Track & field at 2019 Outdoor NCAA West Prelims (Sacramento, CA; May 23-25)

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  1. AztecBuff

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    The competition keeps getting stronger as 25 Buffs head off to (possibly toasty) Sacramento CA to compete May 23rd- 25th as they try to qualify for the NCAA Championships finals to be held in Austin June 5th - 8th.

    Also, BIG congrats to heptathletes Michaela Wenning and Maja Wichhart-Donzo, who both ended up with top 24 scores nationally in their events, so already have qualified for the finals!



    Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2019/5/16/...etes-entered-for-ncaa-west-preliminaries.aspx

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    By: Shaun Wicen, Assistant SID
    Release: May 16, 2019


    INDIANAPOLIS – The University of Colorado track and field program will be sending 25 athletes to the 2019 NCAA Track and Field Championships West Preliminaries next weekend in Sacramento, Calif.

    15 women will be entered in nine events, while the men will bring 10 athletes in seven sevens (events). In addition, both Michaela Wenning and Maja Wichhart-Donzo have qualified straight-through to the 2019 NCAA National Championships in the heptathlon. Wenning will also compete in the high jump at the West Preliminaries. This is the first time in school history that CU has qualified numerous multis to the national championships.

    The women's distance squad qualified individuals in every event 800-meters and up. Elissa Mann is the eighth-fastest qualifier in the 800 at 2:04.35, while Annie Hill and Karina Mann are the 29th and 33rd-fastest qualifiers in the 1,500, respectfully. Val Constien is the eight-best qualifier in the steeplechase. The women's 5,000 is the largest competed event for Colorado with Makena Morley (10th), Dani Jones (16th), Kaitlyn Benner (18th) and Tabor Scholl (32nd) all qualified. Benner, Morley and Scholl will all double up in the 10,000 as well.

    Another large group for CU is the 400 hurdles. Gabby Scott is the third-fastest qualifier at 56.82 seconds. Eriana Henderson and Valerie Welch qualified as well as the 21st and 26th-best competitors. Those three will join forces will Dani Johnson on the 4x400-meter relays as well that is 10th in qualifying.

    In the field events, Kylee Harr will join Wenning in the high jump. They are also joined by Elisa Grandemange in the hammer throw.

    For the men, the 5,000 is the largest competed event with three competitors. Ryan Forsyth, John Dressel and Ethan Gonzales all qualified, with Forsyth 13th and Dressel 16th. Both Dressel and Forsyth will double in the 10,000 as well.

    Gabe Fendel and Eduardo Herrera finishes out the distance squad in the 1,500. Fendel qualified 33rd overall with Herrera as the 43rd-best competitor.

    The Buffaloes will also have a pair of 400 runners with Jon Maas in the 400-meter dash and Aaron McCoy in the 400 hurdles. Maas is the 15th-best competitor while McCoy is the 30th-qualified competitor. Both will run on the 4x400-meter relay as well with Kendal Smith and either Duane McClurkin Jr. or Nathan Hoy.

    Freshman Jeremy Cody will be the lone field event athlete for the men. He is the 37th-best qualifier in the high jump.
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    Some links -

    Page with links to almost if not all of the resources below (For both West and East Prelims, as well as the Championships Finals) - http://www.rtspt.com/ncaa/d1outdoor19/

    Digital Program (For both preliminaries) - https://www.ncaa.com/DIOutdoorTFRegionals

    "Road to the Championships" webpage (Includes description of the qualifying process) - https://www.ncaa.com/championships/trackfield-outdoor/d1/road-to-the-championships
    (Per that, "Twelve competitors from each individual event and twelve teams from each relay event advance from each Preliminary Round site. " (to the finals in Austin).)

    Schedule of events (West Prelims only) - https://ncaaorg.s3.amazonaws.com/ch.../2018-19D1XTO_ScheduleOfEvents-Sacramento.pdf

    Entries (West Prelims only) -
    Women's
    - http://www.rtspt.com/ncaa/d1outdoor19/west_women_declared.htm
    Men's - http://www.rtspt.com/ncaa/d1outdoor19/west_men_declared.htm

    Heat sheets/ Start Lists -
    Women's
    - http://www.rtspt.com/ncaa/d1outdoor19/west_women_start.htm
    Men's - http://www.rtspt.com/ncaa/d1outdoor19/west_men_start.htm

    Live Results - https://dt8v5llb2dwhs.cloudfront.net/West/index.htm

    Live Video Coverage - Believe it will only be available for those with Flotrack premium subscriptions (link at https://www.flotrack.org/live/12512-2019-di-ncaa-west-preliminary-round/signup ).
     
