Mountain West Student-Athletes Advance to NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships
May 26, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Twenty-eight Mountain West student-athletes endured less than ideal conditions - including a near seven-hour rain delay on Friday - to advance out of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field West Region Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas.
Air Force, Boise State, Colorado State, Nevada, New Mexico, San Diego State and UNLV will be sending at least one competitor to the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., which runs from June 5-8. The top 12 finishers in each event at regionals advanced through to nationals.
San Diego State's Shanieka Thomas had the most impressive performance of the weekend. The junior, who leads the nation in the Triple Jump and owns the Conference's all-time mark in the event, leapt past the 46-foot mark for the second time in three weeks. Her wind-aided mark of 46'-2.00'' (14.07m) bested all of the competition, including Kansas's Andrea Geubelle, the reigning outdoor national champion.
Allison Reaser and Nicole Oudenaarden of SDSU will join Thomas at nationals and compete in the Heptathlon. There was no qualifier for the event, so the top 24 in the national rankings advanced. Oudenaarden holds the No. 5 position, while Reaser is No. 10.
New Mexico junior Django Lovett will be making his third straight appearance at nationals. He finished sixth in the High Jump with a clearance of 7'-1.00'' (2.16m). Joining Lovett in Eugene, Ore., will be five other Lobos.
The trio of Josephine Moultrie, Charlotte Arter and Chole Anderson, who finished 1-2-3 in the 1500 Meters at the 2013 MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships, all posted top-12 marks in the same event on Saturday. Moultrie, a senior, was sixth (4:19.03), while Arter took 10th (4:20.04) and Anderson nabbed the last qualifying spot with a time of 4:20.64.
Luke Caldwell, who like Moultrie won two events at the MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships, placed sixth in the 1500 (14:12.27) to move on to nationals. Floyd Ross had an impressive showing in the Triple Jump, and will be making his second consecutive outdoor championships appearance. His leap of 52'-8.00'' (16.05m) was good for third in the event.
Nevada's 4x100 Relay team of Samantha Calhoun, Angelica Earls, Tanisha Hawkins and Kashae Knox secured a spot at nationals with a second-place finish in their heat. Their time of 44.56 was good for sixth overall.
UNLV's 4x100 Relay also will be headed to Eugene, Ore., as the quartet of Monay Meggs, Emily Blok, Ashley Franklin and Uchechi Anunkor placed 10th at 44.79. Blok, a senior, also qualified in the 200 Meters with an 11th-place finish in a time of 23.65.
The Rebels' MyShauna Alexander also qualified for nationals after she finished ninth in the Javelin with a throw of 160'-0.00'' (48.76m). The heave was a personal best for Alexander.
Air Force had three athletes advance out of Austin, Texas. Cale Simmons and Joey Uhle (Pole Vault) will be joined by Zach Perkins (1500 Meters). Uhle, a sophomore, shared the West Regional title with a clearance of 17'-8.50'' (5.40m). Simmons, who will be going to his fourth straight NCAA Championship meet (indoor and outdoor), placed seventh after he also cleared the 17'-8.50'' height.
Perkins, a sophomore, ran the 1500 Meters in an efficient time of 3:45.05 to finish fifth.
Colorado State's Trevor Brown will be making the trek to Eugene, as he finished ninth in the 110 Hurdles in 13.89 seconds. The junior will be joined by Jessica Sharbono (Discus) and Ashley Reid (High Jump). Sharbono, a junior, placed ninth in the Discus with a throw of 174'-1.00'' (53.06m), while fellow junior Reid took fifth in the High Jump with a clearance of 5'-8.75'' (1.75m).
Emma Bates, Daveon Collins, Matt Post and Marissa VanderMalle will represent Boise State at nationals. Bates, a sophomore, qualified in both the 5000 Meters (14:04.03) and 10,000 Meters (35:01.08).
Collins, the Men's Outstanding Performer at the 2013 MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships, took 10th in the 200 Meters with a time of 20.87. Post earned his place at nationals in the Hammer with a 10th-place toss of 208'-11.00'' (63.68m). VanderMalle will compete in the 3000 Steeplechase, as she finished 10th in the qualifying round with a time of 10:01.12.