NCAA West Preliminary Meet Headquarters

The Sacramento State track & field team will send 11 student-athletes to the NCAA West Preliminary in Austin, Texas, it was announced today. The 11 entries are comprised of four women and seven men competing in five events. Each individual event will have 48 competitors and the top 12 marks and times will move on to the NCAA Div. I Outdoor Championships. The West Preliminary will take place on May 25-27 at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the Texas campus.

The Hornet women will have two competitors in the 400-hurdles and high jump. Carly Schulz is currently ranked 38th in the region with a best of 59.86 which came at the Hornet Invitational in March. Cassidy Zurn recently earned all-Big Sky honors after placing third in the event at last weekend's Big Sky Conference Championships. Zurn ran 1:00.20 during the meet for her season best and owns the 47th-fastest time in the region.

Both Candice Dominguez and Elizabeth Venzon have claimed conference titles in the high jump in 2017. Dominguez won the outdoor championship with a career best effort of 5-10.25. That mark moved her into second place in school history and ties her for 22nd place in the West region this year. Venzon was the Big Sky indoor champion and also finished first in the heptathlon at the outdoor championships. She has a best of 5-08.75 which came at the Hornet Invitational and is seeded 43rd among the declared athletes in the event.

The men will split seven entries among three events. The Hornets will have three individuals taking part in the triple jump. The group is led by junior Darius Armstead who won the Big Sky title at the indoor and outdoor championships during his first year with the team. Armstead has jumped over 50 feet in four meets this year and is currently ninth in the region with a best of 53-01.50. Freshman Jah Strange and junior Mohamed Abdullah also qualified for the event. Strange was third at the Big Sky Championships and set his career best with a leap of 50-04.00. Abdullah placed fourth at the conference meet and owns a best of 50-00.75 from the Causeway Classic Dual. The pair are ranked 35th and 43rd, respectively in the field.

Andre Lindsey and Aric Walden both earned spots in the 110-hurdles after strong showings at the Big Sky meet. The pair finished 1-2 in the event with each setting season bests. Lindsey won the race in 14.05 which moved him to 23rd place in the region. Walden is seeded 31st with a best of 14.11.

Senior Michael Turner and junior Cory Barger qualified in the long jump. Turner finished first at the Big Sky Championships with a career best of 25-08.00 which moved him into second place in Hornet history. That distance places him 14th in the region this year. Barger jumped 24-08.50 at the Brutus Hamilton Challenge for his career long and finished fourth at the conference meet with a best of 24-03.50.

Complete information for the meet, including a schedule can be accessed by selecting the link at the top of the page.