AUSTIN, Texas (Univ. of Ark.) - The No. 8 University of Arkansas women's track and field team will send 22 entries-21 individual and one relay-to the 2013 NCAA West Preliminary which begins Thursday and runs through Saturday. The three-day national qualifier will be contested at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas. When qualifying lists were announced last week, the Razorbacks had 23 total entries, tied for the fifth-highest total in the NCAA.
The team's overall total also includes Makeba Alcide in the heptathlon, the only event not competed during the preliminary weekend. After qualifying rounds in Austin, the top 12 in each event from each national prelim will advance to the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships which will be held June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore. The NCAA East Preliminary is taking place this week in Greensboro, N.C.
The top 48 individuals and top 24 relays from the region will be in competition. With the exception of the 3,000-meter steeplechase, 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters and relay events, each running event will feature two rounds of qualifying. Each field event will take the top-12 competitors after one round of qualifying. The Razorbacks have at least one entry in 12 of 20 events, including a team-high three qualifiers in the 1,500 meters, 5,000 meters and 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Alcide and Semehar Tesfaye are the only Arkansas athletes entered in two individual events. In addition to being the NCAA leader in the heptathlon, Alcide also qualified in the 100-meter hurdles and high jump. Tesfaye is scheduled to compete at 5,000 and 10,000 meters. Nineteen of the 31 Razorbacks to post a mark this season will be in action at the NCAA West Preliminary.
Arkansas enters the meet with nine top-10 regional marks and six top-10 NCAA performances while four entries-Jessica Kamilos, Sparkle McKnight, Diane Robison and Chrishuna Williams-will be making their individual debuts at the preliminary event. Williams previously appeared in 2012 as a member of the 4x400-meter relay team. Tesfaye is making her first appearance with Arkansas having previously qualified in 2010 during her stay at Iowa State.
The Razorbacks are the eighth-ranked team in the country and will be part of a field at the West Preliminary that will feature 18 top-25 teams. Along with Arkansas, this week's meet will feature top-ranked Kansas, No. 2 Texas A&M, No. 3 Oregon, No. 6 Arizona, No. 9 Arizona State, No. 11 Texas, No. 12 Stanford, No. 13 UCLA, No. 14 Iowa State, No. 16 San Diego State, No. 18 Wichita State, No. 19 Washington, No. 20 Texas Tech, No. 21 USC, No. 22 Baylor, No. 23 Oklahoma and No. 25 Illinois State.
Meet coverage will include live video via CBSSports.com, live results and an interactive blog beginning with the running events each day.
NCAA West Preliminary Events
3. Regina George, 51.74*
32. Chrishuna Williams, 53.79
12. Martine Borge, 2:06.21
5. Stephanie Brown, 4:14.60
15. Keri Wood, 4:21.07
36. Paige Johnston, 4:25.17
14. Diane Robison, 16:01.94
16. Semehar Tesfaye, 16:04.78
37. Kaitlin Flattmann, 16:23.33
14. Semehar Tesfaye, 33:49.78
7. Ivanique Kemp, 13.10
35. Makeba Alcide, 13.60
4. Sparkle McKnight, 55.71*
16. Gwendolyn Flowers, 58.74
4. Grace Heymsfield, 10:01.74*
9. Jessica Kamilos, 10:10.11
13. Shannon Klenke, 10:13.42
4. Williams/McKnight/Flowers/George - 3:28.42*
2. Makeba Alcide, 1.88m/6-2*
21. Kirsten Hesseltine, 1.76m/5-9.25
15. Danielle Nowell, 4.11m/13-5.75
10. Tamara Myers, 12.99m/42-7.5
NCAA Championships Entries
1. Makeba Alcide, 5,968 points*
* - top-10 NCAA mark