A-State Track & Field To Compete in 15 Events at NCAA West Region Preliminary
JONESBORO, Ark. (5/18/17) – Entrants for the 2017 NCAA West Region Preliminary Championships were finalized Thursday and the Arkansas State University track and field program will send six men and six women to the meet at the University of Texas, May 25-27.
The combined 12 entrants will compete in 15 total events, the third-most in program history. This marks the third-straight season that the Red Wolves will have entrants in 15 or more events.
Brianna Hardiman (400m), Shemiah Brooks (100m hurdles/long jump), Darragh May (high jump), Viktoriia Sadokhina (triple jump), Erin Farmer (shot put) and Calea Carr (discus throw/shot put) have qualified for the women's meet while Jaylen Bacon (100m/200m), Nick Hilson (400m hurdles), Tiaan Steenkamp (high jump), Michael Carr (pole vault), Cristian Ravar Ladislau (hammer throw) and Chris Collins (javelin throw) will compete on the men's side.
Farmer, gold medalist at the Sun Belt Conference Championships last week, ranks fourth nationally and second in the NCAA West Region. She owns the school record with a season best throw of 18.11m (59-05.00). Calea Carr joins her in the shot put competition with a season best mark of 15.25m (50-00.50) that ranks 38th in the region.
Carr, gold medalist at the Sun Belt Conference Championships in discus throw, enters that event ranked 21st in the region with a mark of 53.54m (175-08.00). Cristian Ravar Ladislau, also a gold medalist last week, will compete for a trip to Eugene in the hammer throw. He ranks fifth among those entrants with his school record mark of 67.33m (220-11.00) established last week.
Bacon is set to race in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. The high point scorer in the Sun Belt Conference Championships, Bacon is coming off gold medals in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. He broke the 41-year 100-meter dash record with a time of 10.00 and ranks third among the entrants at the regional. He set a SBC record in the 200-meter dash of 20.35 seconds and ranks eighth regionally.
Shemiah Brooks also took gold in two events at the outdoor championships and heads to Austin to compete in the 100m hurdles and long jump. She ranks 32nd among the entrants in the 100m hurdles with a time of 13.43 and 17th in the long jump with a leap of 6.29m (20-07.75).
Nick Hilson makes his regional debut in the 400m hurdles after a strong performance at the outdoor championships last week. He took silver in the event and ranks 29th with a time of 51.52 seconds. Briana Hardiman will also make her regional debut in the 400m dash, ranked 47th with a time of 54.14 seconds.
In addition to Brooks in the long jump, the A-State women will have Darragh May and Viktoriia Sadokhina compete in field events. May ranks 17th among those entered in high jump with a clearance of 1.80m (5-10.75) while Sadokhina is 17th in the triple jump list with a jump of 13.05m (42-09.75).
The A-State men have three others competing in field events in addition to Ravar Ladislau. Tiaan Steenkamp enters ranked 22nd in high jump with a best of 2.15m (7-00.50) while Michael Carr ranks 23rd in pole vault at 5.26m (17-03.00). Chris Collins makes his regional debut in the javelin throw entering the meet ranked 44th at 61.96m (203-03.00).
Athletes who rank among the top 48 in their respective event earn berths into the NCAA West Preliminary Round. The best 24 relay times also advanced to NCAA prelims. Athletes with the top 12 times/marks and the best 12 relay teams at both the East and West prelims will qualify for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, June 7-10. There is no decathlon or heptathlon competition at the NCAA preliminary rounds. The top 24 decathlon and heptathlon marks in the nation earn an automatic berth to the NCAAs.
The 2017 NCAA West Region Preliminary begins Thursday, May 27, at 11:00 a.m. with the men's javelin throw competition, women's hammer throw and women's pole vault. The women's 400m hurdles at 4:30 p.m. is the first event on the track.
Arkansas State 2017 NCAA West Region Preliminary Qualifiers