Gabby Scott, Val Constien advance to NCAA finals for CU Buffs track and field

Elissa Mann falls short of repeat finals bid in 800 meter un

Gabby Scott decided to head to Texas with another record under her belt.

The senior hurdler from the Colorado track and field team earned her first berth in the NCAA Championships in impressive fashion Friday night, breaking her own school record in the 400 meter hurdles while finishing second overall in the quarterfinal heat at the NCAA West Preliminaries at Sacramento State University.

The NCAA Championships begin June 5 in Austin, Texas.

Scott hit the finish line in 56.51 seconds, edging her team record of 56.82. Teammate Eriana Henderson narrowly missed joining Scott at the finals, placing 15th overall with a time of 57.67 — just 0.20 off the final qualifying spot.

Val Constien pushed the CU program’s excellence in the steeplechase to the next level once again, finishing third overall in 9 minutes, 44.51 seconds. Constien placed fifth at nationals last year.

Scott and Constien join a CU contingent at the NCAA finals already set to include distance runners Kaitlyn Benner and Makena Morley from the women’s team and John Dressel and Ryan Forsyth from the men’s squad, all of whom qualified in the 1,500-meter run.

If there was an unexpected setback for the Buffs on Friday it was in the women’s 800-meter run, as Elissa Mann, who placed 17th at nationals last year, missed the cut.

On Saturday, a several Buffs competitors will take aim at championship berths. In the 1,500-meter races, Karina Mann and Eduardo Herrera will attempt to push through to the championships. In the women’s 5,000-meter run, Benner and Morley will look to advance alongside reigning NCAA cross country champ Dani Jones. Dressel and Forsyth also will look to add another championship berth in the 5K, while the Buffs’ men’s and women’s teams aim to advance in the 4 x 400 relay.