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Rahman-Davies, Izzo PRs Earn 14th, 20th at NCAA Prelims

Rahman-Davies, Izzo PRs Earn 14th, 20th at NCAA Prelims

SACRAMENTO — Abibat Rahman-Davies almost advanced to the NCAA Finals on Saturday, taking 14th place in the National Championship Prelim Round for the women's triple jump, earning a career-best mark of 41 feet, 11.5 inches, before teammate Katie Izzo also had a PR, finishing 20th in the women's 5,000-meter semifinals with a time of 16:08.32 in Hornet Stadium.

Rahman-Davies landed her PR on her second attempt, moving into qualifying position through the conclusion of Round 2 while improving her No. 4 ranking in school history for the event.

A Political Science major from Rancho Cucamonga making her second straight NCAA appearance, Rahman-Davies ultimately was only two spots (two-and-a-half inches) back of qualifying — leading Flight 2 ahead of Bailey Demar of North Dakota State (41' 6") and Jessica Barreira from Arizona State (41' 5").

Michelle Fokam from Rice, after fouling her first two attempts, came through to take the 12th-advancing bid in the third & final round at 42' 2", edging out Chinne Okoronkwo of Texas Tech (42' 1.5") in 13th.

Chaquinn Cook from Oregon secured the No. 1 seed in moving on to Texas from June 5-8: 44' 4.75". Rahman-Davies defended her conference title on May 11, becoming the Big West's third woman in 36 years to repeat as a back-to-back triple jump champ. 

Later on Saturday night, Izzo took 10th place in the latter of the evening's two sections, bettering her previous best by 11.8 seconds. Izzo moved up from No. 9 all-time at Cal Poly for the 5,000m to No. 6.

Southern Utah's Angie Nickerson ran to Section 2's fifth & final automatic-qualifying trip to Austin (13th overall in 15:48.08), while New Mexico's Charlotte Prouse, seventh altogether, seized the last at-large spot in 15:43.56.

Allie Ostrander of Boise State won the West Regional crown at 15:30.94.

A Business major from Seal Beach, Izzo elevated 18 spots up from her seeding at her second Track & Field Prelims (as she also competed at Kansas in 2016 following her Big West title).