EUGENE, Ore. - UC Davis senior Rianna Goins placed sixth in the women's 800-meter race with a personal-record time of two minutes, 3.86 seconds, while sophomore teammate Erinn Beattie tied for 18th in the women's high jump at 1.73 meters on the final day of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, held at Hayward Field Saturday.
Each Aggie will earn All-America status from the U.S Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Goins claims first-team status for advancing to the top eight, while Beattie snares honorable mention by virtue of finishing among the 17th through 24th places.
Beattie, the 2017 Big West Conference champion and school record-holder in the event, cleared her first attempt at 1.73m (5-feet-8) but was unable to beat the 1.78m round. The human development student from Ventura, California, holds the Aggie benchmark of 1.80m (5-10.75), set at the conference championship.
Goins, also a human development major from Anaheim Hills, raced in the second lane of the 800 final. She finished the first lap in 59.15 seconds, then crossed the line at 2:03.86. That marked a significant improvement over her previous PR, the 2:05.42 at the NCAA West Prelim meet that sent her to the national stage. Goins also moved ahead of Raquel Lambdin for second on the school's all-time 800 leaderboard. Only Lauren Wallace, who went 2:02.91 at the 2013 national meet, has gone faster in an Aggie uniform.
This marks the first time UC Davis has had multiple track & field All-Americans since that 2013 season, when Wallace (first team), Katie Fry (second team, steeplechase) and Ashley Marshall (honorable mention, 100) each snared such accolades.
2017 NCAA OUTDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS, DAY FOUR
Hayward Field (Eugene, Ore.)
Winners plus UC Davis entrants are listed.
WOMEN'S 800 METERS FINAL - 1. Raevyn Rogers, Oregon, 2:00.02... 6. Rianna Goins, 2:03.86.
WOMEN'S HIGH JUMP FINAL - 1. Madeline Fagan, Georgia, 1.91m (6-3.25)... t18. Erinn Beattie, 1.73m (5-8).
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