MW Contingent Set for 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

June 4, 2013

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships begin on Wednesday and run through Saturday at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

Live results for the NCAA Championships can be found at http://www.flashresults.com/. You can find starts lists and declarations at http://www.rtspt.com/ncaa/d1outdoor13/ , with more information available on the NCAA.com Championship Central page at http://www.ncaa.com/championships/trackfield-outdoor-men/d1?DB_OEM_ID=500#!championship_br_home.

Twenty-eight Mountain West student-athletes, representing seven institutions, will test their mettle against the country's best track and field competitors.

San Diego State junior Shanieka Thomas (Triple Jump) has the conference's best shot at earning a national title. Thomas, who has finished second to Kansas senior Andrea Geubelle the last two NCAA Championships (2012 Outdoor and 2013 Indoor), enters this year's nationals with the top mark in the land at 46'-5.25'' (14.15), which she set at the 2013 MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

That jump is a foot better than Geubelle's top distance, and to add to Thomas's confidence, she bested Geubelle in their head-to-head encounter two weeks ago at the NCAA Preliminary in Austin, Texas. The Women's Triple Jump is scheduled for a 3:25 p.m. PT start on Friday.

Two other Aztecs figure to make a bit of noise in Eugene as freshman Nicole Oudenaarden and junior Allison Reaser will compete in the Heptathlon. Oudenaarden eschewed partaking in the event at the MW Outdoor Championships, but still has the No. 5 score in the nation at 5,774 points. Reaser, the three-time MW champion in the discipline, ranks No. 11 at 5,612. Both earned automatic qualifier spots in the national competition due to their top 24 ranking.

On the men's side, Boise State junior Daveon Collins could propel himself to a strong finish in the 200 Meters. The Outstanding Performer at the 2013 MW Championships, Collins currently holds a No. 12 ranking in the event with a time of 20.53.

Air Force's Joey Uhle tied for the top spot at the NCAA Preliminary with a clearance of 17'-8.50'' (5.40), but the sophomore has proven capable of eclipsing the 18-foot barrier. Just a sophomore, Uhle's best vault this season was 18'-1.00'' (5.51m) back in March at the Texas Relays.

MW Student-Athletes at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Men
Zach Perkins, So., Air Force (1500 Meters)
Joey Uhle, So., Air Force (Pole Vault)
Daveon Collins, Jr., Boise State (200 Meters)
Matt Post, Jr., Boise State (Hammer)
Trevor Brown, Jr., Colorado State (110 Hurdles)
Luke Caldwell, Jr., New Mexico (1500 Meters)
Django Lovett, Jr., New Mexico (High Jump)
Floyd Ross, Sr., New Mexico (Triple Jump)

Women
Emma Bates, So., Boise State (5000 Meters; 10,000 Meters)
Marissa VanderMalle, So., Boise State (3000 Steeplechase)
Ashley Reid, Jr., Colorado State (High Jump)
Jessica Sharbono, Jr., Colorado State (Discus)
Samantha Calhoun, Sr., Nevada (4x100 Relay)
Angelica Earls, Sr., Nevada (4x100 Relay)
Tanisha Hawkins, Jr., Nevada (4x100 Relay)
Kashae Knox, So., Nevada (4x100 Relay)
Chloe Anderson, Jr., New Mexico (1500 Meters)
Charlotte Arter, Jr., New Mexico (1500 Meters)
Josephine Moultrie, Sr., New Mexico (1500 Meters)
Alex Evans, Sr., San Diego State (Triple Jump)
Nicole Oudenaarden, Fr., San Diego State (Heptathlon)
Allison Reaser, Jr., San Diego State (Heptathlon)
Shanieka Thomas, Jr., San Diego State (Triple Jump)
MyShauna Alexander, Jr., UNLV (Javelin)
Uchechi Anunkor, Sr., UNLV (4x100 Relay)
Emily Blok, Sr., UNLV (200 Meters; 4x100 Relay)
Ashley Franklin, Jr., UNLV (4x100 Relay)
Monay Meggs, So., UNLV (4x100 Relay)