San Diego, California - San Diego State heads to Eugene, Oregon, this weekend to compete in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Five Aztecs qualified for the four-day meet, which begins Wednesday (June 5) at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.
SDSU doesn’t start competition until Thursday (June 11) when sophomore Nicole Oudenaarden and senior Allison Reaser begin the two-day heptathlon, and junior Jasmine Burrell competes in the discus throw. On Friday, day two of the heptathlon resumes, while junior Kristen Brown and senior Shanieka Thomas will compete in the pole vault and triple jump, respectively.
The heptathlon kicks off at 1 p.m. PT Thursday with the 100-meter hurdles. Oudenaarden is ranked third out of the 24 qualifiers with 5,721 points heading into the meet, while Reaser is seeded seventh at 5,637. Both Oudenaarden and Reaser set their season-best marks at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 16-17. The duo went onto finish 1-2 at the MW Championships last month.
Oudenaarden will be competing in her second NCAA Championships after taking 23rd last year as the only freshman to qualify. Reaser, meanwhile, is in her fourth straight meet after taking 18th as a freshman in 2011, sixth as a sophomore in 2012 and eighth last year as a junior. Reaser owns the school record of 5,813, while Oudenaarden is No. 2 at 5,774.
The high jump (2 p.m. PT), shot put (4:30 p.m. PT) and 200 meters (6:05 p.m.) will follow the 100 hurdles on Thursday. The second day begins at 12:30 p.m. PT Friday with the long jump, followed by the javelin throw (1:45 p.m. PT) and 800 (4:50 p.m. PT).
The discus throw starts at 2 p.m. PT Thursday for Burrell. Burrell, who will be competing in her first-ever NCAA Championships, has the 13th-best mark of 181 feet, 5 inches (55.31 meters) heading into the weekend. The mark, which came at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 8, tied her collegiate-best mark and is No. 4 all-time at San Diego State. The last time an Aztec competed at the NCAA Championships in the discus throw was 2012, when Whitney Ashley claimed the title with a toss of 196-10 (59.99m).
The pole vault gets underway for Brown at 3:15 p.m. PT Friday. Ranked 18th out of the 24 entrants in the event with a clear of 13-08.25 (4.17m)), Brown has finished first (four times) or tied for first (once) in her five pole vault competitions this season. Brown, competing in her first NCAA Championship final, claimed her second straight MW title last month and was perfect in all four of her attempts at the NCAA West Prelims on May 29.
Thomas rounds out the competition for SDSU with the triple jump at 3:25 p.m. PT Friday, where she is seeded second at 45-00.50 (13.73m)). Arguably the most decorated athlete in program history, Thomas will be competing in the event at the NCAA Championships for the third straight year and seventh meet overall (also 2011-14 indoor). Thomas, who yesterday was named the USTFCCCA Outdoor Women’s West Region Field Athlete of the Year, has won each of the past two triple jump competitions at the NCAA Championships (2014 indoor, 2013 outdoor) after taking second in the previous two (2013 indoor, 2012 outdoor). Thomas’ winning leap of 46-05.25 (14.15m) last year at the meet tied for the fourth-best mark in collegiate history.
In 2013, San Diego State tied for 23rd with Auburn with 11 points, a year after tying Tennessee for ninth with 21 points.
Live results for the four-day meet can be followed at http://results.flashresults.com/2014_Meets/outdoor/06-09-NCAA/. Additionally, parts of the meet will be broadcast on ESPNU and ESPN3.
2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
Hayward Field - Eugene, Ore. (Univ. of Oregon)
June 11-14, 2014 (SDSU competes on June 12-13)
24 entrants in each event
Thursday, June 11
1 p.m. PT - Nicole Oudenaarden, heptathlon - first day (has third-highest total of entrants at 5,721)
1 p.m. PT - Allison Reaser, heptathlon - first day (has seventh-highest total of entrants at 5,637)
2 p.m. PT - Jasmine Burrell, discus throw (has 13th-best mark of entrants at 181-05 (55.31m))
Friday, June 12
12:30 p.m. PT - Nicole Oudenaarden, heptathlon - second day
12:30 p.m. PT - Allison Reaser, heptathlon - second day
3:15 p.m. PT - Kristen Brown, pole vault (has 18th-best mark of entrants at 13-08.25 (4.17m))
3:25 p.m. PT - Shanieka Thomas, triple jump (has second-best mark of entrants at 45-00.50 (13.73m))