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Nine Wildcats Qualify for NCAAs Friday at East Prelims

Photo by Chet White – UK Athletics

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Nine more Kentucky Wildcats punched tickets to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday during East Prelims at the University of North Florida’s Hodges Stadium.

UK’s total through two days of the three-day meet is 11 entries that have moved on to compete at the NCAA Championships finals site in Austin, Texas — June 5-8.

Friday qualifiers
Chloe Abbott continued to display scintillating quarter-mile form, lowering her personal best for the second day running and coming out of East Prelims as top qualifier. Her 400m time of 51.32Q improved her No. 2 mark on the UK all-time list.

Senior SEC silver medalist Kianna Gray made NCAAs in the 100m for the fourth year in a row, running 11.27Q (+0.3), eighth best of the prelims. Celera Barnes made it to the NCAA Finals site in the 100m for the second year in a row, running 11.35q (+0.7), 10th best of the round.

Faith Ross and Masai Russell each lowered their PBs and respective Nos. 4 and 5 marks on the UK all-time 400m hurdles list en route to booking spots on the plane to NCAAs in Austin. Ross ran 56.71Q, third best of the quarters, and Russell was eighth fastest in 57.34.

Charles Lenford Jr. punched a ticket for his first NCAA trip in the men’s discus with a toss of 190’10”/58.09m Q (fifth place).

Noah Castle improved his PB by six inches with a mark of 190’7”/58.09m Q, which improved his No. 9 mark on the UK all-time list and got him the No. 7 NCAA Championships qualifying place. The senior made NCAAs in the discus for the second year in a row.

Elijah Marta got the last men’s javelin qualification spot, with a mark of 216’9”/66.07m Q (12th place). He qualified for the second year in a row.

Dwight St. Hillaire got a small q to advance to NCAAs in the men’s 400m for a second year in a row with a time of 45.89, ninth best of the quarterfinals.

 

Friday first-round advancers
Russell and Ross advanced out of the women’s 100m hurdles first round as well. Russell got a big Q with a time of 13.19Q (+0.7) as did Faith Ross in 13.31Q (+0.8) – 13th.

Daniel Roberts (6th — 13.67Q +0.6), Tai Brown (12th – 13.81Q -0.6) and Caleb Wilt (20th – 13.94q +1.0) all advanced into Saturday’s 110m hurdles quarterfinal.

Four Wildcats – Steiner (fourth – 22.92Q +0.7), Gray (15th – 23.27Q +0.4), Abbott (17th – 23.29Q +0.4) and Barnes (23rd – 23.53q +0.6) – moved into the women’s 200m quarterfinal.

Freshman Jacob Smith moved into the men’s 200m QF with a time of 20.78Q (15th).

Thursday qualifiers
Ellen Ekholm as well as Matt Peare advanced to the NCAA Finals site as banner carriers for the Kentucky on Thursday.

Six more Wildcats advanced from the first round into quarterfinal races that ran Friday.

Ekholm earned one of the East Prelims’ 12 available places in the NCAA Outdoor Championships (finals site) high jump field in Austin, Texas. She cleared at 5’10.75”/1.80m on her second attempt after getting over on first tries at 5’7” and 5’8.75”. At that point she was tied for fourth and the field was already whittled down to the 12 who earned their trips to NCAAs so they stopped jumping.

The junior made the NCAA Outdoor Championships for the third year in a row.

Peare cleared an outdoor PB 17’5”/5.31m on his second attempt, which was enough be amoung the 12 men’s pole vaulters remaining and stop jumping while tied for seventh with just one miss on his first attempt at that height. The sophomore made the NCAA Championships for the first time.

He moved to No. 2 on the UK outdoor all-time PV list, a half an inch from the outdoor school record. His indoor PB is 2.75” higher, achieved at the SEC Indoor Championships earlier this year, is the absolute (indoor/outdoor) school record.

 

Pre-meet primer
Kentucky entered 45 spots in the NCAA East Preliminary Championships.

The UK women’s entered 25 and the men’s team sent 20 entries to the meet.

