Weirich clears bar to qualify for NCAA championships

(Photo by Jonathan Hardy/BYU Photo)

AUSTIN, Texas – On the last day of competition at the NCAA West Preliminary, Victor Weirich became the fifth member of the BYU men’s track and field team to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Weirich tied for first with two others with a height of 17 feet 8.5 inches to easily qualify. The junior from Fredericksburg, Texas, will be returning to the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the first time since 2011 when he finished fourth to earn All-America honors. Weirich has competed in the NCAA Indoor Championships in each of the last three seasons and earned second-team All-America honors twice and first-honors once.

Braydon Bringhurst also competed in the pole vault but finished outside of the top 12 that qualify for nationals as he tied for 17th.

Saturday’s list of competitors also included two Cougars in the javelin, one in the 1,500 meters and three in the 5,000 meters. Keith Keller and Kyle Baker took 16th and 41st, respectively, in the javelin while Marcus Dickson was seventh in his heat in the 1,500 meters.

Jared Ward (seventh in his heat), Thomas Grueunwald (11th in his heat) and Jason Witt (19th in his heat) all competed in the 5,000 meters but did not advance.

Weirich will be joined by Ryan Waite (800 meters), Curtis Carr (steeplechase), Jared Ward (10,000 meters) and Tylor Thatcher (10,000 meters) at the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., June 5 to 8.

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Day 1 recap

Day 2 recap

Day 3 Results
Athlete Event Place Mark Result
Keith Keller Javelin 16th overall 66.47m, 218-01 did not advance
Kyle Baker Javelin 41st 57.65m, 189-02 did not advance
Marcus Dickson 1500m 7th in heat 3:50.14 did not advance
Victor Weirich Pole Vault T1st overall 5.40m, 17-8.50 advanced to NCAA Championships
Braydon Bringhurst Pole Vault T17th overall 5.30m, 17-4.50 did not advance
Steve Flint 5000m DNF    
Thomas Gruenewald  5000m 11th in heat 14:20.69 did not advance
Tylor Thatcher 5000m DNF    
Jared Ward 5000m 7th in heat 14:15.35 did not advance
Jason Witt 5000m 19th in heat 14:47.94 did not advance
Cougars Headed to the NCAA Championships
Athlete Event
Ryan Waite 800m
Curtis Carr 3000m Steeplechase
Victor Weirich Pole Vault
Jared Ward 10000m
Tylor Thatcher 10000m