NCAA Track and Field National Championships Highlights: Day One

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Oregon star Elizabeth Brenner
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Yesterday was a busy day at Hayward, replete with personal bests and more than a few surprises.

Here are a few of the results and bits of information that you may have missed:

  • The Men’s pole vault was a duel between Ole’ Miss Sophomore, Sam Kendricks, and Oral Roberts’, Jack Whitt. Both vaulters cleared their first heights over 18 feet before Kendricks managed to clear the winning height of 18′ 8 1/4″. Whitt took a pass at that height and attempted to clear 18′ 10 1/2″. Both Kendricks and Whitt came up just shy on their final attempts leaving Kendricks with the best height cleared and the championship.
  • The Women’s hammer featured three Pac-12 athletes in the top five. The event was won by Chelsea Cassulo of Arizona State with a throw of 226′ 9″. Joining her on the podium were Jenny Ozorai of USC and Ida Storm from UCLA finishing in fourth and fifth place respectively.

Other final results from Wednesday:

  • Texas Sophomore and Oregon native, Ryan Crouser, took home the medal in the Men’s shot put with a throw of 66′ 7 3/4″.
  • The Women’s javelin was won by Freya Jones of Georgia with a best throw of 180′ 3″. Oregon super-frosh, Elizabeth Brenner, finished an exciting eighth with her new PR of 168′ 9″.
  • The Women’s long jump crown was taken home by TCU Jr., Lorraine Ugen, with a jump of 22′ 2 1/2″.
  • Finally, Women’s 5,000 meter indoor champ, Besty Saina, a Sr. from Iowa State, began her outdoor championships by winning the 10,000 meters with a time of 33:08.85. She will run for the indoor/outdoor double in the 5,000 meters at 6:15pm on Friday.

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