T&F Learns Regional Qualifiers - 13 athletes and 2 relay teams qualify for Nationals

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First things first: Nate Mechler qualified 11th out of 24 athletes for the NCAA’s in the Decathalon - they don’t go to regionals

Men - Rank of West prelim qualification in parenthesis
100m - John Lewis III (8), Mario Burke (8), Hall (12), Burrell (13), Alexander (28), Prejean (48)
200m - Hall (1), Burke (7), Alexander (24)
400m - Montgomery (3)
800m - Laverty (36)
3000m SC - Barraza (6)
110m Hurdles - Lattin (6)
400m Hurdles - Lattin (9), Jordan (26)
4x100 - Houston (3)
4x400 - Houston (2)
HIgh Jump - George (45)
Pole Vault - Percefull (26)
Long Jump - Kerr (4), Jefferson (16), Dickerson (20)
Shot Put - Valencia (14)
Javelin - Thomas (8)

Women - Rank of West prelim qualification in parenthesis
100m - Bethel (11), Evelyn (42)
200m - Bethel (5)
100m Hurdles - Taylor (24)
400m Hurdles - Hawkins (8)
4x100 - Houston (10)
4x400 - Houston (15)
Long Jump - Samuels (14)
Triple Jump - Burks (18)
Shot Put - Monie (25), Adejokun (41)
Discus - Monie (34)
Hammer Throw - Scaife (20)

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Top 12 athletes and teams from each event move on to the National Championships in Oregon.


Go Coogs!

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The West region’s top 48 student-athletes in each individual event, as well as the top-24 teams in the 4x100- and 4x400-meter relays converge at Hornet Stadium on the campus of Sacramento State with a trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships on the line.

Action for Houston kicks off both in the field and on the track at 6:30 p.m. CT Thursday, with the first round of the men’s 400-meter hurdles and the women’s shot put. The first day of action wraps at 10:10 p.m. CT, with the first round of the men’s 800-meter run.

Friday’s running also kicks off at 6:30 p.m. CT, with the first round of the 110-meter hurdles, while qualifying athletes from Thursday will compete in the quarterfinals of the 400- and 100-meter dashes as well as the 800-meter run and 400-meter hurdles. Houston will compete in just one field event on Friday, the women’s discus at 6:30 p.m. CT.

The relays will hit the track for the first time on the final day of the meet on Saturday. The men’s and women’s 4x100-meter relays kick off action at 8 p.m. CT, while the 4x400-meter relays will conclude competition at 11:45 p.m. CT. Saturday will be packed full of field event action for Houston with the women’s hammer throw and men’s javelin opening the day at 2 p.m. CT, and the men’s shot put and women’s triple jump wrapping up field events at 6:30 p.m. CT.

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Action begins in the hurdles for Houston at the NCAA West Regional, where junior Amere Lattin will make his third-straight regional appearance. Lattin will compete in two events on the weekend, but will debut in the 400-meter hurdles alongside freshman Quivell Jordan. Lattin booked the ninth-fastest time in the region this season at 50.23, while Jordan enters 25th at 51.11.

Sophomore Birexus Hawkins will make her first trip to the regionals after winning The American Championship in the 400 hurdles. Hawkins booked a season-best 57.56 in Cincinnati to earn her regional berth.

Five Cougars will be on the track for the men’s 100-meter dash, opening with John Lewis III in the first heat. Lewis III and, American Champion in the 100- and 200-meter dash, Mario Burke enter the regional tied for the eighth-fastest time this season at 10.13.

Cameron Prejean (10.46) will also compete in Heat 2 alongside Burke, while Cameron Burrell enters Heat 3 with the No. 13 time at 10.26, and Elijah Hall will run in the fourth heat with the 12th-best time at 10.23. Nicholas Alexander rounds out the Cougar men in the 100 after qualifying with the 36th-best time this season at 10.39.

Tristan Evelyn and Brianne Bethel will hit the track for the women’s 100-meter dash in the third and fourth heats respectively. Bethel ran the region’s 11th-best time this season at 11.20, when she won The American Championship in the event, while Evelyn debuted at the championships to finish fifth in 11.57 and take the 42nd-best time this year.

NCAA Indoor All-American in the 400-meter dash, Kahmari Montgomery will hit the track next for the Cougars. Montgomery, the American Champion in the event, booked the nation’s fourth-fastest time in the one-lap race this season, when he broke the school record in 44.91 at the Mt. SAC Relays.

Junior Cameron Laverty will be Houston’s final representative on the track for the first day, when he competes in the 800-meter run. Laverty finished the two-lap race in 1:49.88 at the LSU Invitational to post the 45th-best qualifying time in the West.

Qualifying athletes from the first rounds of the 400-meter hurdles, 100- and 400-meter dash and the 800-meter run will return to action on Friday with a trip to the NCAA Championships on the line.

Nora Monie and Priscilla Adejokun will open throwing events for the Cougars in the shot put ring on Thursday. For Monie in the first of her two events, she posted the 25th-best mark in the region this season at 52-11.5 (16.14m), while Adejokun hits postseason action for the first time with the 42nd-best throw at 50-4.0 (15.34m).

A trio of Cougars will hit the long jump runway on Thursday, led by junior Jared Kerr, who claimed the American Outdoor Championship in the event in Cincinnati. Kerr posted the third-best mark in school history and the fourth-best in the West at 26-8.5 (8.14m). Kerr will be joined by Trumaine Jefferson who jumped a season-best 25-6.75 (7.79m) to sit 16th, and Antwan Dickerson who ranks 21st at 25-5.25 (7.75m).

