By Linden Moore

Highlights from the second day of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday, the first day of the women’s competition, included Kent State senior Danniel Thomas winning the shot put title with a throw of 62 feet, 10 inches, and sisters Christina and Danielle Aragon, of Stanford and Notre Dame, respectively, securing spots in the 1,500-meter finals in only their second race competing against each other.

Abigail Winn wrote about Thomas for Run Blog Run, and Sierra Webster covered the Aragon sisters for 406mtsports.com

Also for 406.mtsports.com, Isaac Gibson has the story on all five competitors from Montana, including Alyssa Snyder, who finished fourth in the 5,000 meters with a personal best of 32 minutes, 58.31 seconds.

Harvard sophomore Gabby Thomas used her pre-practice meditation twice before qualifying for the final of the 200 meters. Shawn Medow spoke to Thomas for the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

Senior Danielle Waldner finished fourth in the shot put  in her first and only NCAA outdoor championships on Thursday. Her teammate, senior pole vaulter Emily Grove, placed 15th after clearing only one height. Emma Childs recounted their bittersweet performances for the Yankton Daily Press and Dakotan.

Maverick Pallack wrote about Texas A&M’s Lindon Victor, who defended his NCAA decathlon title, for Grenada Sports, which covers athletics in Victor’s home country of Grenada.

Former Duck Nikki Hiltz qualified second overall for the 1,500-meter final in 4 minutes, 10.08 seconds. Linden Moore has the story on the Arkansas runner’s return to Hayward Field for the Santa Cruz Sentinel.

And the heavily favored Oregon women performed less well than they had hoped, but they are still on track to contend for the team title Saturday. Morgan Sudduth has the story on the Ducks’ day for Run Blog Run.