The UK women’s team is ranked No. 4 [nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com] and the Wildcat men are No. 21 [nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com] in the latest edition of the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association computer rankings.

The format 
The East and West regions are comprised of all Division I institutions in 25 states apiece for each of the two regions.

Twelve performers from each preliminary site advance to the NCAA Championships – hosted at Texas’ Mike A. Myers Stadium June 5-8 in Austin, Texas.

The East and West Preliminary Championship intended to have parallel schedules. California State University, Sacramento will host NCAA West Prelims the same days.

For each individual event contested at each of the preliminary sites, the top 48 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition.  For each relay event, the top 24 declared relay teams were accepted into the competition.

For the heptathlon and decathlon, the top 24 declared student-athletes in each event based on their position on the national descending-order list were accepted into the Championships. Heptathlon and decathlon are not contested at preliminary championships sites.

But as it relates to the NCAA Championships, qualifying entries into the preliminary championships is less significant than the number of entries who make it through prelims and advance to Eugene for the NCAA Championships.

How to watch
NCAA track and field fans can watch a live stream of the NCAA Division I East and/or West Preliminary Championships as FloTrack Pro subscribers. The subscription will include access to all FloTrack live broadcasts, video on-demand from all events, documentaries, technique videos and more. Coverage of the preliminary competitions will be available May 23 – 25 at www.flotrack.org [nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com].

NCAA East Preliminary Round

Hodges Stadium — Jacksonville, FL | May 23-25, 2019

Friday Track Events

 

