BYU qualifies 42 athletes for West Preliminary

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PROVO, Utah – BYU qualified 42 athletes for next week’s NCAA Division I 2014 Outdoor Track & Field Championships - West Preliminary as announced by the NCAA on Thursday.

Several of the athletes qualified in more than one event, bringing BYU’s total to 49 qualifying marks.

Curtis Carr is the highest seeded Cougar landing at No. 2 in the steeplechase. On the women’s side, Andrea Harrison is eighth in the steeplechase.

Jared Ward is in the top 10 in both the 5,000-meter (seventh) and 10,000-meter (fourth) races. Jason Witt (third) and Jonathan Nelson (ninth) join Ward in the top 10 of the 10,000 meter.

Lexi Eaton and Dakoda John are the highest rated Cougars in the field events both landing at No. 12 in the high jump.

Chase Dalton and Joshua Weirich automatically advance to the decathlon finals at the NCAA Championships from June 11-14 in Eugene, Oregon.

The women's team was No. 21 in total qualifying marks with 17.

A full list of qualifications can be found at NCAA.com. A list of total qualifying marks by team can be found at USTFCCCA.org.

The West Preliminary will be held in Fayetteville, Arkansas, on May 29-31. Athletes will be competing for a chance to participate in the NCAA Championships in Eugene.

Women

Event Qualifier (Ranking)
800 meter Shea Martinez (No. 12)
1500 meter Rachel Stewart (No. 41)
Steeplechase Andrea Harrison (No. 8)
  Jennica Redd (No. 29)
10,000 meter Nicole Nielsen (No. 18)
  Makenna Smith (No. 41)
  Carrie Jube (No. 43)
400 meter hurdles Brenna Porter (No. 20)
  Kaylee Packham (No. 37)
  Angela Shields (No. 38)
  Alyssa Hansen (No. 42)
High Jump Lexi Eaton (No. 12)
  Erin Murphy (No. 41)
Pole Vault Rachel Fisher (No. 29)
Triple Jump Elizabeth Wilson (No. 39)
Hammer Throw Martha Shepard (No. 38)
  Deezbaa Whaley (No. 47)

Men

Event Qualifier (Ranking)
400m  Tyrell Yardley (No. 35)
  Mario Harper (No. 43)
800m  Tanner Sork (No. 13)
1500m  Chase Horrocks (No. 41)
  Evan Argyle (No. 47)
3,000m Steeplechase  Curtis Carr (No. 2)
  Aaron Fletcher (No. 20)
  James Tracy (No. 23)
  Travis Fuller (No. 24)
5,000m  Jared Ward (No. 7)
  Curtis Carr (No. 25)
10,000m  Jason Witt (No. 3)
  Jared Ward (No. 4)
  Jonathan Nelson (No. 9)
  Tylor Thatcher (No. 17)
  Conner Peloquin (No. 44)
  Tommy Gruenewald (No. 48)
400m Hurdles  Korey Smith (No. 17)
  Mark Carlson (No. 31)
4x400m Relay  Tyrell Yardley, Sean Adams, Mario Harper and Korey Smith (No. 18)
High Jump  Dakoda John (No. 12)
  Zachary Blackham (No. 13)
  Sam Rockwood (No. 39)
Pole Vault  Adam Mikkelsen (No. 48)
Triple Jump Alex Ashworth (No. 48)
Shot Put  Zachary Stetler (No. 22)
Discus  Zachary Stetler (No. 42)
Javelin  Chase Dalton (No. 23)
  Keith Keller (No. 24)
  Kyle Baker (No. 27)
Decathlon  Chase Dalton (No. 8)
  Joshua Weirich (No. 19)