Five Things to Watch
Women’s Pole Vault (4:30 p.m.)
If you’re wondering what happened to Arkansas twin sisters Lexi and Tori Weeks, fear not. The Razorback duo placed second and sixth, respectively, at last year’s NCAA meet, and both return to Hayward Field after getting married last summer. Lexi Jacobus is the favorite this year, with Tori Hoggard projected to place third. Other top contenders include Virginia Tech’s Lisa Gunnarsson and Rachel Baxter, plus reigning champion Olivia Gruver of Kentucky.
Women’s Javelin (5:15 p.m.)
Three-time Pac-12 champion Mackenzie Little of Stanford is the collegiate leader with a PR of 192-4/58.62m. Florida’s Avione Allgood is a sixth-year senior who has missed three seasons due to injury. Texas senior Haley Crouser, a four-time Oregon high school state champion, caps off her college career on the same runway where it began in 2010. Oregon State’s Destiny Dawson, of Cottage Grove, is the Beavers’ third NCAA qualifier since the program’s revival in 2005.
Women’s Long Jump (5:30 p.m.)
[if !supportLists]· [endif]This is a key event for Georgia’s title aspirations. The trio of Kate Hall, Keturah Orji and Tara Davis went 1-2-3 at the NCAA indoor meet, leading the Bulldogs to their first-ever national team championship in track and field. Florida can also pile up points with two title contenders in Yanis David and Darrielle McQueen, while the hometown Ducks are looking for points from sophomore Rhesa Foster.
Women’s 400-meter hurdles semifinals (6:00 p.m.)
At the age of 18, Kentucky freshman Sydney McLaughlin has already competed in the 400-meter hurdles at the 2016 Rio Olympics; ran the 400m leg for Team USA’s world record-setting distance medley relay team; and established the collegiate record of 52.75 seconds in the 400m hurdles in only her third race as a collegian. She is expected to be a “one-and-done” athlete at the NCAA level, so don’t miss your opportunity to watch this talented young athlete compete at historic Hayward Field.
Women’s 10,000 meters (6:38 p.m.)
Missouri’s Karissa Schweizer made her 10K debut in March, and now she’s looking to win an unprecedented four individual national distance titles in the same year after sweeping the 3,000m and 5,000m at the NCAA Indoor Championships. She will also compete in the 5,000m on Saturday. Among the top challengers are Alice Wright of New Mexico, Sharon Lokedi of Kansas, reigning NCAA champion Charlotte Taylor of San Francisco, and former South Eugene standout Erin Clark of Colorado.