Daniels Finishes Eighth at the USATF Outdoor Championships
The All-American reaches the finals on her final throw.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Despite scorching heat, junior Katelyn Daniels finished eighth in the discus at the U.S. Track & Field Championships at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, California. The event was delayed several hours due to the high temperatures.
USATF Championship Results
Daniels fouled on her first attempt, while her second throw went 50.99m (167-3). She dramatically made the finals on her last attempt with a throw of 53.82m (176-7). She improved upon her mark in the finals, but remained in eighth place. Her second attempt in the final went 54.83m (170-10). The top three advance to the IAAF World Championships. Daniels finished second among collegiate athletes, as Stanford’s Valarie Allman finished third.
Last season, she concluded the discus competition in 10th. Daniels opened action with a top-eight throw in the discus in the qualifying round. After a second-round foul, she recorded a mark of 56.94m to make the final. Daniels long of the day came once again on her third and final attempt, sailing 56.38m.
The junior finished sixth at the NCAA Championships in Eugene on June 10. With the sixth-place finish, the Daniels earned her second-straight first-team All-American honor.
Former Spartan All-American Tori Franklin advanced to the IAAF World Championships in London by finishing second in the triple jump. On her final jump, Franklin jumped into second place with a leap of 13.80m (45-3 ½).
Another former Spartan, All-American Katie Landwehr, advanced to the finals in the 3,000m steeplechase. She finished 10th with a time of 9:48.70. She finished fifth in heat two to secure her spot in the finals. The finals will take place on Saturday, June 24 at 8:24 p.m. (ET). This is the second-straight year that she has reached the final.
The USATF Outdoor Championships continue at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento until June 25.