SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It came by a slim margin but Oregon State’s Destiny Dawson has qualified for next month’s NCAA track and field championships.
Dawson claimed the 12th and final qualifying spot in the women’s javelin with a best toss of 163 feet, 9 inches at the NCAA West Preliminary at Hornet Stadium. Her mark was 33 inches better than the 13th position.
Dawson, a junior from Cottage Grove, is in her first official season of competition at OSU after redshirting last year following two seasons at Hawaii. She is the javelin school record holder at 168-11.
Dawson is the third OSU athlete since the program's revival in 2005 to make the NCAA championships, joining Laura Carlyle (2011-12) and Kara Hallock (2017).
Teammates Delaney Hall (24th, 147-0) and Kindel Bailey (47th, 123-11) improved on their seeds entering the competition. Hall was seeded 31st and Bailey 48th.
OSU’s Nicole Goecke finished fourth in her 800-meter heat in 2 minutes, 7.84 seconds to advance to the next round.
The top three finishers in each of Thursday’s six 800 heats plus the next six fastest times advance to Friday’s quarterfinal round, where the 12 national qualifiers are decided.
The top 12 in each Preliminary event advance to the NCAA championship meet, June 7-9 in Eugene.
OSU’s Colette Richter was 39th in the 10,000 in 34:48.73. That distance has just one Preliminary round.
OSU’s Juliana Mount and Kristiane Width are scheduled to compete in Friday’s 3,000 steeplechase, which also has one round.