SACRAMENTO — The Oregon women's track and field team is putting itself in good position to defend its NCAA outdoor championship in two weeks at Hayward Field.
The Ducks advanced two or more athletes in two events Friday during the second day of the three-day NCAA West Preliminary Round at Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium and had three more qualify for Saturday's quarterfinals in the 200 meters.
The top 12 finishers in the quarterfinals in each event advance to the NCAA Championships on June 6-9.
The Ducks qualified Makenzie Dunmore, Hannah Waller and Briyahna DesRosiers for the women's 400 at the NCAA meet after all three finished in the top six Friday. Dunmore won her heat in 51.25 seconds, the second-best time of the day, Waller clocked a personal record 51.76 for the third-best time of the day and DesRosiers ran 52.06 for the sixth-best time. Waller's time moved her from 10th to sixth on the school's career list.
Oregon also qualified Jasmin Reed and Ariana Washington in the women's 100 with times of 11.23 and 11.30, respectively. Reed's time was a PR and moved her from 10th to seventh on the school's career list.
Lauren Rain Williams, Washington and Reed all finished in the top nine of the first round of the 200 to advance to Saturday's quarterfinals. Williams won her heat in 22.93 for the third-fastest time of the day.
Oregon's Sabrina Southerland, the NCAA Indoor 800 champ, had the fastest quarterfinal time with a PR of 2:00.72 to easily advance to the NCAA meet. Teammate Susan Ejore, however, didn't finish in the top 12.
The Ducks qualified two men for the NCAA meet as Pac-12 Conference champ Cravon Gillespie won his heat of the 100 in 10.24, the fourth-fastest time of the day, and Orwin Emilien recorded a PR of 46.34 in the 400 to finish third in his heat and automatically qualify for the NCAA meet. Gillespie later won his 200 first-round heat in a PR of 20.61, fifth best in school history, to move into Saturday's quarterfinals.