Pac-12 track & field with 374 entries for NCAA West Prelims
SAN FRANCISCO – Pac-12 members will have 374 combined entries at the 2022 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 25-28 at Arkansas’ John McDonnell Field is one of two, along with the East Regional in Bloomington, Ind. 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 three Pac-12 women and three men – have advanced directly to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore. from June 8-11. 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/d1outdoor22/. 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 p.m. PT on Friday and Saturday.
NCAA WEST PRELIMS – WOMEN’S PREVIEW
Pac-12 athletes will boast 204 women’s event entries at the West Prelims (191 individual, 13 relays), with conference champion and No. 9 nationally ranked Oregon leading the league with 32 (31 plus one relay). No. 15 USC (20 + 2 relays) is second with 22 and No. 24 California is third with 20 (19 + 1 relay).
Among individual declared entries, Pac-12 athletes enter the regional meet with 60 individual marks inside the top-12 in the West Region, including 22 inside the top five and six region-leading marks. A pair of Bowerman Watch List candidates in Arizona State's Jorinde van Klinken (shot put, discus) and California's Camryn Rogers (hammer) own region-leading marks, as do USC's Celera Barnes (100), Colorado's Abby Nichols (5,000, 10,000). In fact, the times and marks from Barnes (100), Nichols (10,000), van Klinken (discus) and Rogers (hammer) are the best in the NCAA this season, with Rogers owning the collegiate record (248-6/75.73). Nichols, the Pac-12 Women's Track Athlete of the Year, will focus on the 5,000 in Fayetteville, where she is ranked second in the NCAA and ninth in NCAA history.
The Pac-12 owns at least five of the top-12 preliminaries qualifiers in four events – 1,500 (six), 5,000 (seven), 10,000 (seven) and hammer (five) – and four in another four events – 100, 800, 3,000m steeplechase and shot put. Stanford's Julia Heymach and Christina Aragon, Colorado's Micaela Degenero, Washington's Anna Gibson and Oregon's Izzy Bott-Thornton are 2-4-5-6-8 in the 1,500; Nichols, Washington's Haley Herberg and Allie Schadler, Colorado's Emily Covert, Utah's Cara Woolnough, and Stanford's Lucy Jenks are 1-6-7-8-9-10 in the 5,000; Nichols, Oregon's Alessia Zarbo, Covert, Herberg, Schadler and Colorado's India Johnson are 1-2-3-5-7-9 in the 10,000; Colorado's Madison Boreman, Oregon's Aneta Konieczek and Oregon State's Grace Fetherstonhaugh and Kaylee Mitchell are 3-4-5-7 in the steeplechase; and Rogers, California's Anna Purchase, and Arizona State's Beatrice Llano and Shelby Moran are 1-3-5-8 in the hammer.
At Hayward Field in June, three of the 24 entries in the NCAA heptathlon will be from the Pac-12, led by Ida Eikeng (5,916) of Washington who will enter with the No. 4 ranked score on the qualifiers' list. Joining Eikeng will be Pac-12 champion Allie Jones of Stanford (ninth, 5,832) and Colorado's Avery McMullen (20th, 5,663).
Pac-12 Women's T&F - Individual Entries (+ Relays)
Arizona – 17 entries (+2 relays)
Arizona State – 14 entries (+1 relay)
California – 19 entries (+1 relay)
Colorado – 17 entries (+1 relay)
Oregon – 31 entries (+1 relay)
Oregon State – 7 entries
Stanford – 14 (+1 relay)
UCLA – 13 entries (+2 relays)
USC – 20 entries (+2 relays)
Utah – 12 entries (+1 relay)
Washington – 18 entries
Washington State – 9 entries (+1 relay)
191 individual entries (+13 relays)
NCAA WEST PRELIMS - MEN'S PREVIEW
Pac-12 athletes will boast 170 men’s event entries at the West Prelims (159 individual, 11 relays), with conference champion and No. 7 nationally ranked Oregon leading the league with 24 (23 plus one relay). No. 19 Stanford (19 + 1 relay) is second with 20, while No. 22 Arizona State (17 + 2 relays), No. 18 USC (17 + 2 relays) and No. 16 Washington (no relays) are tied for third with 19.
Among individual declared entries, Pac-12 athletes enter the regional meet with 51 individual marks inside the top-12 in the West Region, including 26 inside the top five and seven region-leading marks. A trio of Bowerman Watch List candidates in Oregon's Micah Williams (100) and Emmanuel Ihemeje (triple jump), and California's Mykolas Alekna (discus), own region-leading marks, as do Washington's Brian Fay (5,000), Stanford's Charles Hicks (10,000), Arizona State's Jamar Marshall Jr. (110 hurdles) and USC's Earnie Sears III (high jump). Alekna is the collegiate record holder in the discus (225-6/68.73), while Fay, Sears and Ihemeje also lead the NCAA in their respective events this season.
The Pac-12 owns at least six of the top-12 preliminaries qualifiers in three events – 5,000 (nine), 10,000 (seven) and discus (six) – and four in the hammer. Fay, Colorado's Eduardo Herrera, Washington's Kieran Lumb, Stanford's Ky Robinson, Charles Hicks and Cole Sprout, and Oregon's Aaron Bienenfeld are 1-3-4-6-7-9-10 in the 5,000; Hicks, Sprout, Robinson, Lumb, Bienenfeld and Colorado's Andrew Kent and Austin Vancil are 1-2-3-5-6-7-9 in the 10,000; and Alekna, Arizona State's Ralford Mullings and Turner Washington, California's Iffy Joyner and Washington's Elijah Mason are 1-2-3-4-8 in the discus.
Oregon’s Max Vollmer, the Pac-12’s three-time defending decathlon champion, has already qualified for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, as has California's Hakim McMorris and Washington's Olivier Thorner. Vollmer is seeded seventh (8,022), McMorris eighth (7,941) and Thorner 21st (7,602)
Pac-12 - Individual Entries (+ Relays)
Arizona – 12 entries (+1 relay)
Arizona State – 17 entries (+2 relays)
California – 13 entries (+1 relay)
Colorado – 13 entries (+1 relay)
Oregon – 23 entries (+1 relay)
Stanford – 19 entries (+1 relay)
UCLA – 14 entries (+2 relays)
USC – 17 entries (+2 relays)
Washington – 19 entries
Washington State – 12 entries
159 individual entries (+11 relays)