Friday Running Events

Round

Start List

Women 100 M Hurdles

First Round

8. Masai Russell: 13.19Q (+0.7)

13. Faith Ross: 13.31Q (+0.8)

Men 110 M Hurdles

First Round

6. Daniel Roberts: 13.67Q (+0.6)

12. Tai Brown: 13.81Q (-0.6)

20. Caleb Wilt: 13.94q (+1.0)

Women 400 M

Quarterfinal

1. Chloe Abbott: 51.32Q | PB, improves No. 2 performance on UK all-time list

Men 400 M

Quarterfinal

9. Dwight St. Hillaire: 45.89q

Women 100 M

Quarterfinal

8. Kianna Gray: 11.27Q (+0.3)

10. Celera Barnes: 11.35q (+0.7)

Women 400 M Hurdles

Quarterfinal

3. Faith Ross: 56.71Q | PB, improves No. 4 mark on UK all-time list

8. Masai Russell: 57.34Q | PB, improves No. 5 mark on UK all-time list

Women 200 M

First Round

4. Abby Steiner: 22.92Q (+0.7)

15. Kianna Gray: 23.27Q (+0.4)

17. Chloe Abbott: 23.29Q (+0.4)

23. Celera Barnes: 23.53q (+0.6)

Men 200 M

First Round

15. Jacob Smith: 20.78Q

Men 3k Steeplechase

Quarterfinal

Matthew Thomas: 9:22.43

Brennan Fields

Friday Field Events

Friday Field Events

Round

Start List

Women Discus

First Round

28. Molly Leppelmeier: 160’7”/48.95m

35. Nicole Fautsch: 153’11”/46.92m

Men Javelin

First Round

12. Elijah Marta: 216’9“/66.07m Q

Men Discus

First Round

5. Charles Lenford Jr.: 190’10”/58.09m Q

7. Noah Castle: 190’7”/58.09m Q | 6’ PB, improves No. 9 mark on UK all-time list

33. Josh Sobota: 169’2”/51.57m

Women Pole Vault

First Round

36. Jaci Bickett: 12’4.5”/3.77m

Saturday Track Events

Time

Saturday Running Events

Round

Start List

6:00 PM

Women 4×100 M Relay

Quarterfinal

3 heats

12 Advance: Top 3 Each Heat + Next 3 Best Times to Austin

Ht. 1 | Ln. 3: UK

6:15 PM

Men 4×100 M Relay

Quarterfinal

3 heats

12 Advance: Top 3 Each Heat + Next 3 Best Times to Austin

Ht. 2 | Ln. 3: UK

6:30 PM

Women 1500 M

Quarterfinal

6:45 PM

Men 1500 M

Quarterfinal

7:05 PM

Women 100 M Hurdles

Quarterfinal

3 heats

12 Advance: Top 3 Each Heat + Next 3 Best Times to Austin

Ht. 3 | Ln. 4. Faith Ross | Ln. 7. Masai Russell

7:20 PM

Men 110 M Hurdles

Quarterfinal

3 heats

12 Advance: Top 3 Each Heat + Next 3 Best Times to Austin

Ht. 1 | Ln. 5. Tai Brown

Ht. 3 | Ln. 2. Caleb Wilt | Ln. 5. Daniel Roberts

7:35 PM

Women 200 M

Quarterfinal

3 heats

12 Advance: Top 3 Each Heat +  Next 3 Best Times to Austin

Ht. 1 | Ln. 2. Celera Barnes

Ht. 3 | Ln. 3. Chloe Abbott | Ln. 4. Kianna Gray | Ln. 7. Abby Steiner

7:50 PM

Men 200 M

Quarterfinal

3 heats

12 Advance: Top 3 Each Heat +  Next 3 Best Times to Austin

Ht. 1 | Ln. 8: Jacob Smith

8:05 PM

Women 5000 M

Semifinal

8:45 PM

Men 5000 M

Semifinal

9:25 PM

Women 4×400 M Relay

Quarterfinal

3 heats

12 Advance: Top 3 Each Heat + Next 3 Best Times to Austin

Ht. 2 | Ln. 4: UK

9:45 PM

Men 4×400 M Relay

Quarterfinal

3 heats

12 Advance: Top 3 Each Heat + Next 3 Best Times to Austin

Ht. 1 | Ln. 4: UK

Saturday Field Events

Time

Saturday Field Events

Round

Start List

2:45 PM

Men Shot Put

First Round

4 flights

Fl. 3 | #2. Josh Sobota

Fl. 4 | #9. Charles Lenford Jr., #11. Noah Castle

3:00 PM

Women Triple Jump

First Round

4 flights

Fl. 4 | #11. Marie-Josee Ebwea-Bile Excel

4:00 PM

Men High Jump

First Round

2 flights

Fl. 2 | #17. Rahman Minor

5:15 PM

Women Shot Put

First Round

4 flights

Fl. 2 | #9. Molly Leppelmeier

Fl. 4 | #1. Nicole Fautsch

6:30 PM

Men Triple Jump

First Round

Thursday Track

Thursday Running Events

Round

Start List

Women 400 M Hurdles

First Round

2. Faith Ross: 57.77Q

7. Masai Russell: 58.38Q

Men 1500 M

First Round

30. Ben Young: 3:55.26

37. Kendall Muhammad: 3:56.83

Women 100 M

First Round

4. Kianna Gray: 11.34Q (-0.9)

11. Celera Barnes: 11.44Q (-0.4)

Women 400 M

First Round

1. Chloe Abbott: 51.44Q | PB, improves No. 2 mark on UK all-time list

Men 400 M

First Round

6 heats

7. Dwight St. Hillaire: 45.94Q

Thursday Field

Thursday Field Events

Round

Start List

Women High Jump

First Round

2 Flights

T-4. Ellen Ekholm: 5’10.75”/1.80m Q

21. Carly Hinkle: 5’7”/1.70m

Women Hammer

First Round

3 flights

36. Molly Leppelmeier: 184’4”/56.18m

Men Pole Vault

First Round

2 flights

T-7. Matt Peare: 17’5”/ 5.31m Q | Outdoor PB, No. 2 on UK outdoor all-time list

Women Long Jump

First Round

4 flights

19. Tatiana Aholou: 19’6.26”/5.95m (+0.2)

23. Zhane Smith: 19’5.5”/5.93m (+0.1)

30. Marie-Josee Ebwea-Bile Excel: 
19’4.25”/ 5.90m (+0.7)

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