Cougars Find More Success at West Preliminary
AUSTIN -- BYU’s 800 meter dominance continued and Mindy McClurkin displayed her all-around abilities on day two of the NCAA West Preliminary. With four members of the team earning qualifying marks, five Cougars have earned spots in six events at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 9-12.
“We had some good things happen today,” BYU head women’s coach Craig Poole said. “Mindy had a great day and so did our 800 meter runners. They all ran great races and three were able to advance. All in all it was a good day and we have several opportunities tomorrow to have athletes qualify for nationals.”
Nachelle Stewart was the top finisher in the 800 meters and Lacey Cramer and Angela Wagner joined her in the top 12 to qualify for nationals. Stewart registered at time of 2:04.26 while Cramer came in at 2:05.32 and Wagner at 2:05.52.
Mindy McClurkin earned a spot in the quarterfinals of the 200 meters. The race will be held Saturday with a trip to nationals on the line. McClurkin displayed her versatility by taking second in the long jump with a leap of 6.54 meters (21-05.50) to qualify for nationals.
Cougars competing on Saturday include Madara Dzalbe in the triple jump, Tipaleli Fotu in the hammer throw, Ada Robinson, Ashley Dziendziel and Diana Blauer in the high jump, the 4x100 meter relay team, McClurkin in the 200 meter quarterfinals and Nicole Nielsen in the 5000 meters.
See the list below for the athlete’s marks from Friday. CLICK HERE for complete results.
CLICK HERE to review Thursday’s action.
Rank Name Event Mark
43 Amy Otis 100m hurdles 14.40
17 Mindy McClurkin 100m 11.74
1 Nachelle Stewart* 800m 2:04.26Q
5 Lacey Cramer* 800m 2:05.32Q
11 Angela Wagner* 800m 2:05.52q
22 Nicole Clark 800m 2:09.23
15 Mindy McClurkin@ 200m 23.75Q
26 Porshe Giddings 200m 24.23
18 Katie Bowen Steeplechase 10:36.26
38 Katy Andrews Steeplechase 11:00.77
2 Mindy McClurkin* Long Jump 6.54mq 21-05.50
*Qualified for NCAA National Championships in Eugene, Ore.
@Advanced to final 24 at West Preliminary
Cougars Head to Texas for West Preliminary
PROVO -- BYU will travel to the campus of University of Texas in Austin for the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary that runs Thursday through Saturday. The men enter the preliminary at No. 11 in the nation while the women are No. 16.
The three-day event features the top 48 athletes and 24 relay teams in each event in the west region. The top 12 finishers in each event advance to the final NCAA meet in Eugene, Ore., June 9-12. The East Preliminary is held this weekend in Greensboro, N.C.
BYU is among the top programs in the country in terms of entries in the preliminaries. The men tied for fourth-most in the nation with 27 entries in 26 individual events and one relay. The women are tied for second-most with 28 entries in 27 individual events and one relay.
On the men’s side, nine athletes have 10 top 10 qualifying marks. Ryan Waite has the highest ranking on the team at No. 3 in the West in the 800m. Three other runners are in the top 10 in their respective events, including Brian Weirich (No. 7), Richard Nelson (No. 7) and Jonathan Kotter (No. 9).
Several field athletes have top 10 marks, including thrower Leif Arrhenius at No. 5 in both the shot put and the discus. Chris Reno and Sean Richardson are both top 10 in the javelin with Reno at No. 6 and Richardson at No. 9. Chris Little is No. 5 in the west in pole vault.
Six women are top 10 in the west, including Mindy McClurkin in the 200m (No. 8) and the long jump (No. 2). Lacey Cramer is the top qualifier in the west in the 800m and Angela Wagner is right behind at No. 2. Nachelle Stewart’s No. 5 ranking gives BYU three athletes in the top five in the 800m. Ada Robinson is the Cougars’ sixth top 10 qualifier with a No. 6 ranking in the high jump.
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