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May 19, 2011

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    SEATTLE - Washington will have a crowded bus on the drive down to Eugene next week, as thirty-four Husky track and field athletes have made the cut for the NCAA West Preliminary Championships held May 26-28 at Oregon's Hayward Field. Selections were announced today by the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Track and Field Committee.

    This is the second year of the current NCAA Championships format, which splits the country in half for preliminary rounds. The East Prelims will also take place May 26-28, hosted by Indiana in Bloomington. The goal for all prelim qualifiers is to advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, from June 8-11.

    In each individual event there are 48 qualifiers at each preliminary round site, with 24 relay teams at each location. One or two rounds will be held at the two regional sites to whittle the field down to 12 individuals and relays who will move on to Eugene. Multi-events are the only events that qualify directly to Des Moines based on top scores, with Husky junior Jeremy Taiwo making the cut in the decathlon

    Washington's 34 qualifiers are five more than a year ago. Even more impressively, exactly half of UW's 34 participants will be competing at the NCAA Prelims for the first time in their careers. The 20th-ranked Husky men will be represented by 21 athletes with the UW women taking 13 athletes to Hayward Field.

    The goal is to finish in the top-12 in each individual event. Husky women currently ranked in the top-20 in their event are freshman Katie Flood (7th - 1,500m), sophomore Justine Johnson (17th - 1,500m), freshman Megan Goethals (13th - 5,000m), sophomore Lindsay Flanagan (13th - 10,000m), junior Amanda Peterson (3rd - Javelin).

    On the men's side, top-20 Huskies include newly crowned Pac-10 Champion James Alaka (12th - 100m; 17th - 200m), freshman Maurice McNeal (10th - 400m), UW's quartet of McNeal, Alaka, Colton Dunn and Ryan Hamilton (10th - 4x100m relay), senior Scott Roth (1st - Pole Vault), senior Kyle Nielsen (6th - Javelin), sophomore Joe Zimmerman (7th - Javelin), and sophomore Jimmy Brookman (14th - Javelin).

    Below is the complete list of UW qualifiers.

    2011 NCAA West Preliminary Qualifiers

    Husky Men
    James Alaka: 100-meters; 200-meters; 4x100-meter relay
    Julian Bardwell: Long Jump
    Jimmy Brookman: Javelin
    Joey Bywater: 1,500-meters
    Kasen Covington: Triple Jump
    Colton Dunn: 4x100-meter relay
    Robby Fegles: Pole Vault
    Gareth Gilna: 800-meters
    Ryan Hamilton: 4x100-meter relay
    Conner Larned: Discus
    A.J. Maricich: High Jump
    Maurice McNeal: 400-meters; 4x100-meter relay
    Michael Miller Jr.: 3,000-meter steeplechase
    Kyle Nielsen: Javelin
    Max O'Donoghue-McDonald: 5,000-meters
    Scott Roth: Pole Vault
    Ryan Styrk: 800-meters
    Jeremy Taiwo: 110-meter hurdles
    Angus Taylor: Hammer
    Colton Tully-Doyle: 5,000-meters
    Joe Zimmerman: Javelin

    Husky Women
    Elisa Bryant: Discus; Hammer
    Jordan Carlson: 400-meters
    Lindsay Flanagan: 10,000-meters
    Katie Flood: 1,500-meters
    Megan Goethals: 5,000-meters
    Justine Johnson: 1,500-meters
    Shaniae Lakes: Triple Jump
    Dominique Lauderdale: 100-meters
    Logan Miller: Pole Vault
    Taylor Nichols: Triple Jump
    Amanda Peterson: Javelin
    Jordin Seekins: Javelin
    Kayla Stueckle: 400-meter hurdles

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