EUGENE, ORE. — Indiana State freshman Katie Wise went up against four of the top 10 sprinters in the nation and three other conference champions in the first heat of the women’s 100-meter semifinals Wednesday, finishing seventh with a time of 11.48 seconds.
The Missouri Valley Conference champion finished 21st overall in one of the strongest fields of sprinters to race in the NCAA outdoor track and field championships.
The top four placers in that opening heat advanced to the finals Friday, including Central Florida junior Aurieyall Scott (11.00), Oregon freshman and Pac-10 champion Jenna Prandini (11.14), Texas A&M freshman Jennifer Madu (11.18) and Texas Tech sophomore and Big 12 champion Cierra White (11.19).
Central Florida’s Octavious Freeman ran the fastest time in the semifinals as she won the second heat in 10.99.
Earlier Wednesday, Indiana State senior Felisha Johnson began her final NCAA outdoor championships with a 23rd-place finish in the women’s hammer throw. Her best throw came on her final attempt when she went 185 feet, 6 inches. She entered the competition ranked 24th.
Johnson will be back in action Saturday as she competes in her best event, the shot put, which begins at 4 p.m. EDT.
Arizona State senior Chelsea Cassulo entered Wednesday as the top-ranked hammer thrower in the nation and she won the championship with a throw of 226-9. Illinois State senior Brittany Smith was second at 224-9, with Kansas senior Alena Krechyk third at 223-10.
Also competing Wednesday night was ISU’s Dustin Betz in the men’s 3,000 steeplechase semifinals.