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Stephanie Cho advances to NCAA Finals

And grabs a PR as well!

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Good morning, Coug fans! Our Washington State Cougars Track and Field are down in Eugene this week looking to make their mark at the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

And this shouldn’t surprise you- we’ve got some speedy Cougs! Namely, Stephanie Cho. Cho is a Canadian senior who was named a 2020 MPSF Indoor Track & Field All-Academic Scholar-Athlete team. Cho secured her spot to advance in 400 meter hurdles finals with a personal record of 57.64 seconds! The final event is this Saturday.

This PR is not only an accomplishment for current advancement, but it also solidifies Cho’s fourth all-time in Washington State Track and Field history.

There are some other Cougs in the finals- in the 1500 meter race, senior Paul Ryan qualified for the finals, finishing third in the heat and ninth overall with a time of 3:39.12. Fun fact: “in the heat” refers to a group of athletes with similar times, running in the same event. And because there are so many athletes, they often break them up into smaller groups- or “heats”.

Colton Johnsen is the next Coug to advance- in the 3000 meter steeplechase. Johnsen ran top five in his race, and landed a PR of 8:32.11, and is a time that now ranks seventh all-time in school history. Also a fun fact: Olympic trial standard for this race is 8:32.00, which means he was just .11 seconds off from landing a number people need to qualify for the Olympics. Let that sink in. Finals for this event happen today at 5:24 pm.

Overall, Cougs are representing down in Eugene and none of us are surprised! I hope they stay hydrated and stretch, as we all should!


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