05/24/2019 | News release | Distributed by Public on 05/25/2019 02:04
KING BREAKS DOWN THE RACE
'Tonight went exaclty how I wanted it to go,' King explained. 'Going into this year, I wanted to reach the 9:50's mark at regionals to get a good spot into the national championships and so tonight was done perfectly.'
With the senior about 10m away from the heat leader, King made a last-leg surge for the heat win and an auto-bid into the championships at Austin on June 5-8.
'On that last lap, Prouse was ahead of me quite bit and the (stadium) announcer kept saying that the third- and fourth-place runners were closing in and so I just kept pushing,' King said. 'I got over the last water barrier really well and I figured I would at least have a chance to catch her.'
'I noticed she wasn't sprinting as hard and I didn't want to leave anything to chance so I kept sprinting through to sneak by her,' King said. 'Both Rod (DeHaven, coach) and I know I have an incredible kick so as long as I stay close and feel good, anything can happen.'
The feeling of going to Austin has yet to hit the St. Michael, Minn. native.
'It definitely hasn't sunk in yet,' King laughed, only a couple hours after the race. 'I was confident in my ability and felt good about my chances but there are a lot of talented girls and I was pretty nervous before the race.'
'But today was perfect.' King continued. 'My legs felt great, I got over the barriers really smooth and we got out to a good pace.'
As she sets her eyes on her second trip to the NCAA DI Outdoor Championships, she plans to have a different strategy than before.
'Last year, I went home for awhile and I think that allowed me to focus on other thing,' King explained. 'This year, I plan to stay in Brookings to train and focus on running.'
As she resets her focus, she feels her experience will carry her through to her goal this year.
'My goal last year was to get to the national championships, but then I didn't really have a goal after that,' King said. 'This year I want to be an All-American and I have the feeling and experience of being there and competing with the other girls.'
'I think the best way to describe her race tonight was courageous,' Coach stated. 'I don't think she felt great but really rallied to punch her ticket to Austin.'
'We are all happy for her to get through, especially with the degree of difficulty there can be on the track in this situation,' DeHaven explained. 'But she's a senior with a lot of maturity and knows what she has to do.'
'I think moving forward, she will rely on a lot of her experiences from last year,' DeHaven continued. 'I think she knows what she has to do and will be able to learn from last year to do what she needs to do.'
King's full-length race.
Jackrabbits will continue to compete throughout tomorrow at the NCAA West Preliminaries for a chance to join King and compete in Austin, Texas at the NCAA Championships on June 5-8.
- SATURDAY -
4x100m Relay: 18th - Quarterfinal - Saturday at 8:15 p.m. CT
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1,500m: 25th - Sr. (Quarterfinal - Saturday at 8:45 p.m. CT)
5,000m: 46th - Sr. (Quarterfinal - Saturday at 10:45 p.m. CT)
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JACKRABBIT INDIVIDUAL RESULTS (WEEKEND COMBINED)
100m - Men - First Round
43. Hilton, Coby (10.63)
Sophomore finished his 100m season by placing seventh in the opening heat of the 100m, 43rd overall. He becomes the second-ever Jackrabbit to compete in the 100m NCAA first round as teammate competed in the event last year.
200m - Men - First Round
41. Hilton, Coby (21.35)
Sophomore finished sixth in the second heat of the 200m first round in Sacramento. He becomes the first male Jackrabbit to compete in the event first male to compete in both the 100m and 200m at the west prelims and first to compete in the 200m.
800m - Women - First Round
38. Covey, Oksana (2:09.57)
Sophomore finished seventh in the fourth heat of the 800m competition, improving her mark from her 2017 NCAA West Prelim attempt (29th, 2:10.09).
1,500m - Men - First Round
8. Burdick, Kyle (3:44.95Q)
Senior was the lone Jackrabbit to qualify for the next round in the NCAA competition. He will compete in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 8:45 p.m. CT. He placed third in the second heat of the 1,500m to become an auto-qualifier into the next round.
Burdick finished 0.21 seconds from his season-best set at the Bryan Clay Invite and scored his best place-finish and mark in the first round of the event through his three attempts (qualified for the quarterfinals all three years).
He will compete in the quarterfinals on Saturday at 8:45 p.m. CT while also planning on the 5,000m competition on Saturday at 10:45 p.m. CT.
1,500m Past Results for Burdick
2019 - First Round (8th - 3:44.95)
2018 - First Round (23rd - 3:46.70) - Qtr. (18th - 3:46.66)
2017 - First Round (16th - 3:59.35) - Qtr. (7th - 3:48.15) - Semi - 13th (3:43.78)
3,000S - Women - Quarterfinal
6. King, Rachel (9:50.15)
Senior scored her sixth school-record reset by winning the third heat of the 3,000m steeplechase and finishing the quarterfinal round with the sixth-best mark in the west region. She cut 4.29 seconds from her previous-best set at the Stanford Invite earlier this season and will have the seventh-best time in the national championships with the best marks all coming out of the west.
She remains the only female Jackrabbit to compete at the DI national championships on the track and becomes the first Jackrabbit in west prelims era to qualify in back-to-back seasons, second in DI era since Sara Ackman did it the Midwest Regionals and West Prelims (2009-2010).
High Jump - Women - First Round
43. Eisenbeisz, Addison (5-05.00)
Freshman placed 43rd in her first-ever NCAA West Prelims. It's the best high jump mark by a Jackrabbit since Mary Wirth qualified for the NCAA Championships in 2015 (5-010.00).
Pole Vault - Men - First Round
14. Francom, Trent (17-01.00)
Sophomore finished just four inches away from the last qualifying spots into the NCAA Championships at Austin, Texas, 4.5 inches from his PR and school record, however, he improved his place-finish and mark from his first-ever NCAA appearance (28th, 16-04.75).
The last qualifying spots at the NCAA East Prelims was 17-01.00.
Hammer Throw - Men - First Round
39. Ammons, Logan (189-10.00)
Ammons finished 10th in the opening flight of the hammer throw, finishing 39th overall. It was his first career appearance in the NCAA West Prelims.