AUSTIN -- Leif Arrhenius qualified for nationals in the discus on Saturday as BYU men’s track and field concluded competition at the NCAA West Preliminary. Arrhenius is one of eight Cougars to earn NCAA Championship qualifying marks during the three-day preliminary.
“Everyone competed well and several of our guys did better than they were ranked,” BYU men’s coach Mark Robison said. “To have eight athletes qualify for nationals is a great accomplishment. Even more exciting is that all eight have a chance to be an All-American.”
Arrhenius tossed the discus 57.39 meters (188-03) on Saturday to take sixth place. He is one of six BYU throwers to qualify for nationals and is the only to qualify in two events. Arrhenius also qualified in the shot put, finishing sixth in the west.
Other Cougars competing Saturday included Daniel Lawson (19th) in the discus, Alden Bahr (29th) and Brandon Hebbert (35th) in the 5000 meters, Kyle Mills (40th) in the triple jump and the 4x400 meter relay team (20th) that consisted of Bryan Payne, Derek McCallister, Ryan Waite and Rhyan Atrice.
The NCAA National Championships will be held June 9-12 in Eugene, Ore.
See the list below for the athlete’s marks from Saturday and a list of the BYU’s 2010 NCAA Championship qualifiers. CLICK HERE for complete results.
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Rank Name Event Mark
6 Leif Arrhenius* Discus 57.39mq 188-03
19 Daniel Lawson Discus 52.33m 171-08
29 Alden Bahr 5000m 14:39.19
35 Brandon Hebbert 5000m 14:51.30
20 Brigham Young 4x400 Relay 3:10.17
40 Kyle Mills Triple Jump 14.71m 48-03.25
*Qualified for NCAA National Championships in Eugene, Ore.
BYU Men's Track and Field 2010 NCAA Championship Qualifiers
Rank Name Event Mark
10 Sean Richardson Javelin 67.09mq 220-01
11 Blaine Baker Javelin 66.72mq 218-11
12 Chris Reno Javelin 65.51mq 214-11
6 Leif Arrhenius Shot put 18.11mq 59-05.00
6 Leif Arrhenius Discus 57.39mq 188-03
7 Chris Little Pole Vault 5.30mq 17-04.50
6 Oliver Whaley Hammer Throw 64.09mq 210-03
4 Ryan Waite 800m 1:46.83Q
1 Richard Nelson Steeplechase 8:45.76Q
PROVO -- BYU will travel to the campus of University of Texas in Austin for the NCAA Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary that runs Thursday through Saturday. The men enter the preliminary at No. 11 in the nation while the women are No. 16.
The three-day event features the top 48 athletes and 24 relay teams in each event in the west region. The top 12 finishers in each event advance to the final NCAA meet in Eugene, Ore., June 9-12. The East Preliminary is held this weekend in Greensboro, N.C.
BYU is among the top programs in the country in terms of entries in the preliminaries. The men tied for fourth-most in the nation with 27 entries in 26 individual events and one relay. The women are tied for second-most with 28 entries in 27 individual events and one relay.
On the men’s side, nine athletes have 10 top 10 qualifying marks. Ryan Waite has the highest ranking on the team at No. 3 in the West in the 800m. Three other runners are in the top 10 in their respective events, including Brian Weirich (No. 7), Richard Nelson (No. 7) and Jonathan Kotter (No. 9).
Several field athletes have top 10 marks, including thrower Leif Arrhenius at No. 5 in both the shot put and the discus. Chris Reno and Sean Richardson are both top 10 in the javelin with Reno at No. 6 and Richardson at No. 9. Chris Little is No. 5 in the west in pole vault.
Six women are top 10 in the west, including Mindy McClurkin in the 200m (No. 8) and the long jump (No. 2). Lacey Cramer is the top qualifier in the west in the 800m and Angela Wagner is right behind at No. 2. Nachelle Stewart’s No. 5 ranking gives BYU three athletes in the top five in the 800m. Ada Robinson is the Cougars’ sixth top 10 qualifier with a No. 6 ranking in the high jump.
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Click on the links below for the complete list of qualifiers for the West Preliminary