Washington Brings 39 To NCAA West Prelims
2021 NCAA West Preliminary Championships
May 26-29 | College Station, Texas (Texas A&M)
SEATTLE – Coming off one of the best Pac-12 performances in school history, and boasting the most West Prelim entries in school history, Washington Track & Field looks to keep the momentum going this week in College Station, Texas, site of the NCAA West Preliminary Championships. The Huskies are attempting to load up on qualifiers for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, and a top-12 finish at West Prelims is the means to that end.
This year for the first time, West Prelims are expanding to a four day meet, and will alternate days between the men and women. The meet begins with men's competition on Wednesday, May 26, and the men compete again on Friday, May 28, while the women's events will take place on Thursday, May 27, and Saturday, May 29.
Texas A&M is hosting the meet, and running events will be streamed online via SEC Network+
Both Husky men's and women's teams placed third at the Pac-12 Championships two weeks ago, the first time ever that both teams finished top-three in the same year. The Dawgs were second only to Oregon in West Prelim entries, with 49, which was a new program-best, breaking the mark of 45 set at the most recent Prelims in 2019. Since then, UW has scratched three entries and now has 46 set to go.
The NCAA Championships start with fields of 96 athletes in every individual event and 48 relays, splitting those fields into a West and East region. Forty-eight individuals in each event and 24 relays are on hand in College Station while the Eastern half meets this week in Jacksonville, Florida. A top-12 finish will mean continuing on to the final site of the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore. from June 9-12.
Two Huskies already advancing to Eugene are Pac-12 heptathlon champion Lyndsey Lopes and third-place finisher Ida Eikeng, as decathletes and heptathletes qualify straight to nationals based on their season-best scores. Lopes and Eikeng will both be competing in open events this week as well.
All individual track events from 100-meters up to the 1,500-meters will have two rounds in College Station, while the 3,000m steeplechase, the 5k and 10k races will have one round, and the relays will have one round as well.
Throws and horizontal jumps will take all 48 entries, broken into three or four flights based on season-bests, and give them all three attempts each, simply taking the top-12 after everyone has had three attempts. The high jump and pole vault bars will keep moving up until only 12 competitors remain.
Huskies At NCAA West Preliminaries
Wednesday, May 26 (all times Pacific)
11:30 am – Men's Hammer – Connor Jost (Flight 2), Jayden White (Flight 3)
11:30 am – Men's Javelin – Dalton Sugg (Flight 2)
1:00 pm – Men's Pole Vault – Chase Smith (Flight 1)
4:00 pm – Men's Shot Put – Sam Van Peursem (Flight 2), Jonah Wilson (Flight 3)
4:00 pm – Men's 110m Hurdles 1st Round – Julian Body
4:30 pm – Men's 1,500m 1st Round – Dustin Nading, Mick Stanovsek, Sam Tanner
6:20 pm – Men's 400m Hurdles 1st Round – Julian Body, Cass Elliott
6:45 pm – Men's 200m 1st Round – Evan Mafilas
7:10 pm – Men's 10,000m Semifinal – Talon Hull, Andrew Jordan, Tibebu Proctor
Thursday, May 27 (all times Pacific)
11:30 am – Women's Javelin – Kathleen Horn (Flight 2), Ida Eikeng (Flight 3)
1:00 pm – Women's Long Jump – Lyndsey Lopes (Flight 1)
1:00 pm – Women's Pole Vault – Makenna Barton (Flight 1)
4:00 pm – Women's Shot Put – MaKayla Kelby (Flight 2)
4:00 pm – Women's 110m Hurdles 1st Round – Ida Eikeng
4:30 pm – Women's 1,500m 1st Round – Anna Gibson, Madison Heisterman, Allie Schadler
5:50 pm – Women's 800m 1st Round – Marlena Preigh, Carley Thomas
6:20 pm – Women's 400m Hurdles 1st Round – Darhian Mills
6:45 pm – Women's 200m 1st Round – Olivia Ribera
7:10 pm – Women's 10,000m Semifinal – Camila David-Smith, Haley Herberg, Andrea Markezich, Naomi Smith
Friday, May 28 (all times Pacific)
11:30 am – Men's Discus – Elijah Mason (Flight 3), Jonah Wilson (Flight 3)
3:45 pm – Men's 1,500m Quarterfinal – Dustin Nading, Mick Stanovsek, Sam Tanner
4:10 pm – Men's 3,000m Steeplechase Quarterfinal – Julius Diehr, Joe Waskom
4:45 pm – Men's 110m Hurdles Quarterfinal – Julian Body
5:55 pm – Men's 400m Hurdles Quarterfinal – Julian Body, Cass Elliott
6:10 pm – Men's 200m Quarterfinal – Evan Mafilas
6:30 pm – Men's 5,000m Quarterfinal – Isaac Green, Luke Houser
Saturday, May 29 (all times Pacific)
11:30 am – Women's Discus – Beatrice Asomaning (Flight 1), MaKayla Kelby (Flight 3)
3:45 pm – Women's 1,500m Quarterfinal – Anna Gibson, Madison Heisterman, Allie Schadler
4:10 pm – Women's 3,000m Steeplechase Quarterfinal – Katie Rainsberger
4:45 pm – Women's 100m Hurdles Quarterfinal – Ida Eikeng
5:35 pm – Women's 800m Quarterfinal – Marlena Preigh, Carley Thomas
5:55 pm – Women's 400m Hurdles Quarterfinal – Darhian Mills
6:10 pm – Women's 200m Quarterfinal – Olivia Ribera
6:30 pm – Women's 5,000m Quarterfinal – Haley Herberg, Allie Schadler, Naomi Smith
7:15 pm – Women's 4x400m Relay Quarterfinal – Ribera/Preigh/Mills/Gersch