June 7, 2021 –
The national championships in both men’s and women’s track and field will be held from June 9 – 12 in Eugene, Oregon. A total of eight athletes from four Philadelphia schools qualified to participate on Hayward Field. Take a look at who will be vying for a championship and when.
Wednesday, June 9
Men’s 1500 Meters at 5:16 PM
Casey Comber of Villanova will be in the second heat of the semifinal run. Twelve will advance to the final on Friday. The top 5 in each heat and the next two best times have one more race this season. Comber has a personal best time is 3:37.76 which ranks 15th overall. The top qualifier is Yared Nugese of Notre Dame who posts a 3:34.68. Nugese will run in the first heat.
Men’s 10,000 Meters at 7:38 PM
The run will be the final in the event. Villanova is represented by Haftu Strintzos who has a personal best of 28:52.71 which ranks 44th overall. The runner with the fastest time in the meet is Connor Mantz of BYU. He has a time of 27:41.16 in the distance run.
Thursday, June 10
Women’s 3000 Meter Steeplechase 4:02 PM
The largest Philly contingent is in this race with Grace Mancini of La Salle and Emma Gee of Temple running in the same heat of the semifinal event. Mancini ran a personal best of 9:50.73, the 18th best overall. Gee is ranked 30th with a time of 9:58.12. Also running in heat 2 is Courtney Wayment of BYU, the top qualifier posting a 9:31.37. The final is Saturday at 3:24 PM.
Women’s 400 Meters 5:00 PM
Isabella Whitaker of the University of Pennsylvania runs in the second heat of the semifinal round. Whitaker ran a personal best of 51.92 which ranks at #29. The top ranked runner is Athing Mu of Texas A&M who has a time of 49.68. The top two finishers in each heat will be an automatic qualifier for the final, and the runners with the next two best times run on Saturday at 4:02 PM.
Women’s 800 Meters 5:14 PM
McKenna Keegan of Villanova has the highest ranking of all the Philly athletes in the meet. She has a 6th best time of 2:01.25 in the event. The fastest qualifier is Michaela Meyer of Virginia who has a 2:00.40 which is the second fastest time of the season. Meyer runs in heat 2. Keegan is in heat 3. The top two finishers in each heat plus the next two best times participate in the final on Saturday at 4:14 PM.
Friday, June 11
Men’s High Jump 4:30 PM
The Friday schedule begins at the High Jump pit. Dennis Manyeah of La Salle qualified for the final with a height of 2.16 meters, number 39 in the event. The top jumper is JuVaughn Harrison of LSU who recorded a 2.36 meters.
Saturday, June 12
Women’s High Jump 2:30 PM
Sanaa Barnes of Villanova will be in the first event a final on the last day. Barnes is ranked #15 overall with a height of 1.82 meters. The highest jump is by Tyra Gittens of Texas A&M who has a 1.95 meters leap.
Look for the daily recap for these athletes in the upcoming days.
Written by: Glenn Papazian