No. 19 Cougars head to NCAA West Preliminaries

(Photo by BYU Photo/Jonathan Hardy)

PROVO, Utah - The No. 19 BYU men’s track and field team heads to Austin, Texas, this weekend to compete in the NCAA West Preliminary Round for bids to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The Cougars qualified the fourth most entries to the preliminary meets of any team in the country, behind Oregon, Texas A&M and Arkansas.

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“Qualifying this many athletes shows that our team has tremendous depth,” head coach Mark Robison said. “Once you get to this meet, everyone has a shot at moving on. The more you qualify here, the more you will likely have at nationals.”

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; 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 Jared Ward in both the 10,000 and 5,000-meter runs. Waite, Weirich and Ward have all qualified in previous seasons for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Competition begins Thursday, May 23, with freshman John Glazier leading things off for the Cougars in the long jump.

A complete list of BYU athletes competing in the meet can be found below. For the meet schedule, broadcast information and live results, visit USTFCCCA.org

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