Track & Field Heads To NCAA West Preliminary Round

May 22, 2018

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DENTON – The North Texas track and field teams will be sending eight student-athletes to compete at the 2018 NCAA Division I West Prelims starting Thursday, May 24 at Sacramento State.

On Thursday, sophomore Kristyn Archuleta will compete in javelin at noon and sophomore Breanna Eckels will take part in long jump at 7:30 p.m. Archuleta is ranked 15th with a school-record mark of 51.51 meters and Eckels is 17th with a jump of 6.28 meters.

On Friday, sophomore Bailey Ashmore enters with a pole vault mark of 4.05 meters and will compete at 4:30 p.m. Junior James Cole will run in the 200-meters at 7:30 p.m. and hopes to qualify for the quarterfinal on Saturday at 7:35 p.m.

On the final day, junior Javier Lopez-Ibarra comes in ranked 26th in javelin with a school-record throw of 66.55 meters and will participate at noon. The men’s 4x100-meter relay team of senior Alford Tribble, freshman Abdon Campbell, senior Dominique Drayden and Cole will race at 6 p.m.

Archuleta, Eckels, Lopez-Ibarra and Cole will be competing at the NCAA West Prelims for the second-straight season. Eckels finished 16th in long jump last season and fell four spots short of a top-12 finish to qualify for NCAA finals.

The last North Texas student-athlete to qualify for NCAA finals was former standout Chastity Stewart who competed in the 100 and 400-meter hurdles back in 2016.

The 12 qualifiers out of each region will move on to compete in the NCAA Outdoor Championships held June 6-9 in Eugene, Oregon.

Mean Green NCAA West Prelims Schedule
Thursday, May 24
Noon – women’s javelin (Archuleta)
7:30 p.m. – women’s long jump (Eckels)

Friday, May 25
4:30 p.m. – women’s pole vault (Ashmore)
7:30 p.m. – men’s 200-meter dash (Cole)

Saturday, May 26
Noon – men’s javelin (Lopez-Ibarra)
6 p.m. – 4x100-meter relay (Cole, Campbell, Tribble, Drayden)
7:35 p.m. – *men’s 200-meter dash quarterfinal (Cole)
*Cole has to qualify on Friday to run on Saturday



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