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Daschian Takes 33rd in NCAA Championship 1,500m Prelims

Daschian Takes 33rd in NCAA Championship 1,500m Prelims

SACRAMENTO — Miranda Daschian opened the NCAA Preliminary Round of the Track & Field Championships for Cal Poly on Thursday evening, as the Mustang senior took 33rd place in the women's 1,500 meters at Hornet Stadium.

Daschian, the first of four Mustangs competing at the West Regional meet, finished eighth in Heat No. 4, at 4:26.85 — three spots (5.6 seconds) back of Utah Valley's Aisha Graham for the final automatic-qualifying bid to Saturday's quarterfinal round.

Arizona State's Bianca Tinoco secured the last at-large berth in advancing to Day 3, with a pace of 4:21.33, while Oregon junior Jessica Hull, the top seed coming in, lived up to her entry by posting the fastest first-round performance: 4:14.80.

Daschian — who earlier this month became the Big West's first woman in seven years to achieve the double win of both the 5,000 and 10,000-meter conference titles — moved up 15 spots from her 1,500m seed.

From Thursday's 24 qualifiers, 12 individuals will advance from Saturday to the NCAA Finals, hosted by Texas from June 5-8 on ESPN.

Daschian, a Psychology major from Atascadero via Cuesta College, will have her senior season of cross country remaining ahead this upcoming fall.

Also representing Cal Poly in Sacramento are Brooke Tjerrild (in the women's pole vault at 5 p.m. Friday), Abibat Rahman-Davies (women's triple jump at 3 p.m. Saturday) and Katie Izzo (women's 5,000 meters; 8 p.m. Saturday).