Nearly 300 Pac-12 Track & Field athletes to College Station for NCAA West Prelims
SAN FRANCISCO – Pac-12 members will have over 350 combined entries at the 2021 NCAA West Prelims with their sights set on qualifying for the NCAA Championships to be held next month at Oregon's Hayward Field.
The West Regional, held from May 26-29 at Texas A&M’s at E.B. Cushing Stadium is one of two, along with the East Regional in Jacksonville, Fla. Athletes qualified by achieving the top 48 marks from each half of the country. The exceptions are the relays, in which 24 teams advanced.
The top 12 in each event at the two regional sites advance to the NCAA Championships, creating a 24-participant field. The top 24 in the multi-events – including four Pac-12 women and one man – have advanced directly to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. from June 9-12. There are no heptathlon or decathlon competitions at the regional meets.
A complete list of men's and women's competitors, as well as schedule of events and live results of the NCAA West Regional are available at rtspt.com/ncaa/d1outdoor21/. The meet will be streamed on SEC Network+ beginning with the start of running events each day – 4 p.m. PT on Wednesday and Thursday and 3:30 p.m. PT on Friday and Saturday.
NCAA WEST PRELIMS – WOMEN’S PREVIEW
Pac-12 athletes will boast 200 women’s event entries at the West Prelims (188 individual, 12 relays), with Conference champion and No. 2 nationally ranked USC leading the league with 29 (27 plus two relays). No. 10 OREGON (25 + 2 relays) is second with 27 and No. 22 WASHINGTON is third with 25 (24 + 1 relay). STANFORD will have 20 individual entries (no relays).
Among individual declared entries, Pac-12 athletes enter the regional meet with 62 individual marks inside the top-12 in the West Region, including 28 inside the top-5 and six region-leading marks. A trio of Bowerman Watch List candidates in USC’s Twanisha Terry (100) and Anna Cockrell (400m hurdles), and Cal’s Camryn Rogers (hammer) own region-leading marks, as do COLORADO’s Sage Hurta (1,500), ARIZONA’s Samantha Noennig (shot put) and ARIZONA STATE’s Jorinde van Klinken (discus). In fact, the times and marks from Hurta (1,500), Cockrell (400m hurdles), van Klinken (discus) and Rogers (hammer) are the best in the NCAA this season. USC’s 4x100-meter relay also owns the top time in the West Region (42.63).
The Pac-12 owns five of the top-12 preliminaries qualifiers in three events – 100, 400 and hammer – and four in another eight events – 200, 3,000m steeplechase, 5,000, 10,000, 400m hurdles, high jump, triple jump and javelin. Terry and Oregon’s Kemba Nelson are 1-2 in the 100, USC’s Kaelin Roberts and Kyra Constantine are 2-3 in the 400 and Rogers and UCLA’s Alyssa Wilson are 1-2 in the hammer.
At Hayward Field in June, four of the 24 entries in the NCAA heptathlon will be from the Pac-12, led by Pac-12 champion Lyndsey Lopes (5,735) of Washington who will enter with the No. 11 ranked score on the qualifiers’ list. Joining Lopes will be Stanford’s Allie Jones (13th, 5,727), Washington’s Ida Eikeng (18th, 5,659) and Arizona’s Skylar Sieban (19th, 5,635).
Pac-12 Women's T&F - Individual Entries (+ Relays) & Athletes
Arizona – 10 entries (+1 relay), 8 athletes
Arizona State – 18 entries (+1 relay), 16 athletes
California – 13 entries (+1 relay), 11 athletes
Colorado – 17 entries (+1 relay), 14 athletes
Oregon – 25 entries (+2 relays), 20 athletes
Oregon State – 7 entries, 7 athletes
Stanford – 20 entries, 14 athletes
UCLA – 11 entries (+2 relays), 8 athletes
USC – 27 entries (+2 relays), 20 athletes
Utah – 5 entries (+1 relay), 4 athletes
Washington – 24 entries (+1 relay), 20 athletes
Washington State – 11 entries, 10 athletes
188 entries (+12 relays), 152 individual athletes
NCAA WEST PRELIMS - MEN'S PREVIEW
Pac-12 athletes will boast 166 men’s event entries at the West Prelims (158 individual, 8 relays), with Conference champion and No. 2 nationally ranked Oregon leading the league with 34 (33 plus one relay). Washington (no relays) is second with 24 and No. 4 USC is third with 19 (17 + 2 relays).
Among individual declared entries, Pac-12 athletes enter the regional meet with 54 individual marks inside the top-12 in the West Region, including 28 inside the top-5 and five region-leading marks, including two each from Oregon’s Cole Hocker (1,500 and 5,000) and Arizona State’s Turner Washington (shot put and discus). Hocker and Washington are joined on the Bowerman Watch List by the Ducks’ Cooper Teare, who is No. 2 in the 5,000 behind Hocker. Teare actually owns the No. 2 time in the country and No. 1 time in the West Region in the 1,500 (3:35.97), but is not running the event in College Station this week. USC’s Isaiah Jewett (800), Hocker (5,000) and Washington (shot put and discus) lead all collegians on the NCAA’s descending order list this season.
The Pac-12 owns five of the top-12 preliminaries qualifiers in three events – 1,500, shot put and discus – and four in another four events – 3,000m steeplechase, 5,000, 400m hurdles and hammer. Hocker, Washington State’s Paul Ryan and Washington’s Sam Tanner are 1-4-5 in the 1,500, Washington, USC’s Matthew Katnik, Arizona’s Jordan Geist and USC’s McKay Johnson are 1-2-3-5 in the shot put and USC's Nathan Bultman, Arizona’s Israel Oloyede and Geist are 2-3-5 in the hammer.
Oregon’s Max Vollmer, the Pac-12’s decathlon champion, has already qualified for the NCAA Championships in Eugene. His score of 7,695 points at the Jim Click Shootout in early April is seeded ninth on the national qualifiers’ list.
Pac-12 - Individual Entries (+ Relays) & Athletes
Arizona – 14 entries (+2 relays), 10 athletes
Arizona State – 16 entries (+1 relay), 12 athletes
California – 9 entries, 7 athletes
Colorado – 7 entries (+1 relay), 6 athletes
Oregon – 33 entries (+1 relay), 26 athletes
Stanford – 18 entries, 14 athletes
UCLA – 8 entries (+1 relay), 6 athletes
USC – 17 entries (+2 relays), 15 athletes
Washington – 24 entries, 22 athletes
Washington State – 12 entries, 10 athletes
158 entries (+8 relays), 128 individual athletes