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Two Advance, Four Earn All-American Status on Second Day of NCAAs

by Alma Solis

EUGENE, Ore. — The University of New Mexico track & field team earned four All-American honors and two final round advancements in Thursday’s NCAA Championships slate at Hayward Field.

Abbe Goldstein opened up today’s schedule of events as she ran in the first heat of the 1500m semifinal, earning ninth place with a time of 4:25.25 in the heat. Overall, she ended up in 21st to bring home Honorable Mention All-American honors.

In the second heat of the event, Stefanie Parsons also finished in ninth place in the heat, just two spots out of a time qualifying spot as she ran a personal best of 4:14.58. Her ninth-place overall finish gave her Second Team All-American honors in her very first DI championships.

The event that followed was the 3000m steeplechase. Adva Cohen competed in the first heat and just barely missed automatically qualifying on place as she finished sixth. Instead, she had to play the waiting game to see if her time was fast enough to get her to the final round. After the second heat, she officially earned that final qualifying spot based on her season-best time of 9:45.18. She will run in the final round on Saturday at 2:54 p.m. PT.

In the second heat of the 3000m steeplechase, Elise Thorner ran just fast enough to advance her to the final round. With a time of 9:43 even, she placed fifth in her heat to earn an automatic qualifier for Saturday’s final round. She will run alongside Cohen in the final round on Saturday at 2:54 p.m.

The second-to-last event of the night was the 10,000-meter run, in which Amelia Mazza-Downie and Emma Heckel competed. Mazza-Downie finished in ninth place with a time of 33:31.99, while Heckel earned 14th place with a time of 33:43.01. Both of them earned Second Team All-American status in the event.

On Friday, Rivaldo Leacock will compete in the 400m hurdles final at 7:27 p.m. PT as the only Lobo to run in final round of this event since 1978.

Saturday’s schedule will begin as Thorner and Cohen compete in the 3000m SC final at 2:54 p.m. The trio of Gracelyn Larkin, Heckel and Mazza-Downie close the championships out in the 5000m final at 4:25 p.m.

The top eight finishers in each event will earn USTFCCCA First Team All-American while the 9-16 finishers will earn Second Team, which will be announced by the organization next week.

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