ALBUQUERQUE, NM -- Washington State redshirt junior Jesse Jorgensen finished in eighth place Saturday evening in the men’s 800m final at the NCAA DI Indoor Track & Field Championships at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
“Jesse put it all out there tonight and I couldn’t be more proud of him and how he closed out his very impressive indoor season,” Cougars distance coach Dr. Tim Riley said. “To see him achieve what he has worked so hard to accomplish is pretty amazing.”
Jorgensen, from Puyallup, Wash., ran a time of 1 minute 50.33 seconds after running a time of 1:50.79 in the Friday night semifinals. Mississippi State sophomore Brandon McBride won the men’s 800m title in a time of 1:48.17. Two weeks ago Jorgensen ran a lifetime-best time of 1:48.84 to become the upset winner in the men’s 800m at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track & Field Championships in Seattle. Jorgensen was the 16th and final entry accepted into NCAA Indoor Championships meet.
Jorgensen joins Joe Abbott as the only two Cougar men to earn indoor All-America honors in the 800m. Abbott finished seventh in the 800m at the 2011 NCAA Indoor Championships. Fellow Pac-12 member school Oregon won both the men’s and women’s team titles. Jorgensen scored one point for the Cougars men in the team standings.
A tape-delayed broadcast of the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships will air March 22 at 3:30 p.m. on ESPNU.