EUGENE, Ore. – On day three of the four-day NCAA Outdoor Championships, the Husky track team picked up three more All-American honors, with Derrick Daigre reaching the podium in the 800-meters for First Team status. Second Team All-America distinction was won by Diamara Planell Cruz in the pole vault, and Liberty Miller in the steeplechase.
Daigre was the first Husky to make an appearance in the men’s 800-meter finals since Austin Abbott in 2008. The native of Kent went out of lane seven and got to the front of the pack with an aggressive first lap, and went into the final lap in a perfect spot, sitting third. But with 300-meters to go, Daigre began to lose ground, and tied up with 200-meters left. He had to settle for eighth-place, in 1:50.83. Still, Daigre earned the first point of the week for the Huskies and will earn a First Team All-America honor, his second of the year, after running on the eighth-place DMR team at the indoor championships.
Pac-12 Champion Diamara Planell Cruz took to the runway in her first NCAA Outdoor Championships appearance in the pole vault. The junior transfer and Puerto Rican product opened with a second-attempt make at 12-9 ½, then had a first effort clear of 13-3 ½. Moving up to 13-7 ¼, Planell Cruz missed her first two tries but came up with a clutch third attempt clean effort to stay in the mix. But going into an increasing headwind, Planell Cruz struggled at the next bar, and could not get over 13-9 ¼. She would wind up in a tie for 10th-place, after finishing ninth at the indoor championships. She’ll earn All-America Second Team honors.
The final woman of the week for the Dawgs was junior Liberty Miller in the steeplechase finals, the first of her career. Miller, from Simi Valley, Calif., was with the main pack for the first several laps but fell back a bit with four laps to go. She would wind up 10th in the 12-woman final, but still set a new lifetime-best of 10:03.34, the third straight race that she has lowered her PR. Miller will pick up All-America Second Team honors after earning honorable mention a year ago.
The final event for Washington this week will be the men’s javelin tomorrow after noon at 12:35 p.m. Junior Quinn Hale and sophomore Carson Fuller are both set to throw.
2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships
June 13, 2014 – Day 3 of 4
Eugene, Ore. – Hayward Field
Husky Men’s Results
800-meters (Final): 8. Derrick Daigre, 1:50.83 (First Team All-American).
Husky Women’s Results
3,000-meter Steeplechase (Final): 10. Liberty Miller, 10:03.34 (Second Team All-American); Pole Vault (Final): 10 (tie). Diamara Planell Cruz, 13-7 ¼ (Second Team All-American).