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!”