Colorado freshman runners Madison Boreman and Sage Hurta each earned a trip to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase Friday at the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas.
Boreman earned her spot at nationals after finishing third in the first heat of the steeplechase to collect one of the three automatic qualifying positions. Her time of 10 minutes, 11.7 seconds was good for fifth overall. Teammate Sage Hurta crossed the finish line in second place in her section with a time of 10:17.67 to automatically qualify as well.
"Madi Boreman running in the first heat, running really smart getting third as three automatically advance," CU coach Mark Wetmore said. "And Sage finishing second in the third heat to advance, both freshman steeplechasers on to Eugene."
Action from the track started off with Colorado's Jaron Thomas in the 110 meters. Thomas ran a strong race, finishing second in his heat with a time of 18.86 to automatically qualify for today's quarterfinals. Thomas finished 10th overall and will run at 6:20 p.m.
"Another pretty good day, starting off with a really good 110-meter hurdles with Jaron advancing tomorrow," Wetmore said. "I think he ran very close to his fastest sea level time. Good chance to get through tomorrow into the top 12."
In other action, the season ended for a couple of Buffs as they did not advance in their respective events. Nick Harris ended his stellar year with a 16th-place finish in the 800 meters. The Pac-12 champion crossed the finish line in 1:48.97.
In the 400-meter hurdles, Eriana Henderson finished ninth in her section with a time of 1:01.21. On the men's side, Thomas crossed the finish line in 51.65 to finish eighth in his heat. Thomas did not advance in the 400 hurdles but will compete today in the 110-meter hurdles.
In the one field event for the meet, Rajon O'Quinn closed out her season with a 26th-place effort in the high jump. O'Quinn cleared 5 feet, 8.5/1.74 inches.
"Rajon did well in the high jump, very near her second highest jump of the year and a jump that equaled the height that advanced," Wetmore said. "She had a few more than some of the others but, she doesn't advance but had a pretty good day."
2017 NCAA WEST PRELIMINARY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Mike A. Myers Stadium (University of Texas)
Men 110 Hurdles: (1. Aaron Mallet, Iowa, 13.42) 10. Jaron Thomas, 13.86
Men 800 Meters: (1. Emmanuel Korir, UTEP, 1:45.88) 16. Nick Harris, 1:48.97
Women 400 Hurdles: (1. Sage Watson, Arizona, 56.13) 27. Eriana Henderson, 1:01.21
Men 400 Hurdles: (1. Byron Robinson, Texas, 48.58) 20. Jaron Thomas, 51.65
Women Steeplechase: (1. Allie Ostrander, Boise State, 10:00.02) 5. Madison Boreman, 10:11.70; 10. Sage Hurta, 10:17.67
Women High Jump: (1. Shelley Spires, Air Force, 5-10.5/1.79) 26. Rajon O'Quinn, 5-8.5/1.74