SEATTLE - The culmination of a long season marks just another beginning for more than thirty Husky track and field athletes, as the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Championships begin with the West Preliminaries this Thursday through Saturday, May 29-31. It is a long road for the Dawgs just to reach the site, as the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville plays hosts to the top 48 individual qualifiers and top 24 relay teams across the western half of the country, with most of those schools heading east this week.
The individual and team NCAA Champions will be crowned in Eugene with the semifinal and final rounds of all events at Hayward Field from June 11-14. But every one of the eventual champions must first advance through either the Fayetteville site, or the East Prelims held simultaneously this week at North Florida in Jacksonville.
At both regional sites, athletes will go through one or two rounds of qualifying to cut the field of 48 athletes and 24 relay teams down to a final 12 that will advance to Oregon.
In the field events, there will be just one round. In the throws and horizontal jumps, the top 16 athletes through three rounds will earn three more attempts to settle the final twelve. In the high jump and pole vault, the bars will keep going up until 12 athletes remain.
On the track, each individual race from 100-meters up to 1,500-meters will have a first round as well as a quarterfinal in Fayetteville. The relays, steeplechase, and 5k and 10k races will have just one round to sort out the qualifiers for Eugene.
Several Huskies are back after advancing through the preliminary rounds last year at Texas. Kayla Stueckle and Gianna Woodruff made the top-12 in the 400m hurdles, Carson Fuller was a big upset qualifier in the javelin, Chris Williams got through in the 110m hurdles, Megan Goethals made it in both the 5,000m and 10,000m, and Liberty Miller was a qualifier in the steeplechase.
Two years ago Katie Flood advanced in the 1,500-meters, J.J. Juilfs made the cut in the pole vault, and A.J. Maricich set a PR to go in the high jump. All three are back in those events this season.
Schedule of Washington competitors (All times PACIFIC)
Thursday, May 29
10:00 am - W Javelin (to Eugene) - Ashley Alexander
11:00 am - M Pole Vault (to Eugene) - J.J. Juilfs, Jax Thoirs
3:00 pm - W 400m Hurdles (to Quarterfinals) - Kayla Stueckle, Gianna Woodruff
3:30 pm - M 1500m (to Quarterfinals) - Nick Harris, Blake Nelson, Meron Simon, Izaic Yorks
3:30 pm - M Javelin (to Eugene) - Curtis Clauson, Carson Fuller, Quinn Hale
4:00 pm - W 1500m (to Quarterfinals) - Katie Flood, Eleanor Fulton
4:30 pm - W Pole Vault (to Eugene) - Kristina Owsinski, Diamara Planell Cruz, Elizabeth Quick, Ashley Schnapp
6:10 pm - M 800m (to Quarterfinals) - Derrick Daigre, Brad Whitley
7:40 pm - W 10,000m (to Eugene) - Lindsay Flanagan, Megan Goethals
Friday, May 30
3:00 pm - M 110m Hurdles (to Quarterfinals) - Chris Williams
3:00 pm - W Triple Jump (to Eugene) - Shaniae Lakes
3:00 pm - M High Jump (to Eugene) - A.J. Maricich
5:00 pm - M 800m (to Eugene) - Derrick Daigre, Brad Whitley
5:45 pm - W 400m Hurdles (to Eugene) - Kayla Stueckle, Gianna Woodruff
6:50 pm - M 3000m Steeplechase (to Eugene) - Tim Cummings, Aaron Nelson
7:30 pm - W 3000m Steeplechase (to Eugene) - Liberty Miller
Saturday, May 31
4:00 pm - M Triple Jump (to Eugene) - Kasen Covington
4:30 pm - M 1500m (to Eugene) - Nick Harris, Blake Nelson, Meron Simon, Izaic Yorks
4:45 pm - W 1500m (to Eugene) - Katie Flood, Eleanor Fulton
5:05 pm - M 110m Hurdles (to Eugene) - Chris Williams
6:45 pm - W 5000m (to Eugene) - Katie Knight
7:45 pm - W 4x400m Relay (to Eugene) - Armstead/Stueckle/Jacobson/Woodruff