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    Article from last week on Buff star hurdler Gabby Scott heading into this week's West Prelim's. (The 1st round race for her (and fellow-Buff qualifiers Eriana Henderson and Valerie Welch) individual event, the 400M Hurdles, is the 1st event on the track, scheduled to start Thursday at 5:30 PM MT (4:30 PM Sacramento time).)



    Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2019/5/15/track-and-field-cus-scott-takes-aim-at-ncaas.aspx

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    BOULDER — Colorado senior Gabby Scott can look back now at her first-ever hurdles race and smile.

    At the time, however, she couldn't manage much more than a grimace.

    Scott, who now holds the CU 400-hurdles record (56.82) as well as the school's open 400 marks (indoor and outdoor), made her hurdles debut as a college freshman at the Texas Relays.

    It was, she says with a laugh, a less-than-resounding success.

    "For starters, the Texas Relays are intimidating as is, never mind that it's my first race," Scott said this week. "Big crowd and I'm out in lane 9, way out there all by myself. I really didn't know what I was doing. I just kind of ran — stuttered and jumped over a hurdle for 10 hurdles. It was definitely something to remember."
    Scott finished that first 400-meter hurdles race in 1 minutes, 6 seconds. If you're doing the math, that's 10 seconds slower than her current personal best — and a virtual eternity in the event.

    But she persevered. In her very next race, she shaved four seconds off her debut time, and over the next few years steadily improved under the tutelage of hurdles coach Burke Bockman.

    Now, Scott has a legitimate chance of becoming the first-ever CU woman to advance to the NCAA Championships finals in the event. Currently holding the fifth-best time in the nation, she will run next week in the NCAA West Preliminary meet in Sacramento, Calif., with an eye on advancing to the June 5-8 NCAA Championships.

    If she can advance to the championships, she will finish her CU career in Austin, Texas — on the same track where she made her college hurdles debut.
    "Now I use that first race as an example to show younger athletes not to be afraid of trying something new," Scott said. "I can show them how I improved and and use it to encourage other people to keep at it and keep working."

    Scott has firmly imprinted her name in the CU record books. She owns the school records in the indoor 400 (52.34) and outdoor 400 (also 52.34), as well as the outdoor 400 hurdles (56.82). She broke the records previously held by Leona Russell, who established the marks in 1996, and she is also part of CU's record-setting 4x400 relay team. Her seventh-place finish earlier this year at the NCAA Indoor Championships in the open 400 made her CU's first-ever All-American at the distance (indoor or out).

    "It was a great feeling," Scott said of breaking records that were set before she was born. "First the indoor 400 record, then the 400 hurdle record by the same woman. That was kind of cool. Having your name in the record books really makes it fun."

    Scott was a successful quarter miler at Westview High School in San Diego when she was recruited to Colorado, and she chose CU for several reasons — not the least of which is that it offered her a chance to pursue an excellent business degree.

    "I was pretty average in high school but I felt I was finally coming into my own — what they call a late bloomer physically," she said. "It offered me a chance to grow, a place where I wouldn't be a really small fish in a big pond. When I came here, I absolutely loved my visit. The mountains were beautiful, the campus was great and it's only a 21/2-hour flight from home. And at the end of the day, it was the Leeds Business School that made the biggest difference. I knew I wanted to be an entrepreneur and explore different business opportunities, and I knew Leeds offered that opportunity."

    When Scott arrived on campus, Bockman had just taken the job as CU's sprints and hurdles coach.
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    Also, see there's now a link to live results (https://dt8v5llb2dwhs.cloudfront.net/West/index.htm), and I've added it to the OP.
     
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    With action starting today (Thursday; 2:30 MT 1st Buff- competed field event; 5:30 PM MT 1st Buff event on the track), the official cubuffs.com article is available -


    Direct link - https://cubuffs.com/news/2019/5/22/track-and-field-colorado-prepped-for-ncaa-west-preliminaries.aspx

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    By: Shaun Wicen, Assistant SID
    BOULDER –
    The University of Colorado track and field program will send 24 student-athletes to the 2019 NCAA West Preliminaries at Sacramento State University starting tomorrow afternoon at 2:30 p.m. (MT).

    CU will compete in 16 total events with the goal to place in the top-12 in the events and advance to the NCAA National Championships in Austin, Texas. 14 women and 10 men compete with the men featured in seven events and the women in nine.

