Jayhawks secure 38 spots for NCAA West Prelim

LAWRENCE, Kan. – The Kansas track & field program learned Thursday afternoon that 38 entries between the men’s and women’s teams have been accepted into the preliminary round of the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships being held May 25-27 Stadium in Austin, Texas.
For the fifth time since the current NCAA Championship qualifying format was put in place in 2010, Mike A. Myers Stadium at the University of Texas will serve as the host site of the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds next weekend. The other half of the nation will trek to Lexington, Kentucky for the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds being held at the UK Track & Field Complex and hosted by Kentucky.
The No. 11-ranked KU men feature 20 athletes and a relay team earning 24 entries into the meet, while the Jayhawk women boast 12 athletes and two relays earning 14 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 7-10 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.
Kansas Athletes Accepted into the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds
MEN (24 Entries)
Athlete, Event, Time/Mark (Regional Seed)
Barden Adams: Long Jump, 7.62m (#23)
Barden Adams: Triple Jump, 16.29m (#6)
Hussain Al Hizam: Pole Vault, 5.60m (#3)
Jake Albright: Pole Vault, 5.60m (#3)
Paulo Benavides: Pole Vault, 5.40m (#12)
Nicolai Ceban: Shot Put, 18.08m (#33)
Nicolai Ceban: Discus, 60.01m (#4)
Mitch Cooper: Discus, 63.98m (#1)
Mitch Cooper: Hammer Throw (#26)
Quentin Dancer: 100m, 10.39 (#44)
Gleb Dudarev: Hammer Throw, 74.20m (#1)
Denzel Harper: Long Jump, 7.58m (#29)
Ivan Henry: 400m, 46.74 (#38)
Dylan Hodgson: Steeplechase, 8:52.68 (#19)
Bryce Hoppel: 800m, 1:49.94 (#42)
Strymar Livingston: 800m, 1:48.65 (#17)
Brandon Lombardino: Discus, 54.88m (#26)
Joel Long: High Jump, 2.11m (#39)
Nick Maestretti: Pole Vault, 5.30m (#19)
Chris Melgares: 10,000m, 29:30.07 (#36)
Dylan Poirier: Pole Vault, 5.26m (#22)
Ezekiel Welch: Triple Jump, 15.27m (#41)>
Alex Wilson: 400m Hurdles, 52.25 (#48)

Henry, Davis, Daniels, Livingston; 4x400m, 3:07.96 (#15)
WOMEN (14 Entries)
Athlete, Event, Time/Mark (Regional Seed)
Whitney Adams, 800m, 2:06.90 (#22)
Sydney Conley, Long Jump, 6.76m (#1)
Courtney Coppinger, Steeplechase, 10:19.62 (#23)
LaTyria Jefferson, High Jump, 1.78m (#24)
Mariah Kuykendoll, 400m, 53.97, 400m (#43)
Sharon Lokedi, 10,000m, 33:37.01, 10,000m (#8)
Nicole Montgomery, 400m, 53.68, 400m (#31)
Alexis Romero, Pole Vault, 4.21m (#12)
Alaina Schroeder, Steeplechase, 10:21.27 (#27)
Shaylyn Stallbaumer, Javelin, 50.73m (#13)
Laura Taylor, Pole Vault, 4.31m (#11)
Andrea Willis, Pole Vault, 4.07m (#31)

Valentine, Conley, Caldwell, Montgomery; 4x100m, 44.73 (#16)
Kuykendoll, Adams, Newell, Montgomery; 4x400m, 3:35.45 (#10)
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