EUGENE, Ore. -- Washington State’s Jesse Jorgensen finished 17th in the men’s 800m semifinals at the NCAA Championships Wednesday at Hayward Field in Eugene.
Running in the slowest heat of the day, Jorgensen, a redshirt junior from Puyallup, Wash., took an early lead and was in third place after 600 meters before being passed. He finished in fourth place in his heat in a time of 1 minute, 50.01 seconds, which was 17th among the three heats of eight runners. The top two placers in each of the heats and the next two fastest times advance to the Friday final.
Jorgensen, a 2014 indoor All-American in the 800m, has a lifetime-best outdoor time of 1:48.62, run at the WSU-Washington dual meet May 3.
The NCAA Championships continue with Cougars steeplechaser Andrew Gonzales racing Thursday, June 12, at 5:35 p.m. in Eugene.