In the rain on the Hayward infield, Ealey set a school record of 17.99m/59-0.25 feet and finished runner-up in the shot put to finish her Oklahoma State career.
“I was going after a PR and the podium, and I did both, so it feels good,” Ealey said. “I think the rain made the ring a little slippery and people were getting stressed out, but I just remembered it’s raining for everybody and to just focus on my throw and not the rain.”
She leaves OSU as the most accomplished Cowgirl thrower in school history. During her four years in orange, Ealey set the record for the indoor and outdoor shot put, and threw her way into OSU’s weight, hammer, and javelin top-10 lists. She earned 11 all-conference honors, including a runner-up finish in the outdoor shot put this season, and threw for OSU three times at NCAA Championships, taking home first-team honors twice.
“It was an amazing day,” throws coach Lucais Mackay said. “She’s always been physically able, but on a day like this, the nerves can get to you and she went out and executed. It’s a tremendous accomplishment for her.”
It is her second first-team honor of her career and of the season, having finished sixth at the NCAA indoor championships back in March. On the track, the Cowgirls send Edwards and Loevnes to the finals of the 1,500-meter and 3,000-meter steeplechase, respectively. Edwards set the tone for OSU in the first open race of the day, finishing third in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:13.63.
“It was faster than I expected,” Edwards said. “But it was definitely a big confidence boost.”
The decorated Cowgirl will make her first outdoor finals appearance Saturday after just missing out on the 800 final a year ago. The time was a four-second personal best for Edwards, and she comes into the final having already won an NCAA title this year, taking the indoor mile crown back in Birmingham, Alabama.
Edwards has competed in a wide range of events this season and is the only member of the OSU track and field and cross country teams to run at all three NCAA Championships this season.
Cross Country All-American Ingeborg Loevnes made her Hayward Field debut in the 3,000-meter steeplechase semifinal, running in heat two. She finished in 9:59.13 to take fifth and automatically qualify for Saturday’s championship race. Loevnes qualified for the Championships last outdoor season, but missed the semifinal in the steeplechase due to injury.
The Cowboys return to action Friday as the men’s championship resumes. John Teeters will run in the 100-meter final and Cerake Geberkidane and Vegard Oelstad will run in the 5,000-meter final.
2. Chase Ealey – 17.99m/59-0.25
800 Meter Semifinal
14. Savannah Camacho – 2:05.42
1,500 Meter Semifinal
3. Kaela Edwards – 4:13.63Q
3,000 Meter Steeplechase Semifinal
6. Ingeborg Loevnes – 9:59.13Q