2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Begin Wednesday

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The Mountain West will be represented by 27 student-athletes from nine different institutions at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The championships begin on Wednesday and run through Saturday at the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

Live results, starts lists and declarations for the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships can be found here http://www.rtspt.com/ncaa/d1outdoor14/, with more information available on the NCAA.com Championship Central page http://www.ncaa.com/championships/trackfield-outdoor-men/d1.

Shanieka Thomas will look to end her career at San Diego State on a high note by claiming her third straight national title in the Triple Jump, having won the 2013 Outdoor and 2014 Indoor National Championships. The senior, who took home top honors at the 2014 West Preliminary in Fayetteville, Arkansas (44’-9.75’’), possesses the second-best Triple Jump mark this outdoor season at 45’-0.50’’.

Boise State’s Emma Bates figures to be a factor in both distance races after displaying top form at the West Preliminary, placing second in the 10,000 Meters (34:06.99) and first in the 5000 Meters (15:55.00). The junior is No. 2 in the 10,000 Meters nationally this season with a time of 32:20.83 set on May 4 at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, California. That is less than three seconds off the nation’s No. 1 time, set by Elinor Kirk of UAB (32:17.05). Bates’ 15:33.42 at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California is also a top-10 mark in the country, currently sitting at No. 8.

Like Bates, Colorado State’s Trevor Brown will also compete in two events at the 2014 Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The senior equaled his MW all-time and school-record time of 13.55 in the 110 Hurdles at the West Preliminary to finish fifth overall. Brown ran a 50.79 in the quarterfinal round of the 400 Hurdles which was also good enough to advance to the national semifinals. Earlier in the season, Brown posted a 49.85 in the 400 Hurdles at the Cowpoke Open in Laramie, Wyoming. That’s the fourth-fastest time in the nation this year.

Wyoming senior Mason Finley should be in contention for a national title in the Discus. Finley’s top throw this season is 210’-6.00’’, posted on May 4 at the Cowpoke Open. That mark ranks No. 5 in the country. In the women’s Discus, Colorado State Jessica Sharbono figures to be in the mix for a top-three finish. Sharbono’s toss of 193’-1.00’’ at the 2014 Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Laramie, Wyoming is the fourth-best distance in 2014.

MW Student-Athletes At The 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Annette Eichenberger, Air Force, 800 Meters
Emma Bates, Boise State, 10,000 Meters
Hayli Bozarth, Boise State, Hammer
Marisa Howard, Boise State, 3000 Steeplechase
Trevor Brown, Colorado State, 400 Hurdles
Kiah Hicks, Colorado State, Discus
Jessica Sharbono, Colorado State, Discus
Aaliyah Pete, Colorado State, Shot Put
Meagan McKee, Fresno State, Hammer
Je’Nia Sears, Fresno State, Long Jump
Charlotte Arter, New Mexico, 1500 Meters
Adam Bitchell, New Mexico, 10,000 Meters
Suzi Boast, New Mexico, 1500 Meters
Luke Caldwell, New Mexico, 10,000 Meters
Peter Callahan, New Mexico, 1500 Meters
Charles Lewis, New Mexico, 400 Hurdles
Sammy Silva, New Mexico, 1500 Meters
Richard York, New Mexico, Javelin
Kristen Brown, San Diego State, Pole Vault
Jasmine Burrell, San Diego State, Discus
Nicole Oudenaarden, San Diego State, Heptathlon
Allison Reaser, San Diego State, Heptathlon
Shanieka Thomas, San Diego State, Triple Jump
Krystal Wharton, UNLV, Long Jump
Nic Bowens, Utah State, 100 Meters
Chari Hawkins, Utah State, Heptathlon
Mason Finley, Wyoming, Discus