By Drew Harris | UTAMavs.com
ARLINGTON, Texas – Seven individuals and one relay team from the UT Arlington track and field program have officially qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round this week in Lawrence, Kan.
Athletes ranked among the top 48 in their respective event earned berths into the NCAA West Preliminary Round, which is being contested Thursday through Saturday. The best 24 relay times also advanced to the NCAA Prelims.
Athletes finishing with the top-12 times/marks and the best 12 relay teams at both the East and West Prelims qualify for the NCAA Championships June 8-11 in Eugene, Ore.
"We are very excited about the postseason and optimistic that we can advance some athletes to Eugene," UTA coach John Sauerhage said.
Freshman Alexus Henry is the highest seeded Maverick athlete, as she is ranked 13th in the high jump. Her clearance of 5 feet, 10 1/2 inches is the second-best mark in school history. The women's high jump will take place Friday at 5 p.m.
In the men's high jump, Roland Sales, a Second-Team All-American in the indoor season, will attempt to advance to the NCAA Championships for the second straight year. He is ranked 21st in the event, and will jump at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Also in the field is 31st-ranked triple jumper Tobi Fawehinmi, who will compete at 3 p.m. Saturday. He registered a season-best mark of 50 feet, 4 inches during a bronze medal finish at the SBC Championship.
On the track, Emeka Nwangwu, the Sun Belt Conference champion in the men’s 110m hurdles, is seeded 24th in the event after achieving a personal-best time of 13.99 last week at the league meet. He will race in the first round at 5:30 p.m. Friday.
Katelyn Hayward has advanced in the women's 3000m steeplechase with the No. 46 time in the West Region. Her clocking of 10:29.89 in a runner-up showing at the SBC meet, broke her own school record. The steeple quarterfinals are Friday at 8:30 p.m.
Taylor Davis will participate in the women’s 400 meters for the second straight year. She is seeded 35th in the event (Thursday at 7:20 p.m.) with a time of 54.32. Last year, she toppled the school standard by running 54.04.
Alexis Baldwin made the women's 100m field by ranking 48th with a clocking of 11.62. She will be the first UTA athlete to compete this week, running in the first round at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.
Finally, the men's 4x400m relay team earned a berth by ranking 22nd in the West (3:09.26). The quartet that achieved that time included D'Undre Mitchell, Brenden Wallace, David Seastrunk and Erik Martinsson. They will run at 9:45 p.m. Saturday.
Live video streaming will be available on KUAthletics.com. Live results can be found at NCAA.com.
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