Freshman Ben Percefull will make his postseason debut on Thursday, when he enters with the 30th-best mark in the pole vault. Percefull went up-and-over the bar at 17-0.75 (5.20m) to set his season-best.

Two-time American Outdoor Champion Samiyah Samuels will be the final Cougar in action on Thursday, when she hits the long jump runway. Samuels won gold at the conference championship meet, when she posted a personal-best of 20-9.25 (6.33m) which ranks 14th in the region.

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Live Stream ($12.50 a month): https://www.flotrack.org/live/6036-2018-di-ncaa-west-preliminary-round/pay

Live Results: https://www.ncaa.com/sites/default/files/external/track-field/results/d1/outdoor18/West/index.htm

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Tonight’s events…


Amere and Quivell both qualified for the quarterfinals. Amere sets a new school record breaking 50 seconds.


Bad news in the long jump, Kerr did not make the cut. Kerr and Dickerson were the top 2 not to advance. Kerr was .01 short…


5 advance in the 100m - Burrell, Burke, Hall, Alexander, Lewis. Prejean will not advance. Burrell with the fastest overall time (10.02). I’m starting to worry about Hall a little, he will need to be faster next race to make it to Eugene.



On the women’s side, Birexus Hawkins advanced with the 10th best time in the 400m hurdles. Bethel and Evelyn advance in the 100m


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Sorry for the delay…Sleep schedule has been all over the place and I ended up sleeping through the evening:

Samuels was the final Cougar in competition on Thursday, but she saved the best for last in the women’s long jump. Samuels used her first attempt to jump 19-8.0 (5.99m) to grab the 12th and final qualifying position in the event.

Samuels becomes Houston’s first individual women’s qualifier for Houston since Sade-Mariah Greendige (100-meter hurdles) and Brittany Kinney (triple jump) in 2015.

The NCAA West Regional began in impressive fashion for Houston, when Amere Lattin broke the school record in the first event on the track, the 400-meter hurdles. Lattin qualified for Friday’s quarterfinal when he finished the full-lap race in 49.71 to win his heat and break Kevin Mason’s program mark from 1987 of 49.72.

Freshman Quivell Jordan also booked a spot in the 400 hurdles quarterfinal with a third-place finish in his heat. Jordan circled the track in a personal-best 50.44 to post the sixth-fastest time of the qualifying rounds.

Lattin and Jordan will return for the quarterfinal at 9 p.m. CT, Friday.

Sophomore Birexus Hawkins also booked a spot in Friday’s quarterfinal with the 10th-fastest overall time in the women’s 400-meter hurdles. Running in the final heat, Hawkins crossed the line in 58.51 to finish second and pick up the automatic-qualifying position. Hawkins will return to action at 9:15 p.m. CT.

The Cougars saw five sprinters reach the finals in the men’s 100-meter dash, including Cameron Burrell, who ran the fastest wind-legal time ever recorded at the west prelims. Burrell sprinted across the line in 10.02 to punch his ticket to the quarterfinals.

Mario Burke posted the eighth-fastest time of the afternoon with a second-place finish in the second heat, when he ran 10.25, while Elijah Hall crossed in 10.39 to book the 20th qualifying position. Nicholas Alexander and John Lewis III rounded out Houston’s qualifiers in the 100-meter dash with Alexander running 10.39 to place 21st and Lewis III taking 22nd in 10.43.

The five Cougar men will return to action for the quarterfinal at 8 p.m. CT, Friday.

Each of Houston’s women in the 100-meter dash booked spots in the quarterfinal, including Brianne Bethel who posted the ninth-fastest time overall. Bethel crossed the line in 11.35 to finish second in her heat and grab an auto-qualifying spot, while freshman Tristan Evelyn ran 11.54 to grab the 19th-best mark and qualify on time.

Bethel and Evelyn return for the quarterfinal at 8:15 p.m. CT, Friday.

Junior Kahmari Montgomery was Houston’s final quarterfinal qualifier of the afternoon, posting the second-fastest time in the 400-meter dash. Montgomery breezed one lap around the track in 45.61 to win the third heat and automatically qualify. Montgomery will return to action at 7:30 p.m. CT, on Friday.

Junior Nora Monie just missed booking a trip to nationals with her 13th-place finish in the women’s shot put. Monie fell just short of her personal-best when she marked 52-8.75 (16.07m) on her final attempt. Freshman Priscilla Adejokun made her regional debut with a 45th-place finish in the event at 46-2.0 (14.07m).

The Cougar men picked up two more top-15 finishes in the men’s long jump, when Jared Kerr took 13th and Antwan Dickerson placed 14th. Kerr leapt 25-0.5 (7.63m), while Antwan Dickerson finished right behind at 24-11.75 (7.61m). Trumaine Jefferson placed 26th with a best of 23-11.75 (7.31m).

In the pole vault, freshman Ben Percefull made his regional debut with an 18th-place finish in the men’s pole vault. Percefull went up-and-over the bar at 16-4.75 (5.00m).

Cameron Laverty was the final Cougar in action on the track on the first day of the regional, competing in the 800-meter run. Laverty finished the two-lap race in 1:52.13 to finish 35th.

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Remember that Hall has to pace himself this weekend. He has to run the 100m, 200m, 4x100, and possibly the 4x400.


Seriously, .01? Do they use electronics to spot and measure the jumps now?