Runner Advances at NCAA Regional
May 27, 2005
Eugene, Ore. - Two of five qualified athletes for the University of Nevada track & field team competed in the NCAA West Regional hosted at Oregon on Friday. The meet is one of four currently being held this weekend to determine which athletes qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.
The top five finishers from each regional individual event (and top three in each relay) automatically advance to the NCAA Championships, Wed.-Sat., June 8-11 in Sacramento, Calif. The following Monday, another 5-8 athletes per event that finished sixth, seventh or eighth in their regionals (often because of injury, sickness, etc.) will also be selected by the NCAA championships committee via an at-large method based on season bests.
On Friday, Nevada had one of four throwers compete as well as its only qualified runner. Sophomore Kali Baker (Las Vegas, Nev.) qualified for her second-straight finals in the 800-meters after taking the last qualifier spot. Baker ran a 2:07.65, a conservative time for the recent WAC Champion in the 1,500-meters, so as not to waste her energy for Saturday's finals. The time puts her eighth in the field with the leader Aneta Lemiesz of BYU having taken the top spot at 2:05.66. Last year Baker won the same event at the regional hosted at Northridge with a 2:04.99, setting a new school record, after running 2:06.41 in the preliminary the first day.
Senior Sarah Woydziak (Reno, Nev.) finished off her career in the Silver and Blue as she competed in the hammer throw. Woydziak missed the cut for finals and placed 12th with her throw of 179'08".
Baker will compete Saturday evening in the 800-meter finals as will the remaining three throwers who have not yet had a chance to compete. Senior Jamie Martino (Sparks, Nev.) will throw in the shot put, the event which she just won the WAC title in two weeks ago, and freshmen Inger Appanaitis (Brookings, Ore.) and Megan Lytle (Redmond, Ore.) in the javelin.