Oregon women second after day two

AUSTIN, Texas – Jorinde van Klinken opened her final NCAA championships with a second-place finish in the shot put Thursday night at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas. She and her partner Jaida Ross scored 12 points in the test which, added to Alysah Hickey finishing in the long jump put the Oregon women second – 17 points – in the team race at the end of the second day of national competition.

The Ducks also advanced five to Saturday’s final, including the 1,500-meter trio of Klaudia Kazimierska, Izzy Thornton Bott And Maddy Elmore. In addition to the two stints qualifying for the finals, Oregon will have additional scoring chances with van Klinken in the discus and Taylor Choceck in the heptathlon.

Hickey recorded the first team points of the week with his fourth-place finish in the long jump. In sixth place before her last attempt, she managed a day’s best of 6.48m/21-3.25 to move up two places in the general classification. The result is a career-best showing at the NCAA championships for Hickey, up one spot from fifth in 2021.

In the shot put, van Klinken saved his best for round six with a throw of 18.48m/60-7.75 to move from fourth to second in the standings. The result matches her second national finish a year ago when she was at Arizona State. She returns to the infield Saturday at 5:35 p.m. (PT) for the discus, an event she has won the previous two years.

Ross also tied his NCAA ranking from a season ago, placing fifth overall with a best time of 18.11m / 59-5 in the second round. The Medford, Oregon native added another 18-yard effort on her fifth attempt.

The Ducks opened the evening session with a qualifying effort in the 4×100-meter relay. The team of Lily Jones, Jadyn Mays, Shana Grebo And Ella Clayton combined for a season best performance of 43.09, good for 10th place on the program’s all-time list. The team entered the week with a best time of 43.31 at the Pac-12 Championships.

The 4×100-meter relay final will begin Saturday’s television coverage at 6:02 p.m. (PT) on ESPN2.

The OU women went 3-for-3 in the 1,500 meters and will represent a quarter of the 12-runner final. In the first moto, Kazimierska was part of an overall finish in places two through five to secure a place in the next round. Behind her, Elmore charged in seventh position to grab one of the two places in time with another heat to go. Kazimierska finished in 4:09.84 while Elmore’s kick in the final 100 yards resulted in a 4:11.49 exit.

Thornton-Bott guaranteed his placement in the NCAA Finals by finishing fourth in the second run; the first five of each advance automatically. The Pac-12 bronze finisher crossed the line in 4:18.30 in a slower run – the top five were within seven tenths of each other – which ensured the finish of Elmore in the first inning would get up.

The UO trio will line up for a national title race on Saturday at 6:12 p.m.

Clayton and Grebo returned for the 4×400 meters relay, the last event of the evening, and teamed up with Katrina Wright And Shaniya Hall to qualify for the final. The team finished third in their heat but raced well enough to secure the fastest time of the field. Their time of 3:28.85 was just 0.01 off the season-best NCAA West prelims time.

The 4×400 meters relay final will be the last event of the week, scheduled to start at 8:21 p.m. PT.

In the first women’s result of the day, Shelby Moran finished ninth in the hammer throw. Sitting in 11e place after the second round of the second flight, the native of Sherwood, Oregon, gave up the one-day best measurement of 66.28m / 217-5 to advance to the final. By the end of the lap, Moran was in seventh place. However, she would not improve on that third-round effort and finished just out of scoring position.

Freshman Rafael Raap capped his first NCAA meet decathlon in 14e place with 7,607 points. He notched two more season records on Thursday with efforts in the 110-yard hurdles and pole vault good for four at the two-day meet in Austin. After a weather delay, Raap placed in the top four in discus and javelin.

In another near-finish for the OU women – this time in qualifying – Mays was 10e in the 200m semi-final. Short of the third run, she crossed the finish line in 22.73 but was just 0.04 from a lane in the final. Round three on Thursday produced five of the 10 fastest times in the run.

Following: Micah Williams will line up in the 100-meter final on Friday at 6:52 p.m. (PT) on ESPN2. The Portland, Oregon native is making this third career appearance in the NCAA Finals. Day three will also mark the start of the heptathlon for Chocek in his national competition debut. The two-day, seven-event competition begins at 12:45 p.m. PT with the 100-meter hurdles.

Thursday results

200 meters – semi-final
ten. Jadyn Mays – 22.73

800 meters – semi-final
22. Ella Nelson – 2:06.42

1500 meters – semi-final
5. Klaudia Kazimierska – 4:09.84Q
7. Maddy Elmore – 4:11.49q
15. Izzy Thornton Bott – 4:18.30Q

400m hurdles – semi-final
20. Shana Grebo – 58.18

4x100m relay – semi-final
7. Lily Jones/Jadyn Mays/Shana Grebo/Ella Clayton – 43.09q (SB) (No. 10 UO)

4x400m relay – semi-final
6. Shana Grebo/Ella Clayton/ Katrina Wrighth/Shaniya Room – 3:28.85q

Long jump – final
4. Alysah Hickey – 6.48m/21-3.25 (5 points)

Shot put – final
2. Jorinde van Klinken – 18.48m/60-7.75 (8 points)
5. Jaida Ross – 18.11m/59-5 (4 points)

Hammer – final
9. Shelby Moran – 66.28m/217-5


Decathlon – Day 2
14. Raphael Raap – 7,607 points
16. 110m hurdles – 15.18 (-0.6) (SB) (828 points)
3. Disc – 46.61m/152-11 (800)
17. Pole Vault – 4.41m/14-5.5 (SB) (734)
4. Javelin – 56.47m/185-3 (685)
15. 1500 meters – 4:45.75 (645)