John Dressel places 14th for CU Buffs track in 5,000 meters at NCAA finals

Eduardo Herrera, two heptathlon competitors endure tough days


John Dressel tackled the always demanding challenge of competing in the 5,000 meter run just 48 hours after racing in the 10,000 meters.

In hot, grueling conditions in Austin, Texas, Dressel managed to at least hold his own Friday night at the NCAA outdoor track and field championships, finishing 14th in the 5,000 with a time of 14 minutes, 18.03 seconds.

Junior Eduardo Herrera, competing in the outdoor championships for the first time, suffered a tough run during the 1,500 meter final, finishing in 3:46.27 to place 12th in the 12-runner championship heat. Herrera finished nearly five full seconds behind winner Yared Nuguse of Notre Dame (3:41.39), and it also was well short of the personal-best time of 3:41.35 Herrera posted two weeks ago in much more favorable temperatures at the NCAA West Preliminaries in Sacramento.

After the first day of the women’s heptathlon events, CU seniors Michaela Wenning (3,159 points) and Maja Wichhart-Donzo (2,365) filled the final two spots of the 24-athlete field, though Wenning will be in decent shape to move up the standings when the event continues Saturday.

The Buffs will look to finish the NCAA finals on a high note Saturday while competing in three championship events. Steeplechaser Val Constien, who placed fifth in the event last year, gets things started at 4:54 p.m. MT, with fellow senior Gabby Scott racing in the final of the 400 hurdles at 5:57 p.m. Reigning NCAA cross country champion Dani Jones and junior Makena Morley will complete the championship festivities for the Buffs in the 5,000 meters at 6:25 p.m.