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WSU Cougars sending six to NCAA track and field championships

Chandler Teigen and Kaili Keefe each punched their tickets on the final day of regional preliminaries.

Chandler Teigen qualified in the 1500 meters.
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Big showings at the regional preliminaries sent six WSU Cougars into the NCAA track and field championships: Chandler Teigen (1500m), Brock Eager (hammer), and Sander Moldau (pole vault), Kaili Keefe(1500m), Stephanie Cho (400m hurdles), and Alissa Brooks-Johnson (heptathlon).

The championships will take place in Eugene, Ore., at Hayward Field from June 6-9.

Leading the way is Brooks-Johnson, a redshirt senior who finished sixth in the NCAA championships last season and has the fourth-best heptathlon score in the country this season, posted while winning the Pac-12 championship for the third consecutive season.

Moldau is a true freshman from Estonia who also won the Pac-12 and was the only pole vaulter from the conference to advance to the championships. Eager was a second team all-American last year and currently holds the 14th-best hammer throw in the nation this season.

“Overall, it was a great meet for us and I’m very excited about this group heading to Eugene,” WSU coach Wayne Phipps said.

Memorial Day

A holiday most commonly known for cookouts with friends and family exists to remember those who died in service of preserving the freedoms of the United States. WSU’s website hosts a long-running series on Cougar athletes who have given their lives for all of us. Perhaps you’d like to spend a moment today catching up with a couple of the 20 chapters. | Stories That Live Forever
The series began Memorial Day 2007 to convey some of the stories connected with the names on the memorial. All had an association with Washington State Athletics in some manner. Beginning Veterans Day 2008, the scope of the series was expanded to include Washington State student-athletes who have served, or are serving, our country. The series is not only written to honor the Washington State students who stories are told, it is dedicated to each name on the memorial, and to their stories.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Washington State 1500m runners Chandler Teigen and Kaili Keefe were the final Cougars to advance to the NCAA Championships during the third and last day of the NCAA West Region Preliminary Rounds at Hornet Stadium on the Sacramento State campus. Of the 48 competitors in each event, the top 12 advance to the NCAA Championships, June 6-9, at Hayward Field in Eugene.

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