Henderson finished in 23.34
June 9, 2018 (Eugene, Ore.) - Ashley Henderson finished in sixth place in the 200 meter dash at the NCAA Championships Saturday evening at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.
“I ran with everything I had inside of me,” Henderson explained. “Of course I’m disappointed with my placement, but ultimately I’m more proud with myself because of how far I’ve come.”
Running in wet and windy conditions, Henderson finished in 23.34. USC’s Anglerne Annelus took gold with a time of 22.76. Harvard’s Gabrielle Thomas came in second (22.86) and Georgia’s Lynna Irby earned the bronze medal (22.92).
Although Henderson had to face a headwind of 2.3 meters per second, the rain did let up minutes before the 200 began. The track was still extremely wet though.
“These conditions weren’t too new to me,” Henderson explained. “Being from Missouri, I ran in weather like this all the time. But being in San Diego the past few years, we hardly train in weather like this.”
Henderson leaves San Diego State as a 12-time All-American (a nine-time First-Team All-American) and won a school record 14 Mountain West Championships. She also has four school records and was the Mountain West’s Most Outstanding Performer at the last five conference championships, a conference record. Henderson will now be joining the professional ranks with hopes of competing at the 2020 Summer Olympics.
THE NOTE I
Henderson earned the Aztecs three points with her sixth place finish. San Diego State has now earned points in seven of the past eight NCAA Outdoor Championships.
THE NOTE II
Despite the wet conditions, 12,998 fans came out to watch the Championships. The attendance for Thursday’s semi-finals was 9,702.
QUOTE OF THE MEET
“I’m proud to be an Aztec. That’s all I can really say. I’m extremely grateful for the support I’ve had at SDSU; the coaching staff has been phenomenal. The Aztec community has always has this unconditional love and support for me. I’m truly grateful for that. It’s been a nice journey.” Ashley Henderson
NCAA Outdoor Championships
Eugene, Ore. – Hayward Field
June 9, 2018
200 Meter Dash (-2.3)
1. Anglerne Annelus (USC) -22.76
2. Gabrielle Thomas (Harvard) – 22.86
3. Lynna Irby (Georgia) – 22.92
4. Ka’Tia Seymour (Florida St.) – 23.10
5. Kortnei Johnson (LSU) – 23.20
6. Ashley Henderson (SDSU) – 23.34
7. Deanna Hill (USC) – 23.53
8. Shania Collins (Tennessee) – 24.01