SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Kansas track & field junior Bryce Hoppel extended his individual race win-streak to 17 and solidified his spot at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in the 800-meter run, and sophomore Alexandra Emilianov punched her ticket to Austin, Texas in the discus on day two of the NCAA West Preliminary Round in Sacramento, California.
Hoppel’s win came with a late push to pass Texas A&M’s Devin Dixon to clock in at 1:46.09 for the win and the ticket to Austin. The time was good for the No. 6 performance in Kansas men’s track & field history.
Emilianov was the 10th-ranked finisher in the West region in the discus on Friday, with her third and final throw of the day being her best at 55.36 meters (181-7 ft.).
Along with the two NCAA Championships qualifiers, freshman Cordell Tinch moved on to the quarterfinal round of the men’s 110-meter hurdles in Sacramento by posting the second-fastest time in the first round. Tinch clocked in with a lifetime-best of 13.63 seconds, which is the fourth-fastest finish in program history.
Although he was unable to advance to Austin after just missing qualifying with a 13th-place finish, junior Cody Johnson posted a personal-best time in the 400-meter hurdles quarterfinal of 50.69 seconds. The time improves Johnson’s standing as the No. 5 performer in KU history in the event.
Senior Nicole Montgomery finished 18th overall in the quarterfinals of the women’s 800-meter run with a personal-best time of 2:06.08, which aids her standing as the No. 4 performer in the Kansas annals.
The NCAA West Preliminary Rounds are slated to conclude on Saturday, May 25 from Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, California. The Jayhawks will have a total of five entries on the final day of preliminary action.