Six from women’s track and field qualify for NCAA championships

Temi Ogunrinde, one of the six qualifiers, broke the program record in the hammer throw.

Jack Warrick

Emma Spagnola, Temi Ogunrinde, Angie Guenther, Emerald Egwim, Taylor Wiebke and Madeline Strandemo all qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon starting June 7.

“We’re just going to fine tune and get some rest,” said head coach Matt Bingle. “The hay is kind of in the barn at this point.”

Spagnola qualified in the 100-meter hurdles after a 12th place finish in the event at 13.20 seconds in the NCAA West Prelim in Austin, Texas that ended Saturday.

“It wasn’t the best race I’ve ever ran, but I got it done.” Spagnola said. “I had some good competition to push me.”

Both Ogunrinde and Guenther earned a trip to Eugene for their personal record tosses in the hammer throw event. Guenther took 12th overall with a 60.94 meter throw. Ogunrinde finished in eighth place, beating the program record for women’s hammer throw with a mark of 64.01 meters.

“To throw that off the first throw was just so exciting,” Ogunrinde said. “We put in so much work throughout the whole school year.”

Egwim finished seventh overall in the 400-meter dash with a time of 52.24 seconds, qualifying her for the NCAA championships.

Wiebke will be going to the NCAA championships for the first time after tying for seventh in the high jump with a height of 1.79 meters.

Strandemo will also make her debut in the NCAA championships. She finished fourth overall in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:10.68.