Seven qualify for NCAA track prelims


May 18, 2017

FULL LIST OF QUALIFIERS

RENO, Nev.
– Coming off the best conference championship finish since 2011, seven Nevada Wolf Pack runners, jumpers and throwers are headed to Austin, Texas for the NCAA West Preliminaries.

The meet, hosted by the Texas Longhorns, is comprised of the top 48 individuals in each event from the region competing for a spot in the NCAA Championships. The top 12 from each event will advance to Eugene, Ore. to compete June 7-10. Seniors Nicole Wadden, Emily Myers, Kadeisha Hield, Fiyin Olusola and Alison Powers, along with juniors Brittany Graves and Katia Coquis Lossio, will represent Nevada, competing from May 25-27. The total of seven Wolf Pack athletes is one more than last season and matches the 2015 delegation.

Myers will be one of two Pack representatives on the track, competing in the 3000 meter steeplechase. Myers took silver in the race at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships. Her best time this season came at Stanford’s Cardinal Invitational on April 22 where she crossed the finish line in 10:15.22. She will enter the prelims ranked 17th in the West. Joining her is Olusola, who is currently the No. 20 100m hurdler in the West. Her best time of 13.21, which converted to 13.25 at altitude, came in the preliminary race the Mountain West Championships. She would go on to take bronze in the event.

Wadden comes in as the highest ranked athlete on the Nevada squad, competing in the high jump at No. 7 in the region. Wadden has already qualified for the NCAA Championships in the heptathlon, an event that doesn’t go through a preliminary round, but will be looking to add an event in Eugene. Her best high jump mark of the year is also the best of her career, clearing 6 feet and 0.5 inches (1.84m) en route to a bronze medal at the Mountain West Championships.

Hield is coming off a big personal record in the long jump that put her in the top 48 in the region.  She took bronze at conference with her leap of 20 feet and 2.25 inches (6.15m) to also snag the Nevada program record and place her in 29th in the region. Graves did something much similar, taking silver at the conference meet with her mark of 40 feet and 9 inches (12.42m), a personal best that moved her to third on the Nevada all-time list and made her the No. 44 triple jumper in the west. Coquis Lossio set also set a personal record and took silver at the Mountain West Championships, throwing the javelin 156’ 11” (47.83m). She’s No. 25 in the West and now No. 7 in program history. Finally, Powers will enter the meet as the No. 41 pole vaulter in the region. Her best height of 13 feet and 3.75 inches (4.06m) was hit at the Cardinal Classic.

The meet will be streamed via the Longhorn Network and a final events schedule will be available as prelims near.


 

 

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