UC Davis track and field will be represented by two athletes in the National Finals, which will be held at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa beginning Wednesday.
Senior Sarah Sumpter placed 12th at the NCAA West Prelim Meet at the University of Texas in the 10,000m run with a time of 34 minutes, 24.87 seconds.
The finish was enough to steal the last qualifying spot for the NCAA Finals in the event. Sumpter, already the Big West Women’s Track Athlete of the Year, will have a chance to further add to her running of accomplishments.
Also traveling to Drake will be Ashley Hearn to represent the Aggies in the discus.
Hearn’s 54.13m (over 177 feet) discus throw was a school record that earned her a ticket to the NCAA Championships.
The Rocklin, Calif. native held the previous record for the event with a mark of 52.7m (173+ feet).
Hearn’s monstrous throw at the NCAA West prelims was good for fifth place overall and first in her flight. She will have three more attempts at the NCAA final round.
The competition is a three-day event spanning from June 6 to 9. Sumpter is one of 24 competitors in her event while Hearn is also in a discus field of 24.
— Matthew Yuen