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HORNET STADIUM TO HOST NCAA WEST PRELIMINARY BEGINNING ON THURSDAY

HORNET STADIUM TO HOST NCAA WEST PRELIMINARY BEGINNING ON THURSDAY

Meet Information

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — For the second consecutive year, Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium will serve as the host site for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary. The meet will be held May 23-25 with single day and all-session tickets available. The action starts on Thursday and Friday with the throwing events at 12 p.m. and track events at 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, the first throwing event is at 2:45 p.m. and the track events start at 6 p.m.

Over 120 teams, ranging from Hawaii to Illinois, will be competing in the NCAA West Preliminary with athletes looking for a chance to advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Each individual event will have 48 entries with the top 12 moving on to the finals in Austin, Texas.

The West Preliminary will feature some of the elite student-athletes in NCAA Div. I as seven women and five men are finalists for the Bowerman Award which goes to the top track and field collegiate athlete. One of the biggest battles could come in the women's 100-hurdles where Janeek Brown of Arkansas enters with the fastest time in the nation in 12.55 seconds set at the SEC Championships. USC's Chanel Brissett is tied for second nationally with a best of 12.70 to win the Pac-12 Championships. Three other Pac-12 women are also finalists for the Bowerman. The trio is made up of Washington pole vaulter Olivia Griver, Oregon's Jessica Hull and Colorado's Dani Jones. Griver and Hull (1500) lead the country in their events while Jones will take part in the 5K. The other finalists who will be appearing at the meet are discus thrower Shadae Lawrence of Colorado State and Texas' Ashtin Zamzow who will compete in the 100-hurdles and javelin. Lawrence leads D1 with a long of 213-05 to win the Mountain West title.

On the men's side, Divine Oduduru of Texas Tech has established himself as the fastest man in Div. I this season. Oduduru has run 9.94 in the 100 and 19.76 in the 200. He is one of just four men to run sub 10 seconds in the 100 and is the only Div. I athlete to break 20 seconds in the 200 this year. Devin Dixon of Texas A&M owns the fastest time in the 800 this season in 1:44.76. That time leads Div. I by .74 seconds.

Chris Nilsen of South Dakota returns after placing second at last season's NCAA Championships. Nilson has a best of 19-02.25 which ranks second in the country and makes him one of two to go over 19 feet this season. Wisconsin's Morgan McDonald (5K) and North Dakota State's Payton Otterdahl (SP/DIS) complete the list of finalists for the men.

Although this meet will not be team scored, the NCAA West Preliminary will feature 11 men's teams and 13 women's teams which are ranked among the top 20. The Texas Tech men are currently ranked first in the latest USTFCCCA poll. The Red Raiders were followed by Texas A&M (fourth), Oregon (fifth), BYU (sixth), Houston (seventh) and USC (10th) in the top 10.

The top three women's team, and four of the top five will all be in attendance. The list is headlined by Arkansas and also includes USC, Texas A&M and New Mexico. Texas (ninth) and Oregon (10th) are also in the top 10.

Sacramento State will advanced eight student-athletes who will compete in 10 events over the three days. On Thursday, Jade Cany and Shelby Dozier will take part in the women's high jump at 3:30 p.m. Cassidy Zurn will run the 400-hurdles starting at 4:30 p.m., Amy Quinones will participate in the 1500 at 5:30 p.m. and Shilah Bedingfield will compete the track events with the 100 at 6:30 p.m. The Hornets' final competitor for the opening day will be Brittany Patterson in the long jump at 6:45 p.m.

On Friday, Kyle Peterson will start the team's action with the men's discus at 4 p.m. Bedingfield will open the 200 at 7:55 p.m. The team could also have Bedingfield and Zurn compete in the quarterfinals of the 100 and 400-hurdles, respectively.

The final day on Saturday will see Patterson in the women's triple jump at 3 p.m. and Jelaia Jones in the women's shot put at 5:15 p.m. The day will also have the quarterfinals of the women's 1500 and 200.

A complete schedule and links to tickets can be found by selection the meet information link at the top of the page.

NATIONAL LEADERS
Men's 100 - Divine Oduduru, Texas Tech, 9.94
Men's 200 - Divine Oduduru, Texas Tech, 19.76
Men's 800 - Devin Dixon, Texas A&M, 1:44.76
Women's 800- Avi'Tal Wilson-Perteete, UNLV, 2:02.41
Men's 1500 - Oliver Hoare, WIsconsin, 3:37.29
Women's 1500 - Jessica Hull, Oregon, 4:12.08
Men's 5K - Tyler Day, Northern Arizona, 13:25.06
Women's 5K - Weini Kelati, New Mexico, 15:23.46
Men's 10K - Connor McMillan, BYU, 28:11.30
Women's 10K - Allie Ostrander, Boise State, 32:06.71
Womens' 100H - Janeek Brown, Arkansas, 12.55
Men's 400H - Cameron Samuel, USC, 49.09
Women's 400H - Ranae McKenzie, Kansas State, 56.11
Men's Steeplechase - Ryan Smeeton, Oklahoma State, 8:27.90
Women's Steeplechase - Allie Ostrander, Boise State, 9:45.66
Women's 4x100 - USC, 42.44
Men's 4x400 Texas A&M, 3:01.77
Men's High Jump - Earnie Sears, USC, 7-05.35
Women's High Jump - Andrea Stapleton-Johnson, BYU, 6-02.25
Women's Pole Vault - Olivia Gruver, Washington, 15-06.25
Men's Shot Put - Jordan Geist, Arizona, 70-10.00
Women's Discus - Shadae Lawrence, Colorado State, 213-05
Women's Hammer - Beatrice Llano, Arizona State, 234-04
Women's Javelin - Mackinze Little, Stanford, 195-01