BYU to send 25 to NCAA West Preliminary

(Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO, Utah – All-American distance runner Jared Ward will lead 25 BYU student-athletes to the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field West Championships in Austin, Texas, from May 23 to 25.

Ward will compete in both the 10,000-meter and the 5,000-meter runs, where he is ranked fourth and seventh, respectively.

The top 48 athletes in the region in each event qualify for the Preliminary Rounds. In the preliminaries, the top 12 athletes in each event move on to the NCAA Championships, held June 6 to 9 in Eugene, Ore.

The Cougars have five athletes ranked in the top 12 of their respective events heading into the meet; Ryan Waite in the 800-meter run, Steve Flint in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Victor Weirich in the pole vault, Tylor Thatcher in the 10,000-meter run and Ward in both the 10,000-meter and 5,000-meter runs. 

A complete list of the BYU athletes accepted into the meet is below. The full list of participants at the West Preliminary Round can be found at NCAA.com.

Event Student-Athlete
100m Fan Fan Charles
400m Cade Lindahl
400m Hurdles Korey Smith
800m David Graham
  Ryan Waite
1500m Marcus Dickson
3,000m Steeplechase Daniel Carney
  Curtis Carr
  Steve Flint
  Erik Harris
  James Tracy
5,000m Steve Flint
  Thomas Gruenewald
  Tylor Thatcher
  Jared Ward
  Jason Witt
10,000m Taylor Farnsworth
  Conner Peloquin
  Tylor Thatcher
  Jared Ward
High Jump Dakoda John
  Sam Rockwood
Long Jump John Glazier
Pole Vault Braydon Bringhurst
  Victor Weirich
Shot Put Dennis Christensen
Javelin Keith Keller
  Kyle Baker