BYU track: five Cougars head to NCAA Championships

By Kyle Chilton

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, June 4 2013 3:45 p.m. MDT

PROVO, Utah — BYU men’s track and field will send five athletes to compete at the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships this week in Eugene, Ore. The meet will be held at Oregon’s Hayward Feld and begins Wednesday, June 5, and runs through Saturday, June 8.

"The exciting thing about this nationals for us is everyone has a shot at making first-team All-American and scoring points," BYU coach Mark Robison said. "Everyone competing for us has NCAA championship meet experience, and that goes a long way."

Starting the meet off for the Cougars on Wednesday will be senior All-American Victor Weirich in the pole vault. The meet will be Weirich’s second NCAA Outdoor Championships. He took fourth to earn first-team All-America honors in 2011.

Ryan Waite and Curtis Carr will also compete in their respective semifinal rounds on Wednesday in the 800 meter run and 3,000 meter steeplechase. Waite is a four-time All-American and will compete in his third NCAA outdoor championships. Carr is making his NCAA Track and Field Championships debut but has experience running at the NCAA Cross Country Championships.

On Thursday, All-Americans Jared Ward and Tylor Thatcher will compete in the 10,000 meter run finals. In 2012, Ward took fifth place in the same event. Thatcher received All-American honors in cross-country and was a qualifier for the 2013 NCAA Indoor Championships.

Athlete — Event — Schedule

Victor Weirich — Pole Vault — Wednesday, 4:00 p.m. PT, Final

Ryan Waite — 800 meters — Wednesday, 5:45 p.m. PT, Semifinal

Curtis Carr — 3,000 meter steeplechase — Wednesday, 6:45 p.m. PT, Semifinal

Tylor Thatcher — 10,000 meters — Thursday, 7:15 p.m. PT, Final

Jared Ward — 10,000 meters — Thursday, 7:15 p.m. PT, Final

Complete results, heat sheets and quotes will be posted on NCAA.com/trackandfield throughout the competition and at the conclusion of each day of the meet.

Tickets for all four days of the championships are currently on sale. Tickets may be purchased online on Oregon's athletic website, by calling 1-800-WEBFOOT, in person at the Athletic Ticket Office located in the Moshofsky Center or at the Hayward Field ticket windows on the days of the meet.

ESPN3/ESPNU will broadcast the majority of the meet, with supplementary webcasting on Pac-12 Live Stream.

The broadcast schedule (all times Pacific):

Day — Time — TV/web

Wednesday, June 5 — 12 p.m.-8 p.m. — Pac-12 Live Stream

Thursday, June 6 — 11 a.m.-3:50 p.m. — Pac-12 Live Stream

Thursday, June 6 — 3:50 p.m.-8 p.m. — ESPN3.com

Friday, June 7 — 12:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. — Pac-12 Live Stream

Friday, June 7 — 4:30 p.m.-7 p.m. — ESPNU/ESPN3.com

Saturday, June 8 — 12:30 p.m.-2 p.m. — Pac-12 Live Stream

Saturday, June 8 — 2 p.m.-4 p.m. — ESPNU/ESPN3.com

Days three and four of competition will be rebroadcast on ESPNU on Sunday, June 9 at 7 a.m. MT and Monday, June 10 at 11 a.m. MT.

Kyle Chilton is the director of media relations for BYU men's basketball. He can be reached at 801-422-4909, kyle_chilton@byu.edu or on Twitter @kylechilton.

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