The Iowa State track and field program had 18 entries invited to next week’s NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships West Preliminaries, the NCAA announced Thursday.
Courtesy Cyclones Athletics, click here! Feature photo: Derek Jones-Glenwood-ISU ©Jim Kirby
The competition, which will take place at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas, will see 48 student-athletes in each individual event, 24 in relays, compete for 12 sports at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships a fortnight later in Eugene, Oregon.
Iowa State’s Jhoanmy Luque will be looking for her third-straight trip to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The Venezuelan, a six-time All-American, enters next week’s competition as the No. 1 seed in the triple jump and the No. 5 seed in the long jump. Joining her in the long jump will be Allanah McCorkle, who is the No. 7 seed in that contest.
In the women’s 800, Jasmine Staebler will be looking to make her second NCAA Championships of the season after making it to the NCAA Indoor Championships in the 800 back in March. The All-American will be joined in the 800 by Erinn Stenman-Fahey, who qualified for West Prelims a second-straight season.
Also aiming for a second trip to the NCAA Championships in 2017 will be Jaymes Dennison and Roshon Roomes. Both made it to NCAA Indoors in the 4×400-meter relay, and are now among the top-12 seeds in the men’s 800.
Derek Jones earned his first trip to the NCAA Outdoor Championships last season in the 400-meter hurdles, and will look for a second-straight trip next week. This is his third-time making it to NCAA West Prelims. Another Cyclone becoming a three-time West Prelims qualifier is Erin Hooker, who will run in the women’s 5,000. Evelyne Guay is also in her third NCAA West Prelims, as she will compete in the 1,500 next week.
A trio of Cyclones who were first-time qualifiers in 2016, and will be looking to take the next step in 2017. In the men’s high jump, Jalen Ford takes his pursuit of trying to clear seven feet to Austin. Kelly Naumann makes her second-straight appearance in the women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase. Ariana Kuhn qualified for the East Preliminaries in the hammer throw last season at Western Kentucky, and will make her second appearance in the West as a Cyclone.
ISU’s first-time qualifiers are all in the distance department. Anne Frisbie will represent the Cyclone women in the 10,000-meter run. As for the men, Dan Curts and Christian DeLago will take part in the 1,500-meter run, Andrew Jordan will compete in the 5,000-meter run and Thomas Pollard is entered in the 10,000-meter run. Pollard earned his slot at West Prelims at last weekend’s Big 12 Outdoor Championships with a silver-medal effort of 29:30.77.
Action at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships West Preliminaries begins next Thursday, May 25, in Austin. Click here for more info on the NCAA West Prelims meet.
800m Run: Jasmine Staebler, Erinn Stenman-Fahey
1,500m Run: Evelyne Guay
3,000m Steeplechase: Kelly Naumann
5,000m Run: Erin Hooker
10,000m Run: Anne Frisbie
Long Jump: Jhoanmy Luque, Allanah McCorkle
Triple Jump: Jhoanmy Luque
Hammer Throw: Ariana Kuhn