Arizona track heads back to Eugene for NCAA Championships

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By Adam Gonzales / UA Sports

The Arizona Track & Field program will be sending 15 athletes to the NCAA Championships this week, which are held in Eugene, Ore. and will take place from June 7-10 at Historic Hayward Field.

Quick Hits: After competing in the NCAA West Regional last weekend in Austin, Texas, 13 Wildcats earned the right to compete at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. starting on Wednesday, June 7. Coming into the meet, Arizona has three student-athletes (Lisanne Hagens, Bailey Roth and Sage Watson) who sport top-six marks in the country, with Watson ranked No. 1 nationally in the 400-meter hurdles.

Canada’s Finest: Senior Sage Watson will be running in the 400-meter hurdles and will be a part of the 4×400-meter relay squad at the NCAA Championships. The Canadian Olympian currently has the top time in the country in the 400-meter hurdles after she clocked a time of 55.01 at the Pac-12 Championships, which gave her the title. At the NCAA West Prelims in Austin, Texas, Watson ran the fastest race with a time of 56.13. She will be seeded second in Eugene. 

Bailey and the Steeple: Pac-12 3000m Steeplechase Champion Bailey Roth has the second-fastest mark in the country after clocking a time of 8:38.83 the last time he was in Eugene. Roth enjoys running at Hayward Field as he has won a Pac-12 title there along with finishing in 10th at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships. 

Up Up & Away: The Wildcats have three high jumpers competing this week in Eugene in Lisanne Hagens, Karla Teran and Justice Summerset. The last time Arizona had two women’s high jumpers qualify for the NCAA Finals was back in 2010 when Brigetta Barrett and Liz Patterson both qualified.

Lisanne Hagens: Hagens qualified for her second-consecutive NCAA Finals in the high jump with a height of 5-10½ (1.79m). The two-time Pac-12 Champion did not miss one bar at the NCAA West Prelims and has the sixth-best jump in the country. 

Karla Teran: Teran jumped a height of 5-8½ (1.74m) but couldn’t clear 5-10½ (1.79m) for a new personal best at the NCAA West Prelims. However, she would enter a jump off as there was a seven-way tie for 11th place, in which she earned the 12th and final spot to Eugene by clearing 5-9¾ (1.77m). She is the first freshman since Barrett to advance to the women’s high jump finals.

Justice Summerset: Summerset cleared seven feet for the first time since April 8 as he jumped 7-0½ (2.15m) to take seventh place in Austin. He was the only freshman in the NCAA West Prelims to advance to the finals and will be one of two freshman competing in high jump in Eugene. Summerset is the first freshman men’s high jumper to advance to the NCAA Finals since Nick Ross and Edgar Rivera-Morales went as freshman back in 2011. Ross is also the last Arizona high jumper to advance to the finals, which was back in 2014. 

King of the Castle: Senior Aaron Castle punched his ticket to the men’s shot put finals with a toss of 61-5 (18.72m) on his first throw. Castle has been nursing a lower body injury for the past month or so, but he was still able to qualify for his fourth-consecutive NCAA Finals appearance. Coming into the meet, he has the 11th-best throw in the country (64.5, 19.63m).

Club 400: Both the men’s and women’s 4×400-meter relay teams will be competing in the NCAA Championships this week after earning automatic qualifying bids by finishing third in their respective heats at the NCAA West Prelims. They both set new season bests (Men: 3:05.28; Women: 3:34.71) in Austin. The women’s race was a doozy as Arizona was in sixth place entering the final leg, but Watson was able to make up three spots to send them to Eugene.

Men’s Team: Bryce Houston, Michael Demby, Miles Parish & Zakee Washington (Daniel Egbo alt.)

Women’s Team: Diana Gajda, Brena Andrews, Jasper Gray & Watson (Malia Bryant alt.)

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 7, 2017
5:02PM 3000M STEEPLE Men Semifinal Roth
6:40PM SHOT PUT Men Trials & Finals Castle
7:48PM 4×400 RELAY Men Semifinal Houston, Demby, Parish, Washington *Dan. Egbo

 

THURSDAY, JUNE 8, 2017
6:30PM 400M HURDLES Women Semifinal Watson
7:48PM 4×400 Relay Women Semifinal Gajda, Gray, Andrews, Watson

*Bryant

 

FRIDAY, JUNE 9, 2017
5:00PM HIGH JUMP Men Final Summerset
5:54PM 3000M STEEPLECHASE Men Final  
7:51PM 4×400 Relay Men Final  

 

SATURDAY, JUNE 10, 2017
3:00PM HIGH JUMP Women Final Hagens, Teran
4:57PM 400M HURDLES Women Final  
5:51PM 4×400 Relay Women Final  

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