LA CROSSE, WI. – The first day of the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship went well in the Pomona-Pitzer Track & Field Program's favor as the Sagehens saw Andy Reischling and Jessica Finn take home All-American Honors while Danny Rosen qualified for the 3000-meter Steeplechase Final.
In the first event of the meet, Reischling grinded through the 10,000-meter run final as he managed to stay within the top-four for majority of the race. He looked primed to finish in the lead after burst forth in the final third of the race, going head-to-head with leader Dhruvil Patel of North Central College. However, Patel managed to hold the lead as Reischling finished in fourth place with a time of 30:36.14. Reischling took All-American honors in the event, his second of his career.
Danny Rosen ran a strong race in the second heat of the 3000-meter Steeplechase, taking third in his heat and fifth overall with a time of 9:19.29. It will be the second consecutive year Rosen has qualified for the final round.
Jessica Finn earned her first All-American honor of her career after taking sixth overall in the Javelin event. She posted a mark of 136-00.75 (41.47m), a big improvement from her mark in last year's NCAA (130-09).
"I'm so happy and pleased for Jessica, and so proud of her," said Head Coach Kirk Reynolds. "She has put so much time and effort into her throwing, so to see her earn All-American honors is thrilling. She came out today ready to compete, and conditions were tough in the javelin for everyone. Jess handled it so well! She came in ranked 17th, so to finish sixth is a remarkable testament to her."
Up Next: Carter Floyd will compete tomorrow in the 800-meter run preliminaries at 3 p.m. PST