Mean Green Track & Field Treks To NCAA West Prelims
Six Track & Field Athletes To Compete For Shot At NCAA Finals
NCAA West Preliminary Central Page
DENTON – Six North Texas track & field athletes will compete at the 2017 NCAA West preliminaries hosted by the University of Texas at Myers Stadium in Austin on May 25-27.
Qualifying individuals advance to the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon, on June 7-10. Twelve competitors from each individual event will advance to the NCAA finals in Eugene.
Sophomore Javier Lopez-Ibarra qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary round after throwing a personal-best mark of 63.15 meters at the Bobcat Classic on April 29. Lopez-Ibarra will open the NCAA West prelims Thursday at 11 a.m. in the first flight.
Freshman standout Kristyn Archuleta, named Conference USA Freshman of the Year, qualified for the NCAA West prelims after breaking the school record with a first-place throw of 49.39 meters at the C-USA Outdoor Championships. Archuleta finished the outdoor season with four first-place finishes and two top-10 throws. Archuleta will compete Thursday at 3 p.m. in the second flight.
Freshman Breanna Eckels qualified for the NCAA West prelims with a career-best jump of 6.15 meters at the C-USA Outdoor Championships, earning second place. Eckels finished the outdoor season with two second-place finishes and a top-10 finish. Eckels will compete Thursday at 7:15 p.m. in the second flight.
Sophomore James Cole punched his ticket back on April 29 when he ran a career-best time of 20.97 in the 200-meter dash at the Bobcat Classic. Cole will compete Friday at 7:55 p.m. in the fifth heat.
Senior Collin Heard is no stranger to qualifying for NCAA West prelims having done so in all four of his seasons in Denton. Last year, Heard ran a career-best time of 20.81 in the 200m dash, falling just short of qualifying for the NCAA finals (20.66 made the top-12). Heard also qualified on April 29 at the Bobcat Classic with a season-best time of 20.86. He will compete Friday at 7:55 p.m. in the sixth and final heat.
Senior James Coleman qualified for the 3000-meter steeplechase after coming in third at the C-USA Outdoor Championships with a career-best time of 8:54.04. Coleman’s time was a new school record and he will compete Friday at 9 p.m. in the third heat.
Live results and video streaming will be available at TexasSports.com starting on Thursday, May 25, at 11 a.m.
2017 North Texas NCAA West Qualifiers
James Cole – 200-meter dash
Collin Heard – 200-meter dash
Javier Lopez-Ibarra – Javelin
James Coleman – 3000-meter steeplechase
Breanna Eckels – Long jump
Kristyn Archuleta – Javelin