SACRAMENTO — Oregon had five athletes secure a spot in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship meet during the first round of action Thursday at the NCAA West Preliminary meet at Hornet Stadium.
That included two in the women’s 10,000 meters as Carmela Cardama Baez and Weronika Pyzik finished in fifth and sixth, respectively.
The top-12 finishers in each event advanced to the NCAA Outdoor meet June 5-8 in Austin, Texas.
Baez finished in 33 minutes, 40.96 seconds. Pyzik crossed in 33:41.35.
Junior Rhesa Foster advanced to the NCAA championships for the third time with her fifth-place finish in the long jump with a mark of 20 feet, 6½ inches.
Sophomore javelin thrower Keira McCarroll made her second NCAA championship roster, grabbing the last qualifying spot available with a 12th-place finish at 158-0. Junior Max Lydum also finished 12th in the men’s hammer thanks to a PR throw of 210-6.
Tristan James wasn’t as lucky, finishing 13th in the men’s long jump at 24-7. The last three qualifiers all had a top jump of 24-7¾.
Oregon’s two biggest stars on the track had big days in their respective opening-round heats.
Defending NCAA 1,500 champion Jessica Hull posted the fastest time of the day at 4:14.80 to advance to Saturday’s quarterfinals.
Men’s sprinter Cravon Gillespie had the fastest time in the 100 prelims at 10.01. Also qualifying for Friday’s quarterfinals on time were Oraine Palmer, Rieker Daniel and Spenser Schmidt. Brianna Duncan advanced to quarterfinals of the women’s 100.
In the 400, Hannah Waller and Briyahna DesRosiers each won their heat to make Friday’s quarterfinals, and Venessa D’Arpino also advanced. Orwin Emilien qualified for the men’s 400 quarterfinals.
In the men’s 1,500, Reed Brown, James West and Charlie Hunter all advanced to the quarterfinals on Saturday.
Oregon State's Ann Wingeleth tied for 10th in the women's high jump with a PR of 5-8¾ to earn an NCAA berth.
The meet continues Friday and concludes Saturday