Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Track & Field Qualifies 44 to NCAA Prelims

Track & Field Qualifies 44 to NCAA Prelims

The Air Force track and field team earned a program-record 31 bids into the West Preliminary of the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, the national selection committee announced today (May 18).

Competing for the Duke women will be a group of 14 student-athletes in individual events, including seniors Madeline Kopp (800m), Amarie Bremel (discus) and Christine Streisel (javelin), junior Madison Heath (pole vault), sophomores MacKenzie Kerr (400m), Kim Hallowes (800m), Liz Lansing (1,500m), Nati Sheppard (pole vault), Sydnei Murphy (long jump) and Stefani Vukajlovic (hammer throw) and freshmen Brittany Aveni (800m), Laura Marty (pole vault), Chesney Ward (pole vault) and Katelyn Gochenour (javelin).

This marks the end of Southeast's 2017 outdoor track and field team season.

The Falcons will be represented in both the men's and women's high jump (junior John Reynolds, junior Shelley Spires), pole vault (senior Kyle Pater, sophomore Kathryn Tomczak), 5000-meter run (sophomore Jacob Bilvado, Long), 1500-meter run (senior Matt Dorsey, Gillespie, Vessa) and 400-meter dash (Koss, Walden, freshman Megan Irvine). Sailar advances to the NCAA Preliminary Round for the fourth-straight season, while Daniels is making her third-straight appearance.

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Senior Alexis Wiersma, freshman Amber Way and sophomores Kelsie Schwartz and Jessica Goethals continue the strong distance tradition at MSU with the quartet competing in the 10,000m. The Friars had eight athletes qualify for the Championship.

In other top finishes for the men, Wesley White took gold in the 110 meter hurdles.

Michigan State will have three representatives in the men's field events. Junior Tim Ehrhardt has already qualified for Nationals in the decathlon. Sophomore Max Knoblock will throw the javelin in Lexington. The regional meet runs from May 25-27 at the UK Outdoor Track and Field Complex on the Kentucky campus. The top 12 finishers in each event will qualify for the NCAA Championship Finals, which will be held in Eugene, Ore. on June 6-10.

Sereno won both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter titles at this past weekend's Big Ten Outdoor Championships, while Phelan and Kieffer-Wright came away with conference crowns at 1,500 meters and in the high jump, respectively.

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