Making strides

Jasmine Todd posted a 10.87 second time in the 100 meter prelim in at USATF Outdoor Championships.

This is getting a bit out of hand.

Jasmine Todd has now qualified for two events in the World Championships in China this August.

A day after finishing third in the 100 meters, the Chandler High product finished fourth in the long jump on Saturday.

Todd's long jump of 22 feet, 5 ¼ inches (and Oregon school record) on her fourth attempt Saturday at gave her a second world championships berth in as many days.

Normally only the top three placers in each event go to worlds but in special cases, where an American has earned an automatic bye into worlds by being either a reigning world champion from 2013 or Diamond League winner from 2014, the U.S. can earn four entries.

Brittney Reese won worlds in 2013 and had to only compete Saturday to qualify for Beijing. Reese finished second at 22-10 ½, well behind winner Tianna Bartoletta's 23-4 ½ jump, but her entry allowed for Todd to get in as the fourth qualifier.

Todd is the daughter of Mountain Pointe assistant coach Larry Todd, who has developed so many top horizontal jumpers that there is a hastag #JumpSquad associated to the group.

From Friday:

Jasmine Todd is feeling it.

The Chandler grad and Oregon redshirt sophomore was very impressive during the 100-meter preliminaries on Thursday and during the 2015 USATF Outdoor Championships at Oregon's Hayward Field.

She finished second in her stacked heat on Thursday with a time of 10.87 at Hayward Field.

Then on Friday she posted another 10.87 to finish third. By clinching the top three, Todd secured her spot on Team USA for the IAAF World Championship late-August.

“I knew I was capable of making it to the final," Todd told reporters. "Did I think I would make the to three? No,” Todd said. “I’m so excited and happy at the same time. This is my first world team and this is a big one to make it on.”

Todd didn't perform as well in the sprints at the NCAAs two weeks ago but was All-American in the long jump.

She was the Pac-12 Champion in the 100 but failed to get out the prelims after finishing fifth.

That certainly wasn't the case on Thursday as a late kick pushed into Friday's semifinals at 5 p.m., followed by the finals at 7:21.

The top three advance qualify for a spot on Team USA and earn a spot to compete in the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China this August.

Here is the link to Todd's interview after Friday's race.

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