Buffs Prep For Midwest Region Championship
BOULDER- The University of Colorado is sending 19 members of the track & field team to compete Friday and Saturday, May 30-31, at the NCAA Midwest Region Championships at the Ed Weir Stadium in Lincoln, Neb.
The CU men, who are fresh off of winning the 2008 Big 12 Track & Field Championship, are sending 14 individuals and two relay teams. The women are sending two athletes to the meet. The men's team is currently ranked 12 in the USTFCCCA rankings.
In the field of qualifiers from the states of Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming, the top five finishers in each individual event this weekend and the top three relay teams in each race, will automatically advance to the NCAA Championships. In addition, a national "at-large field' will be created from the sixth through eighth place individual finishers and fourth through sixth relay teams, based on a year long descending order list to fill the NCAA Championship fields in each event area.
Brandin Williams will kick off the competition for the Buffs in the javelin on Friday, May 30 at 1 p.m. (CST). Williams is fresh off a third place finish at the conference meet when he recorded a personal best and a regional qualifying mark of 210 feet, 4 inches. He ranks 14th overall in the region.
The first event on the track for CU is the men's 4x100-meter relay preliminaries at 1:45 p.m. The Buffs set a school record of 39.59 second and took third overall at the Big 12 meet. Hugh Charles, Ryan Campbell, Nate Terry and Jeremy Dodson made up that team and will run together again at regionals. Adrian Gomez and Adam Salzmann will serve as the alternates. The relay team is fourth in the region. The finals will be at 4:10 p.m. on Saturday.
The men's 4x400-meter relay will also compete. The finals will be contested on Saturday at 7:20 p.m. Terry, Campbell, Gomez and Dodson recorded a mark of 3:09.71 to advance to the meet. Salzmann and Stephen Pifer will serve as alternates.
Dodson will also compete in two individual events. He will run in the 100 and 200-meter dashes. Dodson is the school record holder in the 200 (20.37) after running to a second place finish at the conference championship. He also took third in the 100 (10.27). He ranks second of 27 in the 200 and seventh of 26 in the 100. Prelims for the 100 are at 3:40 p.m. on Friday with the finals on Saturday at 5:10 p.m. The prelims for the 200 are at 6:20 p.m. on Friday. The finals are at 6:05 p.m. on Saturday.
Dodson won't be the only Buff in the sprints. Charles will also compete in the 100 (26/26) and Campbell will race in the 200 (20/27).
James Begley will become the first Buff to compete in three throwing events since the inception of the regional championships. His first event will be the shot put on Friday at 5 p.m. The hammer throw and discus will be contested on Saturday. He ranks ninth in the discus, 10th in the shot put and 17th in the hammer throw.
Charles will compete in the long jump on Friday at 5 p.m. He jumped the first time during the outdoor conference championship and took fourth overall. Charles ranks seventh in the region.
Colorado will have five racers in the 5,000-meter run. Brent Vaughn, the Midwest Region record holder (13:57.36) will lead the stampede. Pifer ranks second in the region (13:40.54). Kenyon Neuman is fifth (13:49.31), Richard Medina is seventh (13:51.58) and Matt Tebo is 10th (13:56.20). It will be the first regional meet for Medina and Tebo. The race will be at 7:20 p.m. on Friday, the last event of the day.
Billy Nelson and Pete Janson own the top two marks in the region in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Christian Thompson will also compete for the Buffs. He ranks 21st overall. The men's steeplechase finals are at 6:40 p.m. on Saturday.
Rob Thayer will be the lone Buff to compete in the 1,500-meter run. He ranks 14th of 16 and owns a time of 3:47.60. The preliminary round is on Friday at 2:20 p.m. Finals are on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.
Jenny Barringer and Allison Sawyer will be the lone women to compete for CU. Both will run in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 6:15 p.m. on Saturday. Barringer currently ranks third in the region and Sawyer is 21st.
Barringer is the meet record holder with a mark of 9:44.31. She looks to redeem herself after a disappointing performance at the Big 12 Championship two weeks ago when she placed second. Barringer has won the previous two regional titles.
NCAA Midwest Regional
University of Nebraska, Lincoln
May 30-31, 2008
Friday, May 30 Saturday, May 31
Field Events Field Events
1:00 Hammer (W) Trials & Final 1:00 Hammer (M) Trials & Final
1:00 High Jump (M) Final 1:00 High Jump (W) Final
5:00 Pole Vault (W) Final 5:00 Pole Vault (M) Final
5:00 Shot Put (M) Trials & Final 5:00 Shot Put (W) Trials & Final
1:00 Javelin (M) Trials & Final 1:00 Javelin (W) Trials & Final
5:00 Discus (W) Trials & Final 5:00 Discus (M) Trials & Final
1:00 Long Jump (W) Trials & Final 1:00 Triple Jump (W) Trials & Final
5:00 Long Jump (M) Trials & Final 5:00 Triple Jump (M) Trials & Final
Track Events Track Events
1:30 4x100 (W) Prelims 4:00 4x100 (W) Finals
1:45 4x100 (M) Prelims 4:10 4x100 (M) Finals
2:00 1500m (W) Prelims 4:20 1500m (W) Finals
2:20 1500m (M) Prelims 4:30 1500m (M) Finals
2:40 100m Hurdles (W) Prelims 4:45 100m Hurdles (W) Finals
3:00 100m Hurdles (M) Prelims 4:55 100m Hurdles (M) Finals
3:20 100m (W) Prelims 5:05 100m (W) Finals
3:40 100m (M) Prelims 5:10 100m (M) Finals
4:00 400m (W) Prelims 5:15 400m (W) Finals
4:20 400m (M) Prelims 5:20 400m (M) Finals
4:40 800m (W) Prelims 5:25 800m (W) Finals
5:00 800m (M) Prelims 5:30 800m (M) Finals
5:20 400m Hurdles (W) Prelims 5:40 400m Hurdles (W) Finals
5:40 400m Hurdles (M) Prelims 5:50 400m Hurdles (M) Finals
6:00 200m (W) Prelims 6:00 200m (W) Finals
6:20 200m (M) Prelims 6:05 200m (M) Finals
6:40 5000m (W) Finals 6:15 3000m Steeplechase (W)Finals
7:20 5000m (M) Finals 6:40 3000m Steeplechase (M) Finals
7:05 4x400 (W) Finals
7:20 4x400 (M) Finals
CU Events are in BOLD