Track & Field Sends Nine Bulldogs To NCAA West Preliminary

first_img Nine members of the Drake University track and field team are set to compete at this week’s NCAA West Preliminary in hopes of qualifying for the NCAA Championships. The NCAA West Preliminary, hosted by the University of Kansas, begins Thursday, May 26, evening and continues through Saturday at Rock Chalk Park.The Bulldogs will have competitors in 10 events over the three days with the top 12 athletes in each event advancing to he NCAA Championship.Please note – due to inclement weather, Thursday’s action was postponed. Below is the updated schedule for the Bulldogs. The entire revised schedule is linked above. Also, all previous first round races will be contestest as quarterfinals with the six heat winners and next six fastest times advancing to the NCAA Championships.Drake Student-Athletes at NCAA West Preliminary Round ScheduleFriday, May 278 a.m. – Women’s 10,000 meters – Emma Huston8:40 a.m. – Men’s 10,000 meters – Reed Fischer9:45 a.m. – Men’s 100 meters – Pierce Vincent11:50 a.m. – Women’s 400-meter hurdles – Virginia Hill12:20 p.m. – Men’s 400-meter hurdles – Bas Van Leersum, Hudson Priebe1:25 p.m. – Men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase – Robert McCann2:30 p.m. – Women’s long jump – Kayla BellSaturday, May 2811:30 a.m. – Women’s 100-meter hurdles – Mary Young1:20 p.m. – Women’s 5,000 meters – Emma Huston2 p.m. – Men’s 5,000 meters – Reed Fischer Story Links Live Video Live Results NCAA West Preliminary Central Revised Schedule Action for the Bulldogs begins on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. with Virginia Hill (Haymarket, Va.) competing in the 400-meter hurdles. Hill is coming off of a personal best of 59.00 in the event at the MVC Championships, which is the 32nd fastest time in the region this season. The top three finishers in each of the six heats, plus the next six fastest time will advance to the next round of quarterfinals on Friday at 7:30 p.m.Right after Hill’s race, the men’s team’s Bas Van Leersum (Zandaam, The Netherlands) and Hudson Priebe (Chamberlain, S.D.) compete in the men’s 400-meter hurdles at 5 p.m. Van Leersum is the reigning MVC Champion in the event with a season-best time of 51.66 while Priebe, a sophomore, is a two-time All-MVC competitor that was third at the 2016 MVC Championships in 52.21. Both will need to be among the top three in each of the six heats or among the next six fastest to advance to Friday’s quarterfinal race. Drake’s lone West Preliminary qualifier in the field events, Kayla Bell (Bolingbrook, Ill.) also competes on Thursday in the long jump at 6:45 p.m. Bell, who recently claimed All-MVC honors in both the long jump and triple jump has a personal best of six meters (19-8.25) in the long jump this season. Read more about Bell’s season and career here.The busy Thursday on the track continues at 6:55 p.m. with Pierce Vincent (Fayetteville, Ga.), the MVC runner-up in the 100 meters, stepping into the blocks in one of six heats of the 100 meters. Vincent, who owns a season-best of 10.26 to rank in the top 14 in the field was the MVC runner-up in the event.Competition concludes on the first day with a pair of Bulldogs in the 10,000 meters in senior Emma Huston (Des Moines, Iowa) and junior Reed Fischer (Minnetonka, Minn.). Huston races at 9 p.m. and currently ranks 14th in the field with a school record time of 33:55.89. She’ll be aiming to finish among the top 12 in the event to advance to the NCAA Championships. Fischer faces the same task as his season-best of 29:09.86 ranks 17th in the field, putting him in position to advance with a strong performance.Friday’s action begins at 5 p.m. with Mary Young (Urbandale, Iowa) competing in the 100-meter hurdles, an event which she owns a season-best time of 13.58. The quarterfinals of the 100 meters, 400-meter hurdles follow shortly after. At 9:30 p.m., Robert McCann (Mississauga, Ontario) aims to continue his strong season in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. McCann recently won an MVC Championship and Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee title in the event. He currently ranks 13th in the region in the event with a personal best of 8:43.00 that he ran in winning the MVC crown. Earlier in the year, he ran what was at the time, the fastest performance in the nation.Saturday will conclude with the quarterfinals of the women’s 100-meter hurdles and Fischer and Huston returning to the oval for the 5,000 meters. Huston, who also owns the school record in the event, has run 16:06.55 in the event this season to rank 16th in the field. She’ll try to move into the top 12 in the event to advance to the NCAA Championship, as will Fischer, who nearly set the school record at the Drake Relays presented by Hy-Vee with a third-place finish of 14:00.28. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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