LAWRENCE, Kansas—The first day of competition at the NCAA West Regionals finally got underway early Friday morning at Rock Chalk Park, after Thursday’s session was wiped out by heavy rains and a tornado warning that went through the city.
Officials worked through evening to come up with a revised schedule for the Friday portion of the meet, with both the men’s and women’s pole vaults to be contested indoors at Anschutz Pavilion, and the high jumps scheduled for Saturday indoors.
The lane races are affected by the jammed schedule, as only the heat winner and the six fastest times advance to Eugene. In the 1500, the top 2 in each heat plus the next four fastest times advance to the nationals.
In early action, Washington’s Katie Knight (left/photo by Paul Merca) punched her ticket to Eugene with a third place finish in the women’s 10000, running 34:22.87, as Dominique Scott of Arkansas took the win in 34:20.35.
Gig Harbor HS freshman Brenna Peloquin of Boise State finished seventh in 34:25.45 to get her spot to Eugene, with the top 12 advancing.
Senior Tyler King of Washington moved on to Eugene with a ninth place finish, running 29:57.00, as Edward Cheserek of Oregon won in 29:45.41.
Federal Way HS grad Hannah Cunliffe won her heat of the 100 meters in 11.13 to advance to Eugene. The Huskies' Kennadi Bouyer got the twelfth and final spot to Eugene, finishing second in a photo finish in 11.52 (11.518).
In other action around the country, Seattle Pacific's Lynelle Decker ran the fastest time in the semis in the 1500 at the NCAA Division II at IMG Academy Field in Bradenton, Florida, running 4:27.34 Thursday.
Central Washington's Dani Eggleston qualified for Saturday's finals in the 3000 steeplechase, running 10:26.12, finishing fourth in her heat.
The Nike Prefontaine Classic gets underway Friday night, with several distance races headlining the program, featuring the reigning world and Olympic champion from Great Britain, Mo Farah.
Seattle Pacific alum McKayla Fricker is entered in the USATF high performance women's 800.