EUGENE, Ore. - Sophomore Kelsey Hayfinished 18th in the women's javelin at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Wednesday night. With that effort in the NCAA Final at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., Hay is set to become just the third outdoor All-American in University of Pennsylvana women's track and field history and the program's first in an outdoor field event.
Hay's first toss landed at 44.82 meters (147 feet), but she bettered that mark with her second effort. That throw traveled 47.28 meters (155-01 ft.) and remained her best through the final set of throws. The two-time All-Ivy honoree placed 11th in her flight and finished the year as the school record holder, the Heptagonal champion and the Heps meet record holder in the event.
Hay is set to earn honorable mention All-America honors when the USTFCCCA makes the official announcement early next week. The only other two Quakers to earn outdoor All-America honors were Leslie Kovach in the 5,000 meters in 2011 and Chris Lundy in the 3,000 meters in 1992.
In all, Hay would be the ninth women's All-American in school history and join Karyn Smith as the only Quakers to earn the distinction in a field event (Smith earned indoor All-America accolades in the triple jump in 1994).
The Quakers still have two more set to compete in the NCAA Finals of their respective events. Senior Maalik Reynolds and sophomore Sam Mattis will both represent the Red and Blue on Friday. Reynolds will aim for his fourth outdoor All-America honor in the high jump at 6:20 p.m., and Mattis will throw in his first NCAA Finals appearance in the discus at 7 p.m.
There will be a live telecast of the NCAA Championships on ESPNU beginning at 7:30 p.m. (EST) on Friday.
A full recap of each day's events at the NCAA Championships can be found at PennAthletics.com.