Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Collegiate season roars to climactic finish in Eugene starting Wednesday...

The collegiate track and field season comes to a climax beginning Wednesday at Historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon, as the NCAA Division I track & field championships begins its four-day run.

Under a format started last year to make it easier for fans to follow, the men’s championship meet will be contested Wednesday and Friday, while the women’s championship meet will take place Thursday and Saturday. The men’s decathlon goes Wednesday/Thursday, and the women’s heptathlon Friday/Saturday.

The University of Washington will send 16 athletes (9 men, 7 women) down Interstate 5 to Eugene, led by 1500 meter runner Izaic Yorks (left/photo by Paul Merca), who is the collegiate leader in the 1500 entering the championship meet at 3:37.74, and was named by the USTFCCCA as its west region men’s track athlete of the year.

On the field, the Husky men will have the reigning NCAA indoor pole vault champ Jax Thoirs in the field, as he attempts to add a matching outdoor title.

Washington State will only have two competitors in Eugene, in two-time Pac-12 400 hurdles champ CJ Allen, and Liz Harper, who competes in both the heptathlon and the high jump.  Decathlete Dino Dodig qualified for the championships, but withdrew with an injury.

The only other Washington D1 school with a representative in the meet is Gonzaga, as steeplechaser Shelby Mills from Snohomish makes her second straight appearance at the nationals, and looks to earn an Olympic Trials qualifying mark.

Among Washington athletes competing at the national championships include Tacoma’s Marcus Chambers (Oregon) in the 400 and 4 x 100; Puyallup’s David Elliott (Boise State) in the 1500; Federal Way’s Hannah Cunliffe (Oregon) in the 100 and 4 x 100 relay;  Olympia’s Brooke Feldmeier (Oregon) in the 800; Gig Harbor’s Brenna Peloquin (Boise State) in the 5000 and 10000; and Montesano’s Tera Novy (USC) in the discus.

Here is the complete list of athletes competing at the NCAA championships along with their start times.


M 4 x 100 semis (4:32 pm)—Marcus Chambers
M 1500 semis (4:46 pm)—David Elliott, Izaic Yorks, Blake Nelson
M Pole Vault finals (5:00 pm)—Jax Thoirs
M 3000 steeple semis (5:02 pm)—Aaron Nelson, Andrew Gardner
M Javelin finals (5:45 pm)—Quinn Hale, Carson Fuller
M 400 semis (6:00 pm)—Chambers
M 400 H semis (6:30 pm)—CJ Allen
M 10000 finals (7:08 pm)—Tyler King


W 4 x 100 semis (4:32 pm)—Hannah Cunliffe
W 1500 semis (4:46 pm)—Amy-Eloise Neale, Anna Maxwell
W Pole Vault finals (5:00 pm)—Liz Quick
W 3000 steeple semis (5:02 pm)—Charlotte Prouse, Shelby Mills
W 100 semis (5:46 pm)—Cunliffe, Kennadi Bouyer
W 800 semis (6:14 pm)—Baylee Mires, Brooke Feldmeier
W 10000 finals (7:08 pm)—Katie Knight, Brenna Peloquin


W heptathlon (12:30 pm)—Liz Harper
M 5000 finals (7:25 pm)—Colby Gilbert


W Heptathlon (11:30 am)—Harper
W High Jump finals (3:00 pm)—Harper
W Discus finals (3:05 pm)—Tera Novy

W 5000 finals (5:25 pm)—Peloquin

The ESPN family of networks will offer live coverage of the NCAA championships both over-the-air and online each day.  The television schedule is linked here.

NOTE:  Additional Friday and Saturday competitors will be updated after the semi-final rounds on Wednesday and Thursday.

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