NCAA West Preliminary Rounds a Thumbs Up!

There was a Thumbs Up attitude among the 17 athletes competing at College Station, Texas. Even in the midst of disappointment the athletes who did not advance showed tremendous resilience and strength of character as the white lines on the highway passed by on their way back to Wichita. Each one had given their best effort. Some, as a Shocker for the final event of their collegiate career. Others are looking to next year and even greater opportunities.

Coach John Wise, Assistant Director of Track & Field / Sprints & Hurdles offers this RECAP of NCAA West Preliminary Rounds –

17 Shockers competed in the NCAA West Preliminary and battled all kinds of foes, including Mother Nature, and came away with two athletes advancing to the NCAA Finals in Eugene, Oregon.  Michael Bryan started off the meet Wednesday by securing our first spot with a 9th place finish in the Hammer and then Antonio Norman snagged the 2nd spot on Saturday in the 110m Hurdles with a 7th place finish, after having to wait 24 hours to run because of weather issues on Friday evening.  These two will be terrific representatives of WSU on the national stage.  We had several others compete very well and just missed out on advancing.  Overall, the Shockers outperformed their projections coming into the meet by a combined +86 spots!”

Antonio Norman: 7th in the 110m Hurdles 13.63 – PR =#3 in WSU history.
Michael Bryan: 9th in the Hammer 66.30m/217-6
Rebekah Topham: 14th in the 3000m Steeplechase 9:59.78
Ethan Kossover: 17th in the 3000m Steeplechase 8:53.00 – PR #7 in WSU history
Nicole McMillen: 20th in the 3000m Steeplechase 10:16.20 – PR #3 in WSU history
Zack Penrod: 22nd in the 1500m 3:47.42 (3:45.46 prelim)
Cory Martens: 22nd in the Hammer 61.81m/202-9
Davis Dubbert: 23rd in the Javelin 62.11m/203-9
Taran Taylor: 24th in the Javelin 61.86m/202-11
Jed Helker: 28th in the 1500m 3:46.57
Destiny Masters: 30th in the High Jump 1.72m/5-7.75
Cauy Lindsay: 35th in the Javelin 58.74m/192-8
Yazmine Wright: 39th in the 1500m 4:32.08
Jacque Darby: 39th in the Long Jump 5.91m/19-4.75
Davis Dubbert: 40th in the High Jump 2.01m/6-7
Dowdy Elazarig: 40th in the Triple Jump 14.86m/48-9
Kourtni Hubert: 40th in the Javelin 43.02m/141-2
Brady Palen: 44th in the High Jump 2.01m/6-7

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