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Caicedo Shatters Hurdles Record, Six Cougs Qualify for Sunday Finals

Caicedo Shatters Hurdles Record, Six Cougs Qualify for Sunday Finals


BOULDER, Colo. – The Washington State track and field team competed in the second day of the 2024 Pac-12 Track and Field Championships, Saturday, May 11, at Potts Field in Boulder, Colorado. Two school records fell, six Cougars qualified for Sunday finals, and two WSU student-athletes made the podium in continuing action from the University of Colorado campus.
 
Graduate student Maribel Caicedo drew international attention with a lifetime-best 12.61 seconds, the fastest time out of the preliminary heats in the 100-meter hurdles. Caicedo’s time broke the Washington State school record, the Potts Field facility record, tied the Pac-12 Championships meet record set in 1988, and earned the Ecuadorian hurdler a qualifying time for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
 
Redshirt-junior Miceala De Mello raced to the second-fastest time in her preliminary heat and the 4th-best time overall to clinch a spot alongside Caicedo in Sunday’s 100m hurdles final, scheduled to begin at 12:40 p.m. PT (1:40 p.m. MT).
 
On the field, junior shot putter Nana Gyedu broke a 33-year-old school record with a 16.81m toss to set a lifetime best and claim silver at the Pac-12 Championships. Gyedu’s mark surpassed WSU Hall of Famer Georgette Reed set in Calgary in 1991.
 
Senior Caroline Jerotich also found the podium with a 10:54.51 time in the 3,000m steeplechase. Jerotich’s mark earned her a bronze medal and the Cougar women’s team six points.
 
In the men’s sprint hurdles preliminary heats, sophomore John Paredes claimed the top qualifying time in 13.66 seconds. Fellow sophomore Parker Duskin finished in 13.32 to earn a spot in Sunday afternoon’s final with the fourth-fastest time.
 
In the 400m preliminary heats, the Cougars earned finals qualifications on the women’s side from graduate student Jasneet Nijjar and on the men’s side from freshman Grant Buckmiller. Nijjar finished in 52.95 seconds and Buckmiller punched his ticket with a 46.08. The 400m finals are scheduled to begin at 12:55 p.m. PT (1:55 p.m. MT).
 
Three other Cougar men scored for Washington State, Saturday. In the shot put, junior Ronald Grueso Mosquera earned a mark of 17.64 meters and a fifth-place finish in the Conference championships. In the men’s 3,000m steeplechase, Kelvin Limo also finished fifth with a time of 9:18.37.
 
Graduate student Mason Mahacek had a strong start to the day in the…

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