Eastern athletes extend their seasons, as they travel to Eugene, Ore., May 26-28 for the preliminary rounds of the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships
Two weeks after performing at the 2011 Big Sky Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships, 10 athletes from the Eastern Washington University track and field team will compete in the NCAA Division I West Region Meet, which will take place Thursday through Saturday (May 26-28) in Eugene, Ore.
Junior Brad Wall, who won his third-consecutive 400-meter title at the conference championships, will enter the regional meet as the 30th-ranked competitor in the 400 meters (46.93). The 400 will get underway at 6:10 p.m., on Thursday.
Wall will join freshman Alex Flores, freshman Michael Okoro and senior Kurt Williams on Saturday at 1:15 p.m., for the men’s 4x100-meter relay. The team broke the school record with an all-conference performance, and enters the regional meet ranked 20th. That squad had a time of 40.46, breaking the 28-year-old school record of 40.9 set in 1983.
Senior Krystal Deyo is scheduled to compete in the 100 meters, which is set to take place Thursday at 6:10 p.m. Deyo is ranked No. 46 with a personal-best time of 11.72, which the senior clocked at the conference championships to earn her a third-place finish.
Senior Erica Chaney, who picked up two titles at the conference championships, will compete in the shot put, entering the meet as the 26th-ranked competitor (50-0 3/4).
Freshmen Emma Murillo and Olivia Midles will complete the trio of women’s throwers. Murillo is ranked 36th (144-6) and will compete in the women’s javelin throw Thursday at 10 a.m. Midles, who ranks 40th (182-3), will compete in the hammer throw at 10 a.m., on Friday.
Senior Aaron Mettler and freshman Jordan Arakawa will represent Eastern’s men’s throwers. Mettler, who is EWU’s highest-ranked competitor in the meet at 16th (225-2), will compete in the javelin throw on Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Arakawa, who is ranked 33rd (196-2), will compete in the hammer throw on Friday at 3:30 p.m.
The top 48 declared student-athletes are accepted into the regional competition, while the top 24 declared relay teams are accepted. The top three finishers from each heat plus the next six fastest times will advance to the quarterfinals in running events – a total of 24 athletes. In relays, the top three finishing teams and the three next-best times will advance to the final championship competition. Athletes competing in the discus, hammer and javelin throws must place in the top 16 of the preliminary rounds to advance.
The three-day meet is scheduled to begin Thursday at 10 a.m., with the first round of the women’s javelin. The first round of running events will get underway at 3:30 p.m., with the women’s 400-meter hurdles.
Friday’s meet will start at 10 a.m., with the preliminary sections of the women’s hammer, and running events will start at 3 p.m., with the women’s 100-meter hurdles.
Action Saturday will highlight the preliminary rounds of the remaining field events, starting at 10 a.m. The competition will also showcase the quarterfinals of running events, beginning at 1 p.m., and the semifinals of the men’s and women’s 5,000 meters.
The finals for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, June 8-11.