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Six Cougars Honored on USTFCCCA All-America Teams

Jun 13, 2022

NEW ORLEANS - Washington State outdoor track and field teams had six student-athletes formally recognized by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Association (USTFCCCA) as All-America honorees on Monday.

Valentina Barrios Bornacelli (first team, women's javelin), Micaela De Mello (honorable mention, 100m hurdles) and Aislinn Overby (honorable mention, high jump) received All-America recognition on the women's side and Mitch Jacobson (first team, men's high jump), Colton Johnsen (second team, men's steeplechase) and Jacob Englar (honorable mention, men's pole vault) earned All-America status for the men.

Student-athletes earned First-Team All-America status by finishing among the top-8 of their events – including as a member of a relay – at the 2022 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships this past weekend in Eugene, Oregon. Second-Team All-America honors went to those student-athletes who finished between ninth and 16th place.  Honorable mention went to those student-athletes who finished 17th through 24th in their respective events at Hayward Field.

Johnsen set a new PR to advance in the 3,000m steeplechase (8:31.64) on night one of the men's championships.  He would finish 11th-overall in the event to finish his collegiate running career with back-to-back All-American finishes in the steeplechase.

Barrios Bornacelli then set a new PR and freshman record (54.03m./177'-3") in the women's javelin to earn an eighth-place overall finish in her outdoor championships debut.

After suffering from a no-height in his second-career outdoor championships appearance in 2021, Jacobson bounced back to go out with first-team All-America honors after a personal-best jump of 2.21m (7'-3") and fifth-overall finish in Friday's men's high jump final.

USTFCCCA Outdoor T&F All-America Honorees:
Colton Johnsen - Second Team, Steeplechase
Jacob Englar - Honorable Mention, Pole Vault
Mitch Jacobson - First Team, High Jump

Valentina Barrios Bornacelli - First Team, Javelin
Micaela De Mello - Honorable Mention, 100m Hurdles
Aislinn Overby - Honorable Mention, High Jump

2022 NCAA Outdoor T&F Championships Recap:
Day One
- Men's Pole Vault Final | Jacob Englar –  5.30m/ 17'ft -4.5"inches, 17th overall 
- Men's 3,000m Steeplechase Semifinal | Colton Johnsen -  8:31.64, 7th overall [PR] 
Day Two 
- Women's 100m Hurdles Semifinal | Micaela De Mello - 13.15, 17th overall   
- Women's Javelin Final  | Valentina Barrios Bornacelli, 54.03m/ 177'ft-3"in, 8th overall [PR] [WSU FRESHMAN RECORD]
Day Three
- Men's High Jump Final | Mitch Jacobson - 2.21m - 7'ft -3" in, 5th overall [PR]
- Men's 3000m Steeplechase Final | Colton Johnsen - 8:37.38, 11th overall
Day Four
- Women's High Jump | Aislinn Overby, 1.77m - 5' ft - 9.75" in, 19th overall

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