By Adam Gonzales / UA Sports
EUGENE, Ore. – Sage Watson won the NCAA Championship in the women’s 400-meter hurdles on Saturday at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Lisanne Hagens and Karla Teran both earned All-America accolades in the women’s high jump as well.
“Sage completed an undefeated collegiate season with the best race of her life,” head coach Fred Harvey said. “I’m so proud of her as a young lady and she is one of the greatest athletes I’ve ever had the pleasure to coach.”
Watson clocked a personal-best time of 54.52, the No. 8 time the world, to win the 400-meter hurdles title. Watson is the first Wildcat to win an NCAA Championship in the event since Robin Marks in 1981. The Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada native entered the meet with the best time in the country at 55.01, then clocked the fastest semifinal time at 54.88 on Thursday before improving her time once again on Saturday to earn the win.
Head coach Fred Harvey, who works individually with the hurdlers, has coached an All-American each of the last five years. Watson is also the first NCAA Champion on the women’s side since Brigetta Barrett won the high jump in 2013.
Hagens earned a 10th-place finish in the high jump with a clearance of 5-11.5 (1.82m). It is the second-straight year Hagens has earned NCAA Outdoor All-America accolades. She competed in five outdoor competitions this season and cleared 5-10 (1.78m) in four of them, including a 5-10.5 (1.79m) clearance to win the Pac-12 Championship.
Teran, one of just four freshmen jumpers in the competition, failed to clear the opening height of 5-8 (1.73m). Nevertheless, Teran had an impressive freshman campaign as she earned honorable mention All-America accolades and earned a runner-up finish at the Pac-12 Championships. She cleared 5-8 or better three times on the year and her personal-best clearance of 5-10 (1.78m) came at the Horned Frog Invitational on April 15.
The duo became the seventh pairing in program history to earn All-America accolades in the same women’s high jump competition and the first since Barrett (seventh place) and Liz Patterson (second place) in 2010.
The Wildcats have had an NCAA All-American in the women’s high jump in eight of the last 10 years, including four NCAA Championships (Barrett – 3, Patterson – 1).
That concludes the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field season with the Wildcats finishing one National Champion and 14 All-Americans.
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