May 25, 2012
AUSTIN -- Washington State's Shawna Fermin advanced to the NCAA Final Championships while Shaquana Logan advanced to the quarterfinals Friday at the NCAA Track and Field West Preliminary Rounds at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin. The top 48 competitors in each event from the West region are competing in first round or quarterfinals during the three-day prelims with the top 12 in each event advancing to the NCAA Final Championships, June 6-9 at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
Fermin, a junior from Victorville, Calif., will make her debut at the NCAA Final Championships after her automatic-qualifying finish in the women's 400m dash. Fermin took third place in the first heat of the semi-finals, running a time of 52.97 seconds, the seventh-fastest time of the semi-finals. Earlier this month Fermin ran a lifetime-best 400m time of 52.66 for second-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships. Her conference meet time was the second-fastest time in WSU history.
Logan, a junior from Tacoma, advanced to the women's 100m hurdles quarterfinals after running a wind-aided best 100m hurdles time of 13.52 seconds (3.5 mps) which was 21st fastest in the first round. Logan will compete in the quarterfinal Saturday evening.
The Friday outcomes were not as favorable for other Cougar competitors. Stephan Scott-Ellis, a junior from Tacoma, who qualified in the men's long jump Thursday, did not qualify in the triple jump after landing only one mark in three attempts Friday. Scott-Ellis triple jumped 49-feet, 1 1/2 inches (14.97m) which was 31st best Friday.
Joe Abbott (senior, Reno) ran a time of 1 minute, 49.74 seconds in the men's 800m semi-finals, fifth in the first heat but 15th overall and the two-time All-American will not be racing at the national semi-finals.
Ramsey Hopkins' 110m hurdles time of 14.46w was not fast enough to advance from the first round. Ramsey, a junior from San Diego, was 44th in the Friday men's high hurdles races. Intermediate hurdler J Hopkins (senior, Everett) ran a quarterfinals time of 51.76, 17th overall.
In the 3000m steeplechase quarterfinals, Andrew Gonzales (redshirt sophomore, Kennewick, Wash.) ran a time of 9:01.09 for eighth in the first heat and 18th overall. Caroline Austin (junior, Chehalis, Wash.) ran a time of 10:41.79 for seventh in the women's second heat and 23rd overall while Ruby Roberts (sophomore, Kingston, Wash.) ran a time of 11:25.45 for 16th in the third heat and 48th overall.
High jumper Christine Rice (junior, Ridgefield, Wash.) cleared the opening height of the competition, 5-5 1/4 (1.66m) on her second attempt but did not clear the next height of 5-7 1/4 (1.71m) and finished tied for 41st. Fermin joined javelin throwers Anna Adamko and Courtney Kirkwood Simmons, and Scott-Ellis (men's long jump) in advancing to the NCAA Final Championships next month in Iowa.
Nine Cougars will compete in the final day at the NCAA West Preliminary Round competition Saturday evening in Austin.