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Track & Field Heads to Fayetteville for NCAA West Prelims

May 20, 2022
Jacob Wilson (photo by Isaac Williamson -- Pac-12 Conference)

LOS ANGELES – UCLA Track & Field is set to continue its 2022 postseason campaign at the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds, a four-day competition hosted by the University of Arkansas.
MEET INFORMATION – NCAA West Preliminary Rounds

  • Wednesday, May 25 – Saturday, May 28
  • John McDonnell Field (University of Arkansas)

Meet Format / Qualifying for NCAA Championships
The NCAA West Preliminaries will feature the top 48 athletes in the West Region in each individual event and the top 24 teams in each relay competition. The top 12 finishers/teams in each event will advance to the NCAA Championships (June 9-11 in Eugene, Ore.). The top 12 finishers in the East Region will also qualify, with 24 athletes competing in each event at the National Meet.
Men's qualifying heats and field events will take place on Wednesday and Friday of this week. Women's qualifying heats and field events will take place on Thursday and Saturday of this week.
DECLARED ENTRIES – UCLA on West Region Performance Lists
The following student-athletes and relay teams have registered times/marks that earned qualification to the NCAA West Preliminaries. The top 48 individuals and the top 24 relays in the West Region earned qualification.
Women's Qualifiers – 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay, Catherine Leger (200m), Makenzy Pierre-Webster (200m), Shae Anderson (400m), Rose Pittman (800m), Gwyn George (1500m), Alyssa Bautista (10,000m), Emma Tavella (3000m steeplechase), Lyvante Su'emai (shot put, discus, hammer), Natalie Ramirez (discus), Jillian Stafford (hammer), Lauren McFall (javelin)
Men's Qualifiers – 4x100m relay, 4x400m relay, Cameron Reynolds (400m), Ismail Turner (400m), Myles Misener-Daley (400m), Peter Herold (3000m steeplechase), Munir Kabbara (3000m steeplechase), Darius Riley (3000m steeplechase), Sean Lee (high jump), Tate Curran (pole vault), Matthew DeRoos (triple jump), Jacob Wilson (shot put, hammer), Aidan Elbettar (discus), Ugonna Ikejiofor (discus), Kris Emig (hammer)
LAST TIME OUT – 2021 NCAA West Preliminary Rounds
Harrison Schrage took care of business on day one of Prelims in College Station, Texas, finishing fourth in the long jump with a wind-aided mark of 7.96m (26-01.50). Ilaria Casarotto, the program record holder in the women's javelin, was second overall in the event with a toss of 50.76m (166-6). The final day of competition saw Ismail Turner (400m), the women's 4x100m and 4x400m relays, and Alyssa Wilson (discus) pick up their bids to NCAAs. Wilson had also already notched qualification in the women's hammer earlier in the week.
MEET RECAP – Pac-12 Championships (May 13-15)
The Bruins secured numerous impressive performances at the 2022 Pac-12 Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. The women's 4x400m relay team – Catherine Leger, Kate Jendrezak, Makenzy Pierre-Webster, and Shae Anderson – earned the victory with a time of 3:31.49 and beat out USC by a second. Emma Tavella broke the school record in the steeplechase in just her third-ever appearance in the event, clocking a time of 10:07.74 for seventh place overall. Cameron Reynolds and Ismail Turner went 2-3 in the men's 400m final, with Reynolds earning a lifetime-best time of 45.47, the ninth-fastest time in program history in the event. Peter Herold (8:42.22) and Munir Kabbara (8:44.05) finished in fifth and sixth place, respectively, in the men's steeple, securing the No. 5 and No. 7 respective positions on UCLA's all-time performers list in the event.
UCLA ALL-TIME TOP-10 LIST – 2022 Season Times/Marks
Below is a running list of Bruins who have achieved all-time program top-10 marks this season:

  • 1. Emma Tavella – Women's 3000m Steeplechase – 10:07.74
  • 5. Kris Emig – Men's Hammer – 67.36m (221-0)
  • 5. Peter Herold – Men's 3000m Steeplechase – 8:42.22
  • 7. Munir Kabbara – Men's 3000m Steeplechase – 8:44.05
  • 8. Rose Pittman – Women's 800m – 2:05.12
  • 8. Women's 4x100m Relay – 43.77
  • 9. Lyvante Su'emai – Women's Hammer – 59.70m (195-10)
  • 9. Cameron Reynolds – Men's 400m – 45.47
  • 9. Men's 4x400m Relay – 3:03.53
  • 10. Jillian Stafford – Women's Hammer – 59.15m (194-0)