Wyoming Sends 11 to NCAA West Preliminary

May 22, 2013

LARAMIE, Wyo. - Eleven Wyoming track and field athletes were selected to compete at the NCAA West Preliminary this week from May 23-25 in Austin, Texas.

Competing at the University of Texas' Mike A. Myers Stadium will be Paul Thomas (discus), Joe Plante (discus, hammer), Henry Ferreira (javelin), Brandon Douglass (110m hurdles), Colin Herold (110m hurdles), Lenyn Leonce (long jump), Jenna Mann (100m hurdles), Diana Long (400m hurdles), Taylor Gardner (400m hurdles), Mollie Dahl (shot put) and Shreese Daniels (hammer).

"The first big goal for them this year was to make it to this point," said Wyoming coach Bryan Berryhill. "Now that they're here, they just need to compete with no fear and go in relaxed. We have nothing to lose and everything to gain by just going in relaxed and ready to give it our best."

To reach the preliminary, an athlete must be ranked in the Top 48 of his/her respective event(s). The top 12 finishers for each event at the preliminary receive an invitation to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which take place June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore. Field events begin at 11 a.m. MT each day, while running events begin toward the conclusion of the field events.

Thomas and Plante open competition for Wyoming Thursday at 11 a.m. in the discus. Thomas is ranked 20th nationally and 12th in the west for the event, while Plante is 31st nationally and the 18th seed for the region. Leonce will compete in the long jump at 12:30 p.m., while Daniels will compete in the women's hammer throw at 1 p.m. For these events, the 16 best marks will qualify from the first round of three preliminary attempts to the final round of three tries. The top 12 advance to Eugene.

Long and Gardner run Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the women's 400-meter hurdles first round, of which the top three from six heats, plus the next six fastest times, advance to the quarterfinals of 24 athletes. The quarterfinal round for the 400 hurdles is set for Friday at 6:30 p.m.

Douglass and Herold will compete in the 110-meter hurdles at 4:30 p.m. Friday, while Mann will run the women's100-meter hurdles at 5 p.m. Should they advance, the quarterfinals round for the events are slated for Saturday at 6:05 p.m. and 6:20 p.m., respectively.

Ferreira will throw the javelin Saturday at 11 a.m., while Dahl will compete in the women's shot put later in the day at 5 p.m.

Wyoming's NCAA Qualifiers
Name - Event - West seed - Qualifying mark (meet)
Cowboys
Paul Thomas - Discus - 12th West (20th nationally) - 189'-10" (Cowpoke Open)
Joe Plante - Discus - 18th West (31st nationally) - 186'-8" (Tom Benich Invite)
Joe Plante - Hammer - 25th West - 201'-2.25" (Cowpoke Open)
Henry Ferreira - Javelin - 17th West (34th nationally) - 224'-0" (MW Championships)
Brandon Douglass - 110m hurdles - 19th West (49th nationally) - 14.01 (Jack Christiansen Invite)
Colin Herold - 110m hurdles - 43rd West - 14.33 (Cowpoke Open)
Lenyn Leonce - Long jump - 47th West - 24'-2.25" (Mt. SAC)
Cowgirls
Jenna Mann - 100m hurdles - 41st West - 13.66 (MW Championships)
Diana Long - 400m hurdles - 29th West - 59.34 (MW Championships)
Taylor Gardner - 400m hurdles - 32nd West - 59.41 (MW Championships)
Mollie Dahl - Shot put - 40th West - 51'-2.25" (Jack Christiansen Invite)
Shreese Daniels - Hammer - 45th West - 185'-9.25" (Cowpoke Open)

Wyoming's Schedule of Events
Thursday, May 23
11 a.m. ... Men's discus ... Paul Thomas, Joe Plante
12:30 p.m. ... Men's long jump ... Lenyn Leonce
1 p.m. ... Women's hammer ... Shreese Daniels
3:30 p.m. ... Women's 400m hurdles First Round ... Diana Long, Taylor Gardner

Friday, May 24
1 p.m. ... Men's hammer ... Joe Plante
4:30 p.m. ... Men's 110m hurdles ... Brandon Douglass, Colin Herold
5 p.m. ... Women's 100m hurdles ... Jenna Mann
6:30 p.m. ... (pending) Women's 400m hurdles Quarterfinal ... Diana Long, Taylor Gardner

Saturday, May 25
11 a.m. ... Men's javelin ... Henry Ferreira
5 p.m. ... Women's shot put ... Mollie Dahl
6:05 p.m. ... (pending) Women's 100m hurdles Quarterfinal ... Jenna Mann
6:20 p.m. ... (pending) Men's 110m hurdles Quarterfinal... Brandon Douglass, Colin Herold