Jesse Jorgensen, a redshirt junior from Puyallup, Wash., ran the men’s 800m prelims in a time of 1 minute 48.86 seconds, runner-up in the second heat, and will race in the semifinals Friday night. Jorgensen had the 10th-best time coming into the first round and was an indoor All-American in 2014 in this event.
“Jesse looked like he was in trouble and had some labored running with about 200 meters to go,” Cougar Head Coach Rick Sloan said. “But he came to life around the turn and into the straightaway.”
Jacob Sealby, a redshirt junior from Wenatchee, Wash., qualified for the Friday men’s 400m dash semifinals after his prelim performance time of 46.97 seconds.
Erin Allen, a junior from Kenmore, Wash., advanced to the women’s 400m hurdles quarterfinals after running a PR time of 59.21, third in the sixth heat and 21st overall. Allen’s time is fifth-best in WSU all-time records. She will run in the semifinals Friday evening.
Abby Regan and Courtney Zalud will both compete in the women’s 800m semifinals Friday night. Regan, a junior from Coonamble, NSW, Australia, won the second heat in a time of 2:07.44 (10th on the night), while Zalud, a senior from Colbert, Wash., took third place in the fourth heat with a time of 2:07.59.
Ruby Roberts, a senior from Kinston, Wash., advanced to the women’s 1500m Saturday semifinals after running a prelim time of 4:22.49 which was second in the first heat and 15th overall.
“Abby and Courtney and Ruby all were very much in control during their races,” Sloan said. “They placed themselves in great positions to advance. Courtney looked the best I’ve ever seen her with really good turnover in her stride.”
Kristine Felix just missed advancing to the women’s pole vault final in Eugene. She finished tied for 13th in the after clearing the bar at 13-feet 3 inches (4.04m).
Competing on the track but not advancing Thursday included Cougar sprinters Andre McBride and Dominique Keel. McBride’s 100m dash time of 10.72 was 42nd on the day in the men’s dash while Keel ran the women’s 100m dash prelim in a time of 12.01, 38th of the field of 48. In the men’s 400m hurdles first round, freshman CJ Allen, the Pac-12 Champion, ran a time of 51.73 which fifth in the first heat and was 26th-fastest on the day. Twenty-four competitors will run in the semifinals Friday.
In other field event finals, Kyle Stevens had an off day with his best throw in the men’s javelin of 199-5 (60.79m) only 30th-best. Women javelin throwers Celena Ward and Kelsie Taylor were not among the top dozen. Ward’s toss of 150-2 (45.77m) was 21st and Taylor’s spear sailed 142-4 (43.38m) or 31st.
The NCAA West Regional Preliminary Rounds continue May 30-31, in Fayetteville, Ark. The top 12 from that meet advance to the NCAA Championships, June 11-4 in Eugene.