No. 23 Aztec Track & Field Set for NCAA Champs

June 5, 2013

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No. 23 San Diego State heads to Eugene, Ore., this weekend to compete in the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Four Aztecs qualified for the four-day meet, which begins Wednesday (June 5) at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon.

SDSU doesn't start competition until Thursday (June 6), when freshman Nicole Oudenaarden and junior Allison Reaser begin the two-day heptathlon. Junior Shanieka Thomas and senior Alex Evans, meanwhile, will compete in the triple jump on Friday (June 7).

The heptathlon kicks off at 1 p.m. PT Thursday with the 100-meter hurdles. Oudenaarden is ranked fifth with 5,774 points heading into the meet and is the only freshman of the 24 entrants, while Reaser is 10th with 5,612 points. Oudenaarden set her school-record mark of 5,774 at the Mt. SAC Relays on March 7-8. Reaser's 5,612 came at the Mountain West Championships (May 8-9), where she claimed her third straight MW heptathlon title. The high jump, shot put and 200 meters will follow the 100 hurdles on a rolling schedule with 30 minutes between each event. The second day begins at 12:30 p.m. PT Friday with the long jump, followed by the javelin throw and the 800.

Oudenaarden will be competing in her first-ever NCAA championship meet, while Reaser will be in her third straight heptathlon after taking 18th as a freshman in 2011 (5,156 points) and sixth last year (5,763 points).

The triple jump starts at 3:25 p.m. PT Friday for Thomas and Evans, who will both be competing in flight 1. The top-nine qualifiers after three attempts will move onto the final for three more jumps. Thomas, who has finished runner up at each of the past two NCAA Championships in the triple jump (2013 indoor, 2012 outdoor), is the top seed heading into this weekend with her wind-aided mark of 46 feet, 2 inches (14.07m) at the NCAA West Prelims. Earlier this year at the MW Championships, Thomas set a school record, conference record, conference meet record and stadium record with a leap of 46-05.25 (14.15m). That mark was a foot better than Kansas' Andrea Geubelle, the defending national champion. Evans' wind-aided jump of 43-00.50 (13.12m) at the NCAA West Prelims has her seventh heading into the meet. Her best legal mark in the triple jump is 42-09.00 (13.03m), which came at the MW Championships on May 11.

Thomas will be competing in her fifth NCAA championship meet in the triple jump (out of six chances). She has finished ninth (42-07.00 in 2011), seventh (42-07.50 in 2012) and second (45-04.25 in 2013) at the NCAA Indoor Championships and second (45-09.75 in 2012) at the outdoor meet. Evans made her debut at the championship meet last June, taking 14th in the triple jump (42-05.25).

Last year, San Diego State finished tied for ninth with Tennessee with 21 points. It tied the Aztecs' best team finish in program history (also 1985).

Live results for the four-day meet can be followed at http://www.flashresults.com/2013_Meets/outdoor/06-05-NCAA/live/. Additionally, the majority of the meet will be broadcast on ESPNU and ESPN3 with supplementary webcasting on Pac-12 Live Stream (http://pac-12.com/live/goducks/track-field.aspx).

2013 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
Hayward Field - Eugene, Ore. (Univ. or Oregon)
June 5-8, 2013 (SDSU competes on June 6-7)

Thursday, June 6, 2013
1 p.m. PT - Nicole Oudenaarden, heptathlon - first day (seeded fifth with 5,774 points)
1 p.m. PT - Allison Reaser, heptathlon - first day (seeded 10th with 5,612 points)

Friday, June 7, 2013
12:30 p.m. PT - Nicole Oudenaarden, heptathlon - second day
12:30 p.m. PT - Allison Reaser, heptathlon - second day
3:25 p.m. PT - Shanieka Thomas, triple jump (seeded first with a mark of 46-02.00 (14.07m))
3:25 p.m. PT - Alex Evans, triple jump (seeded seventh with a mark of 43-00.50 (13.12m))