SACRAMENTO—The second day of the NCAA West First Round saw Colorado send its first athlete through to Austin, Texas, and the NCAA Championships on Friday.
India Johnson, who was seeded 11th in the 10,000-meters, qualified for the NCAA Championships with a top 12 finish to close out the night. She stayed inside the top 12 for the majority of the race, running with a pack that pulled well in front of any challengers. Johnson crossed the finish in 32:44.12, placing ninth in the field of 48.
Bailey Hertenstein was the first Buff to qualify for Saturday’s quarterfinals on the day. She secured her spot in the 1500-meters with a first-round time of 4:13.48, finishing seventh overall. Hertenstein was in the fastest heat of the day, helping her earn a pass through to the next round. Her time would have been the top time in each of the three other heats.
Abbey Glynn displayed exceptional prowess in the 400-meter hurdles. She entered the race with the 12th-best time in the NCAA and was the top seed in the sixth and final heat. Glynn got out to a quick start in the first 200-meters and held Iowa’s Mariel Bruxvoort at the finish to win the heat in 57.15 and finish seventh overall. She will run Saturday’s quarterfinals, looking for a top-12 finish to advance to Texas.
Avery McMullen was the busiest Buff of the day. She pulled a double in the 100-meter hurdles and the long jump. Both events started at 7 p.m. MT, with McMullen opening with the hurdles. She finished sixth in her flight with a 13.62, before heading over to the long jump where she topped out at 5.86m (19-2.75) on her third attempt.
Amanda Opp got the day started in the women’s hammer throw. She threw a distance of 58.84m (193-0) on her first attempt and was seventh early on. Her first throw proved to be her best, but she found herself out of a qualifying position after the second heat.
Jada Green hovered around a qualifying spot in the javelin. She used a toss of 49.95m (163-10) on her third attempt to into the third position after the second flight. Her mark wouldn’t hold through the third flight as she dropped out of a qualifying spot.
The men will return to action on Friday. Caleb Niednagel getting things going in the steeplechase quarterfinals at 6:40 p.m. MT.
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