Five Cougars headed to NCAA Championships

(Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU Photo)

PROVO, Utah - BYU men’s track and field will send five athletes to compete at the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships this week in Eugene, Ore. The meet will be held at Oregon’s Hayward Field and begins Wednesday, June 5, and runs through Saturday, June 8.

"The exciting about this nationals for us is everyone has a shot at making first-team All-American and scoring points," BYU coach Mark Robison said. "Everyone competing for us has NCAA championship meet experience, and that goes a long way."

Starting the meet off for the Cougars on Wednesday will be senior All-American Victor Weirich in the pole vault. The meet will be Weirich’s second NCAA outdoor championships. He took fourth to earn first-team All-America honors in 2011.

Ryan Waite and Curtis Carr will also compete in their respective semifinal rounds on Wednesday in the 800-meter run and 3,000-meter steeplechase.  Waite is a four-time All-American and will compete in his third NCAA outdoor championships. Carr is making his NCAA Track and Field Championships debut, but has experience running at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

On Thursday All-Americans Jared Ward and Tylor Thatcher will compete in the 10,000-meter run finals. In 2012, Ward took fifth place in the same event. Thatcher received All-America honors in cross country and was a qualifier for the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Athlete Event Schedule
Victor Weirich Pole Vault Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. PT, Final
Ryan Waite 800 meters Wednesday, 5:45 p.m. PT, Semifinal
Curtis Carr 3,000 meter steeplechase Wednesday, 6:45 p.m. PT, Semifinal
Tylor Thatcher 10,000 meters Thursday, 7:15 p.m. PT, Final
Jared Ward 10,000 meters Thursday, 7:15 p.m. PT, Final
Complete results, heat sheets and quotes will be posted on NCAA.com/trackandfield throughout the competition and at the conclusion of each day of the meet.

Ticket Information

Tickets for all four days of the championships are currently on sale. Tickets may be purchased on line at goducks.com/tracktickets, by calling 1-800-WEBFOOT, in person at the Athletic Ticket Office located in the Moshofsky Center or at the Hayward Field ticket windows on the days of the meet.

Broadcast Plans

ESPN3/ESPNU will broadcast the majority of the meet, with supplementary webcasting on Pac-12 Live Stream. The broadcast schedule (all times Pacific):

Day Time TV/Web
Wednesday, June 5 12 p.m.-8 p.m. Pac-12 Live Stream
Thursday, June 6 11 a.m.-3:50 p.m.  Pac-12 Live Stream
  3:50 p.m.-8 p.m.  ESPN3.com
Friday, June 7 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Pac-12 Live Stream
  4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. ESPNU/ESPN3.com
Saturday, June 8 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. Pac-12 Live Stream
  2 p.m.-4 p.m. ESPNU/ESPN3.com

Days three and four of competition will be rebroadcast on ESPNU on Sunday, June 9, at 7 a.m. MT and Monday, June 10, at 11 a.m. MT.

Scoring

The top eight places in each event score. The points are assigned as follows: 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.