NCAA Track & Field West Prelims: Competition wraps up as student-athletes book tickets to nationals

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Pac-12 student-athletes wrapped up the final day of the 2017 NCAA West Preliminaries hosted by the University of Texas in Austin. With the country split between West Prelims and East Prelims, student-athletes with the top 12 times/marks and the best 12 relay teams at both the East and West Preliminary Rounds sites advanced through to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, June 7-10.

Since there are no multis in preliminary competition, the top 24 decathlon and heptathlon marks in the nation earn an automatic berth to Eugene.

50 trips today were booked for Nationals between individual event and relays, bringing the Pac-12 total to 107. Excluding relays, multis and individuals with multiple bids, 88 different student-athletes will head to Hayward Field in two weeks.

Eight competitors booked trips in multiple events this past weekend. Arizona State's Maggie Ewen will vie for the triple crown in the discus, hammer and shot put. Colorado distance standout Erin Clark will compete in the women's 5,000- and 10,000-meter races. Oregon's Ariana Washington and Deajah Stevens will race in the women's 100 and 200, while Kyree King will compete in the same sprints on the men's side. USC's hurdler and 2017 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year Anna Cockrell will race in the women's 100 and 400 hurdles, Deanna Hill in the women's 100 and 200, and Eric Sloan in the men's long and triple jumps.

Highlighting the final day of competition was the women’s 200-meter dash. Oregon’s Olympians of Deajah Stevens clocked a 22.16 for the fastest overall, and her teammate Ariana Washington hit a 22.44 for fifth overall. USC’s Deanna Hill ran a 22.30 for second. None of the times were measured within the legal wind limit.

Oregon’s Kyree King will represent the Pac-12 in the men’s 200, as his 20.22w advanced him through to Eugene.

Four hurdlers booked their tickets through to Hayward field in the women’s 100H. USC’s Dior Hall (12.87) and Anna Cockrell (12.97) and 2017 Pac-12 Champion with Oregon’s Alaysha Johnson (12.68) and Sasha Wallace (12.90) will represent the Pac-12. In the men’s 110 hurdles, USC’s Marquis Morris clocked a 13.51 while UCLA’s Misana Viltz advanced with a 13.68.

Five women advanced in the 1,500m, with Stanford’s duo of Rebecca Mehra (4:29.32) and Christina Aragon (4:29.07) leading the pack. Colorado sophomore stud Dani Jones advanced with a 4:18.55, Washington’s Amy-Eloise Neale a 4:18.82, and Oregon’s Katie Rainsberger will return home with her 4:28.74.

The Oregon men will have two runners in the men’s 1,500 with Blake Haney’s 3:47.92 and Tim Gorman’s 4:00.25. Colorado’s Ben Saarel advanced with the second fastest 1500 of the day on a time of 3:47.83.

Oregon punched two tickets through to nationals in the women’s 5K, as Samantha Nadel hit a time of 16:42.86 and Lilli Burdon a 16:43.82 to place ninth and 10th, respectively. Colorado junior Erin Clark advanced with her 11th place time of 16:43.97, and Stanford’s Fiona Keeffe clocked the fastest time of the Pac-12 student-athletes with a 16:40.83.

Five runners advanced on the men’s 5K, with Stanford’s Grant Fisher running a 14:12.79 for first overall in the West. Colorado sent a trio through, with Joe Klecker (14:14.75), John Dressel (14:15.23) and 2017 Pac-12 Champion Zach Perrin (14:33.84). UCLA’s Daniel De La Torre qualified on time with his 14:20.57.

USC will represent for the conference in the women’s 4x100 relay. The quartet of Dior Hall, Ky Westbrook, Destinee Brown and Deanna Hill ran a 43.56 to finish third and qualify through. Oregon’s 4x1 DQ’d with an apparent baton exchange zone violation and will not compete at nationals.

Three teams on the men’s side advanced in the quarter-mile relay, as Oregon’s 38.94, USC’s 39.34 and UCLA’s 39.32 all held strong. Oregon’s Damarcus Simpson, Kyree King, Julius Shellmire and Marcus Chambers ran the third-fastest time of the day.

Three advanced in the men’s discus, as Oregon’s Ryan Hunter-Simms (57.04m/187-2), UCLA’s Dotun Ogundeji (56.76m/186-3) and Arizona State’s Kyle Long (56.47m/185-3) all advanced through.

It took a hop, step and a jump but the triple jumpers finally got their moment to shine. USC’s Eric Sloan punched his ticket with his top-leading mark of 16.92m/55-6 ¼. On the women’s side, Oregon’s Chaquinn Cook paced the pack with her 13.51m/44-4 on her third attempt. California’s Ashley Anderson placed eighth overall for a mark of 13.20m/43-3 ¾ and Arizona State’s Keyasia Tibbs placed 10th with her 13.19m/43-3 ¼.

UCLA’s Michael Burke (2.18m/ 7-1 ¾) and Arizona’s Justice Summerset (2.15m/7-0 ½) will head to Eugene from the men’s high jump.

Five women will represent the Pac-12 in the women’s shot put, as Arizona State’s Maggie Ewen led the way with her PR-mark of 17.72m/58-1 ¾ for second overall. USC’s Tanya Sapa (16.78m/55-0 ¾) and Brittany Mann (16.34m/ 53-7 ½) advanced, as well as Stanford’s Lena Giger (17.00/ 55-9 ¼) and UCLA’s Ashlie Blake (17.49m/57-4 ¾).

