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Cats qualify for NCAA Track Championships

Day three of the NCAA West Regional was wrapped up today and the Wildcats were able to add a few athletes to their trip to Eugene, Oregon for the NCAA Championships beginning on June 8th.

“Overall it was a fantastic weekend.” Head Coach Fred Harvey said. “This is the most athletes that we have had go to nationals for awhile now.”

Gerhard De Beer punched his ticket to Eugene with a third place finish at 193 ft. - 3 in. (58.90m).

Aaron Castle qualified for Eugene with a sixth place finish in the shot put and a season best mark of 62 ft. - 1.75 in. (18.94m).

“Aaron and Gerhard threw very well today. It was exceptional to see.” Coach Harvey said.

Both men and women’s 4x400-meter relay teams qualified for the championships. Gia Trevisan, Jasper Gray, Katelin Warren, and Sage Watson got it done with a time of 3:32.53 for ninth place.

Bryce Houston, Miles Parish, Michael Demby, and Collins Kibet ran the second-best time in school history at 3:05.44 for eighth place.

“After a disappointing 800-meter race we were really happy to see Collins come back and have the mental toughness to substitute for Blake in the relays.” Coach Harvey said. “He even ran a split of 46.08 seconds which was outstanding.”

These athletes will join Pau Tonnesen (decathlon), Alyssa Thompson (heptathlon), Sage Watson (400mH), Lisanne Hagens (High Jump), and Bailey Roth (Steeple Chase) in Eugene.

Watson was the first to guarantee her place in Eugene, winning her heat with the fourth best overall time in the 400-meter hurdles at 57.08 seconds.

Hagens joined her in the high jump taking sixth place at 5 ft. - 10.75 in. (1.80m). This is coming two weeks after Hagens won the Pac-12 title in the high jump.

Roth qualified for the men’s steeplechase after running a huge personal record at 8:45.96 for sixth overall.

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