BYU track: Cougars to send 25 to NCAA West Preliminary

By Ryan Waite

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, May 17 2013 7:08 p.m. MDT

PROVO, Utah — All-American distance runner Jared Ward will lead 25 BYU student-athletes to the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field West Championships in Austin, Texas, from May 23-25.

Ward will compete in the 10,000-meter and the 5,000-meter runs, where he is ranked fourth and seventh, respectively.

The top 48 athletes in the region in each event qualify for the Preliminary Rounds. In the preliminaries, the top 12 athletes in each event move on to the NCAA Championships, held June 6-9 in Eugene, Ore.

The Cougars have five athletes ranked in the top 12 of their respective events heading into the meet: Ryan Waite in the 800-meter run, Steve Flint in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, Victor Weirichin the pole vault, Tylor Thatcher in the 10,000-meter run and Ward in the 10,000-meter and 5,000-meter runs.

A complete list of the BYU athletes accepted into the meet is below. The full list of participants at the West Preliminary Round can be found at NCAA.com.

Event and student-athlete

100m — Fan Fan Charles

400m — Cade Lindahl

400m Hurdles — Korey Smith

800m — David Graham and Ryan Waite

1500m — Marcus Dickson

3,000m Steeplechase — Daniel Carney, Curtis Carr, Steve Flint, Erik Harris and James Tracy

5,000m — Steve Flint, Thomas Gruenewald, Tylor Thatcher, Jared Ward and Jason Witt

10,000m — Taylor Farnsworth, Conner Peloquin, Tylor Thatcher and Jared Ward

High Jump — Dakoda John and Sam Rockwood

Long Jump — John Glazier

Pole Vault — Braydon Bringhurst and Victor Weirich

Shot Put — Dennis Christensen

Javelin — Keith Keller and Kyle Baker

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