Alaskans do well at NCAA Regionals, don’t qualify for Eugene
Alisha Allen and Molly Callahan of Fairbanks and Anchorage’s Silas Talbot each represented Alaska well at the NCAA D1 regional track and field championships.
In Austin, Texas, at the West Regional, Allen did twice as well as she did last year in the women’s long jump.
The University of Northern Colorado junior recorded her top mark of 19 feet, 9.5 inches to finish 22nd in the field of 47.
Last year she was 43rd.
Allen, of Lathrop High fame, won the Big Sky indoor title over the winter and finished second at the conference championships, where she set a school record of 20-5.25.
In the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, Callahan, a junior at the University of Arizona, clocked a time of 10 minutes, 48.56 seconds to finish 37th out of 47.
The former West Valley runner was coming off sixth-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships, where she turned in a PR of 10:27.83.
Last year Callahan qualified for the NCAA regional in the 5,000 meters.
At the East Regional in Jacksonville, Talbot made it to the finals in the 1,500 after qualifying in the prelims.
The Dartmouth College standout improved his time from Day 1 by five seconds to cross the line in 3:45.99.
Talbot, of Service High fame, reached the final after he outsprinted runners from Indiana State, Villanova and Duke to secure to finish fourth in his heat.
He is an All-American nordic skier making his second appearance at the East Regional for track.
The NCAA Championships are next week in Eugene, Ore.