Fields Set For NCAA Prelims
May 17, 2012
SEATTLE -- Thirty Huskies will be boarding the plane next week to Austin, Texas to compete in the NCAA West Preliminary Championships held May 24-26. Selections were announced today by the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Track and Field Committee.
This is the third year of the current NCAA Championships format, which splits the country in half for preliminary rounds. The goal for all prelim qualifiers is to advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, from June 6-9.
In each individual event there are 48 qualifiers in the West Region and another 48 in the East Region making for 96 total qualifiers, plus 24 relay teams at each location. The West athletes meet in Austin, hosted by Texas, while North Florida hosts the East Region in Jacksonville, Fla. One or two rounds will be held at the two regional sites with 12 athletes in each event and 12 relays advancing from each region. Multi-events are the only events that qualify directly to Des Moines based on top scores.
Husky women currently ranked in the top-20 in the West Region in their event include senior standout Jordan Carlson (14th--400m), who just placed 3rd at the inaugural Pac-12 Championships, breaking her own school record once again. Sophomore Katie Flood ranks second at 1,500-meters, leading four Huskies in the event along with redshirt freshman Chelsea Orr, junior Christine Babcock, and sophomore Mackenzie Carter. Sophomore Megan Goethals won the 5,000-meter prelims last year and currently ranks ninth. Redshirt frosh Liberty Miller also made the 5k field. Pac-12 scorer Kayla Stueckle is coming off a PR in the 400m hurdles and earns her second straight prelim bid.
The field event qualifiers are led by new school record-holders Logan Miller (4th--pole vault) and junior Shaniae Lakes (4th--triple jump). Both finished second at Pac-12s last week. Miller's 14-4 ½ pole vault clearance ranks seventh in Pac-12 history. She made it through qualifying last year to place 11th at NCAAs. Redshirt frosh Georgia Reynolds also got into the mix with her first 13-foot vault clearance at Pac-12s. Seniors Amanda Peterson (17th), Brooke Pighin (19th) and junior Jordin Seekins (42nd) all qualified in the javelin, and senior Elisa Bryant is ranked 27th in the hammer.
The men are led by repeat Pac-12 200-meter champion Jakes Alaka, who now ranks 9that 100m; and second in the West at 200m. Also, freshman standout JJ Julifs, who won his first conference title last weekend in the pole vault heads to Austin ranked eighth. Washington qualified both relays, the 4x100m group of Alaka, Maurice McNeal, Ryan Hamilton, and Matt Anthony, and the 4x400m team of Alaka, McNeal, and seniors Sam Rucker and Miles Timpe. McNeal will also look to advance through the 400-meter rounds for the second straight year.
Sophomore AJ Maricich (15th--high jump) is coming off a big PR of 7-1 ½ which tied for second at Pac-12s. Robby Fegles makes a second prelims appearance in the vault, as does sophomore Kasen Covington in the triple jump. Senior Angus Taylor (12th--hammer) is joined by UW's javelin quartet Joe Zimmerman (9th), Quinn Hale (16th), Curtis Clauson (21st), and Jimmy Brookman (24th), all of who scored at Pac-12s last week, with Zimmerman finishing second.
2012 NCAA West Preliminary Qualifiers