EUGENE, Ore. — Amanda Jaynes found herself just a few lanes away from Olympian Sydney McLaughlin on Thursday evening, but running against the fastest female 400-meter hurdles runner in the nation wasn’t enough to spark Jaynes to the finals at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
The Montana State senior finished seventh in the third heat, posting a time of 59.33 seconds to finish 21st overall.
Jaynes, who began her high school career at Missoula Sentinel before moving to Steilacoom (Washington) High, was placed in Lane 1 of the 400-meter hurdle semifinals during her NCAA Outdoor debut. Jaynes won Big Sky Conference championships in the 100- and 400-meter hurdles, then placed 10th at the West Regional to advance to the final weekend of the year at Hayward Field. She was seeded 22nd of the 24 runners with her qualifying time of 58.22.
Jaynes became the 10th female athlete from Montana State to compete at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Bobcats’ Kyle Douglass competes in the men’s discus on Friday evening.
The top two finishers in each heat, along with the next two fastest times, advanced to the finals on Saturday. The race is scheduled to begin at 5:32 p.m. (MST). The top eight finishers in each event earn first-team all-American status, while athletes who place between ninth and 16th are named second-team all-American. All other participants garner honorable mention accolades.
— Montana State TF/XC (@MSUBobcatsTFXC) June 8, 2018