30 Hawkeyes Qualify for NCAAs

posted by Jack Rossi -

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Thirty University of Iowa student-athletes secured spots at the 2018 NCAA Track and Field West Preliminary, the NCAA Division I Track and Field and Cross Country Committee announced Thursday.

Iowa’s 30 qualifiers will compete in 36 events. The qualifiers include 13 returnees, 17 first timers, and the men’s and women’s 1,600 and 400-meter relays.

The athletes selected finished the regular season as one of the top 48 competitors in an individual event or one of the top 24 relays. The top 12 individuals and relays from the West Region will move on to the 2018 NCAA Championship final rounds in Eugene, Oregon, June 6-9.

Junior Reno Tuufuli enters the preliminary round as the highest ranked Hawkeye in the West Region on the men’s side. Tufuuli is seeded second in the discus with a mark of 199 feet, 8 inches (60.87 meters). Tuufuli is one of 13 Hawkeyes set to compete in multiple events. He will also compete in the shot put.

Coming off two Big Ten championships in the long jump and triple jump, senior Jahisha Thomas enters the regional as the No. 2 seed in the long jump with a Big Ten record of 21 feet, 6 inches, and No. 9 seed in the triple jump (43 feet, 8.5 inches). Thomas will be making her third trip to the NCAA Preliminary round.

Iowa’s 30 qualifiers are the most since 2011 when it send 33 to the West Regional.

The NCAA West Regional runs May 24-26 in Sacramento, California, on the campus of California State University, Sacramento. The meet will be live streamed by FloTrack.

QUALFIERS BY EVENT (SEED, ATHLETES, QUALIFYING MARK/TIME

Men’s 100 Meters30. O’Shea Wilson, 10.39

Women’s 100 Meters19. Brittany Brown, 11.28

Men’s 200 Meters15. Antonio Woodard, 20.61

Women’s 200 Meters6. Brittany Brown, 22.76

Men’s 400 Meters4. Mar’yea Harris, 44.9816. DeJuan Frye, 46.1735. Collin Hofacker, 46.64

Women’s 400 Meters10. Briana Guillory, 51.95

Men’s 800 Meters29. Tysen VanDraska, 1:49.6534. Matt Manternach, 1:49.80

Women’s 800 Meters43. Mallory King, 2:08.45

Men’s 1,500 Meters25. Michael Melchert, 3:44.59

Men’s 3,000-Meter Steeplechase13. Nathan Mylenek, 8:48.66

Women’s 10,000 Meters18. Andrea Shine, 33:50.25

Men’s 110-Meter Hurdles15. Chris Douglas, 13.89

44. Anthony Williams, 14.22

Women’s 100-Meter Hurdles37. Jenny Kimbro, 13.56

Men’s 400-Meter Hurdles13. Chris Douglas, 50.4443. Noah Larrison, 51.8647. Raymund Clarke, 51.92

Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles38. Sommer Sharpe, 59.2046. Sarah Plock, 59.49

Men’s Long Jump29. O’Shea Wilson, 7.63 meters

Women’s Long Jump2. Jahisha Thomas, 6.55 meters

Women’s High Jump38. Aubrianna Lantrip, 1.76 meters40. Gillian Urycki, 1.76 meters48. Tria Simmons, 1.75 meters

Women’s Triple Jump9. Jahisha Thomas, 13.32 meters

Men’s Shot Put11. Reno Tuufuli, 18.88 meters

Women’s Shot Put13. Laulauga Tausaga, 16.80 meters22. Nia Britt, 16.52 meters

Men’s Discus Throw2. Reno Tuufuli, 60.87 meters

Women’s Discus Throw7. Laulauga Tausaga, 59.86 meters31. Konstadina Spanoudakis, 52.51 meters

Women’s Hammer Throw43. Leah Colbert, 57.69 meters

Women’s Javelin Throw43. Marissa Mueller, 46.02 meters

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