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State colleges: Utah runner Rosalie Waller qualifies for nationals in 800 meters
First Published May 30 2014 11:26 pm • Last Updated May 30 2014 11:26 pm

Utah’s Rosalie Waller placed third in the quarterfinals of the 800 meters at the NCAA West Preliminary on Friday in Fayetteville, Ark., qualifying for the NCAA championships next month.

Waller finished in 2 minutes, 4.76 seconds, narrowly missing her fastest time in the event. She ran the 800 in 2:04.71 earlier this season at the Drake Relays. Waller qualified automatically by finishing three-hundredths of a second ahead of Sonia Gaskin from Kansas State. Overall, the Utah senior placed third out of 24 competitors.

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BYU’s Shea Martinez finished fourth in her heat, but qualified for the championships by running one of the next three fastest times (2:06.13) among the three heats. Utah’s Ali Eisenbeiss finished eighth in her heat (2:11.20).

BYU’s Andrea Harrison qualified for nationals in the 3,000 steeplechase, finishing third in her heat (10:10.76).

Southern Utah’s Kayla Kovar qualified for nationals in the shot put and discus.

Kovar began her competition Thursday, throwing 52 feet 11.5 inches to finish 10th in the event.

On Friday, she recorded a mark of 174-4 in the discus to also finish 10th, for her second nationals spot.

The Ridgecrest, Calif., native also will compete in the hammer throw, her best event going into the meet, on Saturday, looking for her third national qualifying mark.

Utah State’s Nic Bowens qualified for nationals in the 100 and 200. He finished fifth in his heat of the 100, but qualified with a time of 10.21.

In the 200, he finished fourth in his heat but again qualified for nationals on time (20.95).

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