Arizona natives show day one of NCAA championships

EUGENE, Oregon – Homegrown talent from Arizona State Athletics led the way on day one of the NCAA Outdoor Championships at Hayward Field. From Tucson, Arizona TurnerWashington finished second in shot put, and rookie Dayton Carlson of Gilbert, Ariz., nearly set a program record en route to qualifying for Friday’s 800m final. Washington’s silver was the fifth medal of his career, and Carlson’s 1:47.45 was a personal best and :0.5 short of Pete Richardson’s program record of 1:46.95 in 1984. Washington is a first-team All-American again, and Carlson can achieve All-American First Team honors with an eighth-place finish or better in the Finals.

The championships continue on Thursday with the first of the women’s events. Beatrice Llano and Shelby Moran both clash with the hammer, followed by Jorinde van Klinken shot put and Adriana Tatum at 200m. All the action airs on ESPN this week.

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TurnerWashington did not defend his outdoor shot put crown, but he finished on the podium again thanks to the best lift of the season in the sixth round. Washington was third after three shots but used a huge final effort to reach 21.05m/69-¾ and take second place behind Adrian Piperi of Texas (21.52m/70-7.25). Alabama’s Isaac Odugbesan won bronze 20.48m/67-2¼.

Dayton “Daytona” Carlson continues to be one of the most electric racers in the country. Starting from heat two in lane two, Carlson actually crashed to last in the peloton during the race, but used a huge kick in the final 200 meters to excel ahead of the competition to finish third in the heat and eighth overall, qualifying on time. After opening his freshman campaign at 1:50.96, Carlson gained three seconds on that time and is now one of only two freshmen to make the 800m final.

ASU had runners in the 400m. justin robinson and Gamali Felix both had strong showings at the NCAA West Preliminaries but were unable to continue in Eugene where they finished 18th and 24th respectively.