No. 16 Aztecs Advance at NCAA T&F Championships
June 8, 2017
EUGENE, Ore. -
Junior Ashley Henderson paced No. 16 San Diego State track and field, qualifying for two events in Saturday’s finals at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., Thursday. Henderson anchored the advancing 4x100-meter relay and moved on in the 100-meter dash in SDSU’s opening day of competition at Hayward Field.
The Aztecs’ day started off on the right foot with a sixth-place finish in the 4x100. Micha Auzenne, Simone Glenn and Rochene Smith put San Diego State in a solid spot as the race unfolded. As the anchor, Henderson pulled away from the pack using her lightning speed to secure her team’s appearance in Saturday’s final with a 43.76 time. The 4x100 final is slated for 3:32 p.m. (PT) Saturday.
One hour later, Henderson secured her second appearance in the finals with an impressive performance in the 100. Running into a 1.6-meters-per-hour headwind, the St. Louis native won the third heat, crossing the finish line in 11.25 to finish fourth overall. The 100 meters final is scheduled for 4:22 p.m. (PT) Saturday.
In the 200, SDSU’s pair of competitors were unable to advance. Henderson, who was one of only 12 competitors to run the 100 and 200, finished .10 second out of the final qualifying spot. She clocked in at 23.10 for third in the first heat and 10th overall. Glenn was 21st at 23.69.
Making her NCAA Championships debut in the 400 hurdles, freshman Andrenette Knight broke the 58-second mark for just the third time this season, racing to a 57.80 time for 11th.
The 100 hurdles saw Auzenne also finish 11th. The first Aztec to compete in the event at consecutive national meets since 2004-05 (Heather Heron), Auzenne clocked in at 13.27.
The final day of the NCAA Championships will broadcast live on ESPN and will stream live on WatchESPN.
2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
Individual Results (SDSU and winner of each event only)
Women’s 100 Meters Semifinals (out of 24 entrants)
Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles Semifinals (out of 23 entrants)
Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles Semifinals (out of 24 entrants)
Women’s 4x100-Meter Relay Semifinals (out of 24 entrants)
Women’s Pole Vault Final (out of 23 entrants)