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Track and Field: BYU, Weber State, Utah State, Southern Utah and Utah athletes head to NCAA championships

Deseret News

Published: Monday, June 3 2013 4:20 p.m. MDT

According to newly appointed head coach Ed Eyestone, the BYU Cougars will be well-represented in this week's NCAA outdoor track and field championships at Eugene, Ore.

BYU will send two women, Kelsey Brown (800 meters) and Natalie Stewart (400 meters), to Eugene. The BYU men's team will be represented by pole vaulter Victor Weirich, 800-meter star Ryan Waite, steeplechaser Curtis Carr, and Jared Ward and Tylor Thatcher (10,000 meters).

"I think we've got a great group going to nationals and I expect they will score some points," said Eyestone.

WEBER STATE: Weber State is sending distance runners Amber Henry and John Coyle to the meet. They will both run in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

A total of 24 athletes are entered in each steeplechase race and the top 14 finishers from the trials will advance to the finals. Henry will run in the trials of the women's steeplechase on Thursday at 6:35 p.m. MDT, with the finals set for Saturday at 3:57 p.m. MDT. Coyle will run in the trials of the men's race Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. MDT, with the finals set for Friday at 6:40 p.m.

UTAH STATE: Senior sprinter Will Henry and sophomore high jumper Chari Hawkins will represent the Aggies at nationals.

Henry finished 12th in the 100-meter dash first-round finals with a time of 10.60, while Hawkins tied for third place in the high jump, clearing a height of 1.79 meters, a mark that ranks tied for second all-time in school history. Hawkins will also compete in the heptathlon. She has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Mountain Region Women's Field Athlete of the Year.

SOUTHERN UTAH: Nate Jewkes will make a second national appearance this season, running in the men's 10k on Thursday night. Jewkes also represented SUU at the NCAA National Cross Country Championships in the fall of 2012.

Jewkes qualified for the outdoor championships by way of a sixth-place finish at the NCAA first-round meet two weeks ago, finishing the race with a time of 30:07.04. Jewkes will have a chance to defend Southern Utah's national title in the 10k after Cam Levins won the race last season.

UTAH: Amanda Mergaert will represent the Utes in the 1,500 meters for the third-straight year.

Mergaert finished nine-hundredths of a second off her best time of this outdoor season, placing fourth in her heat and seventh overall with a time of 4:15.19 in the first round.

Utah schools send athletes to NCAA track and field championships

According to newly appointed head coach Ed Eyestone, the BYU Cougars will be well-represented in this week's NCAA outdoor track and field championships at Eugene, Ore.

BYU will send two women, Kelsey Brown (800 meters) and Natalie Stewart (400 meters), to Eugene. The BYU men's team will be represented by pole vaulter Victor Weirich, 800-meter star Ryan Waite, steeplechaser Curtis Carr, and Jared Ward and Tylor Thatcher (10,000 meters).

"I think we've got a great group going to nationals and I expect they will score some points," said Eyestone.

WEBER STATE: Weber State is sending distance runners Amber Henry and John Coyle to the meet. They will both run in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

A total of 24 athletes are entered in each steeplechase race and the top 14 finishers from the trials will advance to the finals. Henry will run in the trials of the women's steeplechase on Thursday at 6:35 p.m. MDT, with the finals set for Saturday at 3:57 p.m. MDT. Coyle will run in the trials of the men's race Wednesday at 7:45 p.m. MDT, with the finals set for Friday at 6:40 p.m.

UTAH STATE: Senior sprinter Will Henry and sophomore high jumper Chari Hawkins will represent the Aggies at nationals.

Henry finished 12th in the 100-meter dash first-round finals with a time of 10.60, while Hawkins tied for third place in the high jump, clearing a height of 1.79 meters, a mark that ranks tied for second all-time in school history. Hawkins will also compete in the heptathlon. She has been named the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Mountain Region Women's Field Athlete of the Year.

SOUTHERN UTAH: Nate Jewkes will make a second national appearance this season, running in the men's 10k on Thursday night. Jewkes also represented SUU at the NCAA National Cross Country Championships in the fall of 2012.

Jewkes qualified for the outdoor championships by way of a sixth-place finish at the NCAA first-round meet two weeks ago, finishing the race with a time of 30:07.04. Jewkes will have a chance to defend Southern Utah's national title in the 10k after Cam Levins won the race last season.

UTAH: Amanda Mergaert will represent the Utes in the 1,500 meters for the third-straight year.

Mergaert finished nine-hundredths of a second off her best time of this outdoor season, placing fourth in her heat and seventh overall with a time of 4:15.19 in the first round.

— Deseret News

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