    Colorado has three women ranked inside the top-12 in the NCAA West going into this weekend in their respected events. Elissa Mann is the eighth-ranked individual in the 800-meter run, Gabby Scott is fourth in the 400 hurdles and Val Constien is eighth in the steeplechase.
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    Action begins for the Buffaloes tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. (MT) with the women's high jump. Freshman Kylee Harr is entered in the event after jumping 1.75 meters (5-8.75) at the first meet of the season. Her mark is tied for 10th in school history. She will be joined in the field events by Elisa Grandemange in the hammer throw. On the track, 400 hurdle prelims begin at 3:30 p.m. for the women and at 4 p.m. for Aaron McCoy on the men's side. Thursday's action will also include prelims in the 1,500, 400, 800 and the 10,000 finals.

    Friday's action with begin with the finals in the 400, 800, 400 hurdles and end with the steeplechase, while Saturday features the men's high jump, 1,500 finals, 5,000 finals and the 4x400-meter relays. All three days of competition will be streamed on FloTrack.

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    Cubuff.com Prelim Notes - https://cubuffs.com/documents/2019/5/22//CU_2019_NCAA_West_Prelim_Notes.pdf
     
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    The times listed in the above post listing detail times for the various Buff T & F athletes' events seems off, as I believe it was subtracting an hour from the start times listed in the official schedule rather than adding an hour, which it should have done since the schedule is in the local (Pacific) time for Sacramento.

    The article now has the below corrected list, what looks to be accurate start times:

    2019 NCAA West Prelim outdoor Track and Field Competition_Buff athletes sched_CORRECTED.png
     
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    Nice start on the track for the Buffs, as it looks like 2 of 3 women competing have advanced to Friday night's quarterfinals in the 400M hurdles. With all 6 heats in (and top 2 3 in each heat auto-qualifying), senior Gabby Scott won her heat in what is the 3rd fastest time overall, while junior Eriana Henderson finished 2nd in her heat. (Her time is also looking solid, 11th overall, which, if I'm seeing things right, was a good 0.4 second PR for her, and moves her up to #3 all-time in the Buff record book.)
    Edit- Just noticed the 3rd Buff in the 400M hurdles, sophomore Valerie Welch, in one of those "game of inches" common sometimes in all sports, just missed the 3rd auto-qualifying spot in her heat by .01 seconds.
     
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    And, looks like a VERY nice job by senior Karina Mann, who came into her 1500M heat with one of the slower times of the 12 runners, but finishes 4th while setting her season best (and assume maybe PR?) by 6-7 seconds. With that performance, She qualifies for Saturday's 2nd round (AKA quarterfinals), as the top 5 in each heat automatically advance.
     
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    Sophomore Eduardo Herrera becomes the 4th Buff to advance to a 2nd (quarterfinal) round race, as he finishes 4th in his heat of the men's 1500M with what looks like a 1+ second season's best.
     
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    Doesn't look like near his best time at the distance, but sophomore Jon Maas joins the group of Buffs moving on to the next round, as he gets the 3rd (last) qualifying spot in his 400M heat!
    (Edit - With all the heats now completed, looked like he ended up in the perfect heat, as he ended up the slowest qualifier time-wise by 0.5 seconds, but qualifying is qualifying.)
     
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    And junior Elissa Mann joins her twin sister Karina in qualifying for the 2nd/ quarterfinal round, in her case in the 800M. She missed out from earning an auto berth by finishing 4th, but easily qualifies on time is the fastest runner outside of the top 3 heat (auto-qualifying) finishers. (Her heat was a FAST one, as her time ended up being #8 overall.)

    Next up at the top of the hour are the 1st races where the top 12 finishers advance directly to the NCAA Championships in Austin, with the women's 10000M (3 Buffs competing) scheduled to start at 10:00 MT, then the men at 10:40, with 2 Buffs scheduled to toe the line.
     
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    Unfortunately, Live Results, which had been working well, broke before the women's 10K, so don't have any detail on what happened, but looks like a couple Buff women are going to Austin from their 10K performances!
    (Both are also scheduled to run in the 5K race this Saturday.)

     
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    Final results now posted for the women's 10000M (https://dt8v5llb2dwhs.cloudfront.net/West/028-1.pdf), and looks like the 2 Buffs were able to run together, as they finished within .02 second of each other, safely onto Austin finishing 8th and 9th (with top 12 advancing).
     
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    And the men distance runners end a solid overall day for the Buffs as both running in the 10000M qualify for Austin!



    (Looks like it may have been a rather contained run, as all 12 qualifiers finished less than 4 seconds of each other, which would NEVER happen in an all-out race (https://dt8v5llb2dwhs.cloudfront.net/West/008-1.pdf). Forsyth from CU was the 12th finisher; he did have a decent (7+ second) gap over the 13th place finisher.)

    Note- the women's 10000M is now showing under protest. Hopefully nothing that will negatively effect the 2 Buff qualifiers.
     

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