathlon Day One (Wednesday)
100m: 13. Ollie Thorner 11.05
Long Jump: 18. Ollie Thorner 22-2 ½
Shot Put: 16. Ollie Thorner 42-9 ¾
High Jump: tie-16. Ollie Thorner 6-2 ¼
400m: 14. Ollie Thorner 49.89
Men's Decathlon Day Two (Thursday)
110m Hurdles: 21. Ollie Thorner 15.78
Discus: 12. Ollie Thorner 131-8
Pole Vault: tie-3. Ollie Thorner 15-9 ¼
Javelin: 16. Ollie Thorner 168-6
1500m: 4. Ollie Thorner 4:24.59
Final: 15. Ollie Thorner 7473