EUGENE, Ore. — Two-time defending Big West Conference 1,500-meter champion Raquel Lambdin of UC Davis finished at 4:30.55 and failed to qualify for Saturday’s NCAA Women’s Track & Field Championships.
Her Thursday time at Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon was more than 10 seconds behind her 4:20.89 regional meet qualifying time in Fayetteville, Arkansas, last month.
The Camarillo High graduate finished last among 12 competitors in Heat 1 and 22nd of 24 athletes in the two afternoon stages.
It marked the junior Lambdin’s first trip to the NCAA finals.
Lambdin joined fellow junior Ashley Marshall in the college-finale meet. Marshall — twice the Big West women’s Track Athlete of the Year — finished 21st overall in Wednesday’s 100-meter semifinals. Marshall, from Moreno Valley, ran 11.51.
The top five from each of the 1,500 heats join the two fastest also-ran qualifiers in Friday’s final.
Arkansas’ Stephanie Brown (4:16.10), Cory McGee of Florida (4:17.56) and Linden Hall of Florida State (4:17.58) — all in Heat 2 — were the top three finishers.
Lambdin’s Western Regional time of 4:20.89 (the second-best Aggie all-time clocking) would have won Heat 1, captured by Villanova’s Emily Lipari (4:21.14).