Jayhawks Secure 32 Spots for NCAA West Preliminary



LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas track & field program learned Thursday afternoon that 32 entries between the men’s and women’s teams have been accepted into the preliminary round of the 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships being held May 26-28 at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence.
Kansas will host the NCAA Championship West Preliminary for the first time since the current qualifying format began in 2010. The other half of the nation will trek to Jacksonville, Florida for the NCAA East Preliminary being held at Hodges Stadium and hosted by North Florida.
The No. 25-ranked KU men feature 16 athletes and a relay team earning 17 entries into the meet, while the Jayhawk women boast 11 athletes and two relays earning 15 entries into the NCAA West Preliminary.
The NCAA Selection Committee accepted the top-48 performers in each individual event and the top-24 relay teams in both relays to compete at each site hosting the NCAA Preliminary Rounds for a total of 96 individuals and 48 relays competing nationwide.
When competing in the NCAA Preliminary Rounds, the top-12 finishers in each open and relay event will qualify for the national semifinal and final rounds of the 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships scheduled to run June 8-11 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Kansas Athletes Accepted into the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds
MEN (17 Entries)
Athlete, Event, Time/Mark (Regional Seed)
Barden Adams, Triple Jump, 15.36m (#30)
Hussain Al Hizam, Pole Vault, 5.26m (#21)
Jake Albright, Pole Vault, 5.50m (#4)
Paulo Benavides, Pole Vault, 5.20m (#33)
Ben Burchstead, Steeplechase, 8:50.04 (#25)
Nicolai Ceban, Discus, 58.17m (#8)
Mitchell Cooper, Discus, 62.56m (#1)
Ivan Henry, 400m, 46.59 (#22)
Dylan Hodgson, Steeplechase, 8:50.04 (#21)
Evan Landes, 10,000m, 28:58.43 (#6)
Strymar Livingston, 800m, 1:48.42 (#18)
Greg Lupton, Pole Vault, 5.26m (#21)
Nick Maestretti, Pole Vault, 5.35m (#11)
Drew Matthews, 400m, 47.18 (#47)
Nick Meyer, Pole Vault, 5.50m (#4)
Alex Wilson, 400m Hurdles, 52.29 (#45)
Henry, Hartley, Daniels, Livingston; 4x400m, 3:05.73 (#9)
WOMEN (15 Entries)
Athlete, Event, Time/Mark (Regional Seed)
Whitney Adams, 800m, 2:05.43 (#13)
Courtney Coppinger, Steeplechase, 10:31.01 (#48)
Daina Levy, Discus, 52.95m (#24)
Daina Levy, Hammer Throw, 68.35m (#2)
Sharon Lokedi, 10,000m, 33:10.06 (#5)
Kelly McKee, Triple Jump, 12.48m (#44)
Kelli McKenna, Steeplechase, 10:23.28 (#31)
Adriana Newell, 400m, 53.76 (#25)
Zainab Sanni, 100m, 11.36 (#16)
Zainab Sanni, 200m, 23.33 (#22)
Shaylyn Stallbaumer, Javelin, 51.02m (#12)
Laura Taylor, Pole Vault, 4.06m (#37)
Dasha Tsema, Discus, 54.47m (#12)
Valentine, Montgomery, Sanni, Newell; 4x100m, 44.97 (#20)
Adams, Montgomery, Sanni, Newell; 4x400m, 3:36.80 (#16)
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