EUGENE, Oregon — The Oregon Ducks’ Deajah Stevens and Ariana Washington are heading to two separate finals on Saturday from the NCAA Track and Field Championships. Both will compete in the 100m and 200m finales.
In their first race, Ariana Washington placed third (11.26) in the 100m second heat. Her Duck teammate in the lane next to her, Deajah Stevens finished in fourth place (11.29). Both qualified and advanced to the finals for 100m. They were the fastest two non-automatic qualifiers.
After her 100m fourth place finish, Stevens dominated the second heat of the 200m. She won the semifinal race with the fastest time of the group (22.31) in her strongest event. The electric talent qualified for the finals in both the 100m and 200m.
“We trained for it,” said Stevens. “I’m ready for the weekend.”
Washington, who placed third in their earlier race, finished in third place (22.60) for the 100m second heat, just outside automatic qualifying. However, she once again qualified with an outstanding finish in both races.
Washington will try to defend her titles in both the 100m and 200m.
“You have to go out there and run like practice,” said Washington, the reigning NCAA Champion. “I think it helps having a teammate (like Stevens). We go through the same thing. Our last 365 days of the year have been pretty identical to each other.”
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