It will be a Pac-12 party in Eugene for the women’s 4x400, as four league squads punched their tickets through. USC had the fastest time, as Cameron Pettigrew, Amalie Iuel, Anna Cockrell and Kendall Ellis stopped the clock in 3:26.09. Oregon wasn’t far behind, as their squad of Elexis Guster, Raevyn Rogers, Makenzie Dunmore and Deajah Stevens finished in second in 3:28.28. Arizona placed ninth in 3:34.71 for its ticket, while Washington time qualified for the final placing with its 3:35.65.

The Trojan and Wildcat men will join their women’s squads in the mile relay at nationals. USC’s Ricky Morgan Jr, Marquis Morris , Alexander Rohani and Michael Norman finished seventh in 3:04.65, while Arizona’s Bryce Houston, Miles Parish, Michael Demby and Zakee Washington finished eighth in 3:05.28.

Name School Event
Men's 4x4 Arizona Mile Relay
Justice Summerset Arizona M HJ
Aaron Castle Arizona M Shot Put
Bailey Roth Arizona M Steeple
Sage Watson Arizona W 400H
Women's 4x4 Arizona Mile Relay
Karla Teran Arizona W High Jump
Lisanne Hagens Arizona W High Jump
Kyle Long ASU M Discus
Garrett Starkey ASU M Pole Vault
Maggie Ewen ASU W Discus
Maggie Ewen ASU W Hammer
Maggie Ewen ASU W Shot Put
Keyasia Tibbs ASU W TJ
Peter Simon California M Shot Put
Bethan Knights California W 10K
Ashley Anderson California W TJ
Ben Saarel Colorado M 1500
Joe Klecker Colorado M 5K
John Dressel Colorado M 5K
Erin Clark Colorado W 10K
Makena Morley Colorado W 10K
Dani Jones Colorado W 1500
Erin Clark Colorado W 5K
Madison Boreman Colorado W Steeple
Sage Hurta Colorado W Steeple
Damarcus Simpson Oregon M 100
Kyree King Oregon M 100
Tanner Anderson Oregon M 10K
Blake Haney Oregon M 1500
Tim Gorman Oregon M 1500
Kyree King Oregon M 200
Marcus Chambers Oregon M 400
Men's 4x1 Oregon 4x100
Ryan Hunter-Simms Oregon M Discus
Cullen Prena Oregon M Hammer
Cody Danielson Oregon M Javelin
Cole Walsh Oregon M Pole Vault
Ariana Washington Oregon W 100
Deajah Stevens Oregon W 100
Alaysha Johnson Oregon W 100H
Sasha Wallace Oregon W 100H
Katie Rainsberger Oregon W 1500
Ariana Washington Oregon W 200
Deajah Stevens Oregon W 200
Ashante Horsley Oregon W 400
Elexis Guster Oregon W 400
Makenzie Dunmore Oregon W 400
Women's 4x1 Oregon W 4x100
Lilli Burdon Oregon W 5K
Samantha Nadel Oregon W 5K
Brooke Feldmeier Oregon W 800
Raevyn Rogers Oregon W 800
Rhesa Foster Oregon W LJ
Chaquinn Cook Oregon W TJ
Grant Fisher Stanford M 5K
Christina Aragon Stanford W 1500
Rebecca Mehra Stanford W 1500
Fiona O'Keeffe Stanford W 5K
Olivia Baker Stanford W 800
Jenna Gray Stanford W Javelin
Mackenzie Little Stanford W Javelin
Lena Giger Stanford W Shot Put
Misana Viltz UCLA M 110H
Rai Benjamin UCLA M 400H
Men's 4x100 UCLA 4x100
Daniel De La Torre UCLA M 5K
Dotun Ogundeji UCLA M Discus
Michael Burke UCLA M HJ
Marian Spannowsky UCLA M Javelin
Simon Litzell UCLA M Javelin
Austin O'Neil UCLA M Steeple
Julia Rizk UCLA W 800
Zaybree Haury UCLA W Javelin
Ashlie Blake UCLA W Shot Put
Marquis Morris USC M 110H
Michael Norman USC M 400
Ricky Morgan JR USC M 400
Men's 4x1 USC 4x100
Men's 4x4 USC 4x400
Robert Ford USC M 800
Eric Sloan USC M LJ
Matthew Katnik USC M Shot Put
Nicholas Ponzio USC M Shot Put
Eric Sloan USC M TJ
Deanna Hill USC W 100
Ky Westbrook USC W 100
Anna Cockrell USC W 100H
Dior Hall USC W 100H
Deanna Hill USC W 200
Cameron Pettigrew USC W 400
Kendall Ellis USC W 400
Amalie Iuel USC W 400H
Anna Cockrell USC W 400H
Women's 4x1 USC 4x100
Women's 4x4 USC 4x400
Brittany Mann USC W Shot Put
Tanya Sapa USC W Shot Put
Grayson Murphy Utah W Steeple
Isobel Batt-Doyle Washington W 10K
Amy-Eloise Neale Washington W 1500
Laura Anuakpado Washington W 400
Women's 4x4 Washington 4x400
Elizabeth Quick Washington W Pole Vault
Kristina Owsinski Washington W Pole Vault
CJ Allen WSU M 400H
Brock Eager WSU M Hammer
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