Two Cougars qualify for NCAA Championships

(Photo by Jonathan Hardy/BYU Photo)

AUSTIN, Texas – Day one of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary was a success for BYU as Jared Ward and Tylor Thatcher punched their tickets to Eugene for the NCAA Championships and four others advanced to the semifinal round.

Ward took fourth in the 10,000 meters with a time of 30:01.87 while Thatcher wasn’t far behind with an eighth place finish and a time of 30:11.22. The top 12 advanced to Eugene, Ore., for the NCAA Championships June 5 to 8. Ward will have a chance to repeat as an All-American after he finished fifth in 2012.

Marcus Dickson was the first Cougar to advance on Thursday as he took sixth in the first heat in the 1,500 meters with a time of 3:47.93. Dickson did not qualify automatically as he did not finish in the top five of his heat. After waiting for the next three heats to finish, Dickson learned he would advance as he was among the top four runners that did not earn an automatic spot in the semifinals. Dickson will next run on Saturday.

Cade Lindahl took third in his heat in the 400 meters to advance to Friday’s semifinal. Lindahl finished with a time of 46.60, seven one-hundredths of a second ahead of Justin Allen of Baylor to earn the last automatic qualifying spot in his heat.

Two Cougars in the 800 meters were able to nab a spot in Friday’s 800 meter semifinal. Ryan Waite took third in the second heat with a time of 1:49.65 to move on to the semifinal. David Graham finished one spot behind in the same heat with a time of 1:49.66 and had to wait until the heats were done to learn his fate. Graham earned his spot in the semifinals by ranking among the six top finishers that did not qualify automatically.

The top 12 in the semifinals in each event will advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore.

Several other Cougars competed on Thursday but did not advance. See results for all of BYU’s competitors below.

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Athlete Event Place Mark Result
John Glazier Long Jump 35th overall 7.21m (23-8.00) did not advance
Korey Smith 400m hurdles 6th in heat 53.04 did not advance
Marcus Dickson 1500m 6th in heat 3:47.93 advanced to Saturday’s semifinal
Fan Fan Charles 100m 8th in heat 10.58 did not advance
Dakoda John High Jump 36th overall 2.02m (6-7.50) did not advance 
Sam Rockwood High Jump  15th overall 2.12m (6-11.50) did not advance
Cade Lindahl 400m 3rd in heat 46.60 advanced to Saturday’s semifinal
David Graham 800m 4th in heat 1:46.66 advanced to Friday’s semifinal
Ryan Waite 800m 3rd in heat 1:49.65 advanced to Friday’s semifinal
Taylor Farnsworth 10000m 32nd overall 31:29.75 did not advance
Conner Peloquin 10000m 31st overall 31:24.03 did not advance
Tylor Thatcher 10000m 8th overall 30:01.87 advanced to NCAA Championships
Jared Ward 10000m 4th overall 30:11.22 advanced to NCAA Championships