Katie Prchlik, USU Athletics Marketing

LOGAN — Utah State's track & field program qualified 17 student-athletes to compete in 20 events at the NCAA West Preliminary, it was announced Thursday.

The Aggies will send 11 men and six women to compete Thursday through Saturday, May 23-25, at Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, California. The East Preliminary is being held at the USF Track and Field Stadium in Tampa, Florida.

Athletes who ranked among the top-48 nationally in their respective event earned berths to the NCAA preliminaries. For each relay event, the top-24 declared relay teams also qualified for the prelims.

Athletes with the top-12 times/marks and the 12 best relay teams at both the east and west preliminaries will advance to the NCAA Outdoor Finals, which are being held June 5-8, at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas. There is no decathlon or heptathlon competition at the preliminary rounds. The top-24 decathlon and heptathlon marks in the nation earned an automatic berth to the Outdoor Finals.

The following is a capsule look at the Aggie men qualifiers:

Luke Beattie — The junior from Woodstock, Illinois, is making his second appearance at the NCAA West Preliminary as he will be competing in the 10,000-meter run. Beattie is seeded 18th (36th nationally) in the west with a personal-best time of 29:00.82, which ranks third all-time in USU history, set at the Stanford Invite.

Josh Barclay — The sophomore from Paul, Idaho, is making his debut at the NCAA West Preliminary as he will be competing in the shot put. Barclay is seeded 35th in the west (62nd nationally) with a personal-best mark of 18.16 meters (59-07.00), which ranks eighth all-time in USU history, set at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships.

Kyle Brost — The junior from Chandler, Arizona, is making his first appearance at the NCAA West Preliminary, as he will be competing in the triple jump. Brost ranks 22nd in the west (58th nationally) in the triple jump with a school-record leap of 15.47 meters (50-9.25), which he set at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships.

Leaugen Fray — The senior from Ontario, Canada, is making his second appearance at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships as he will compete in the high jump. Fray is seeded 20th in the west (T-41st nationally) with a personal-best mark of 2.14 meters (7-0.25), which he set at the BYU-hosted Clarence Robison Invitational. The mark is tied for seventh all-time in school history.

Sindri Gudmundsson — The junior from Kopavogur, Iceland, is making his third appearance at the NCAA West Preliminary Championships as he will be competing in the javelin. Gudmundsson ranks sixth in the west (ninth nationally) in the event with a throw of 73.69 meters (241-09), which he set at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships.

Adam Hendrickson — The senior from Brigham City is making his second appearance at the NCAA West Preliminary as he will be taking part in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Hendrickson is seeded 43rd in the west (87th nationally) with a time of 8:59.40, which he set at the Bryan Clay Invitational.

Kyle Morris — The junior from Hillsboro, Oregon, is making his second appearance at the NCAA West Preliminary as he will be competing in both the javelin and shot put. In the javelin, Morris is ranked 22nd in the west (36th nationally) with a personal-best mark of 68.41 meters (224-05), which he set at the UC Irvine Classic. The mark ranks fourth all-time in school history. In the shot put, Morris is ranked 36th in the west (63rd nationally) with a personal-best mark of 18.11 meters (59-05), which he set at the UC Irvine Classic. The mark ranks ninth all-time in school history.

Chandler Obray — The freshman from Layton is making his debut at the NCAA West Preliminary as he will compete in the high jump. Obray is ranked 33rd in the west (T-61st nationally) with a personal-best mark of 2.11 meters (6-11), which he set at the BYU-hosted Clarence Robison Invitational.

Hunter Simonsen — The sophomore from Kaysville is making his first appearance at the NCAA West Preliminary as he will be competing in the high jump. Simonsen is ranked 18th in the west (T-41st nationally) with a personal-best mark of 2.14 meters (7-0.25), which he set at the BYU-hosted Clarence Robison Invitational. The mark is tied for seventh all-time in school history.

Stokton Smith — The sophomore from Kaysville is making his first appearance at the NCAA West Preliminary as he will be taking part in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Smith is seeded 32nd in the west (56th nationally) with a personal-best time of 8:54.99, which ranks 10th all-time in USU history set at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships.

Christian Sonnenberg — The sophomore from Fussa, Japan, is making his first appearance at the NCAA West Preliminary as he will be taking part in the discus. Sonnenberg is seeded 47th in the west (T-84th nationally) with a personal-best time of 53.92 meters (176-11), which was set at the BYU-hosted Clarence Robison Invitational.

The following is a capsule look at the Aggie women qualifiers:

Talie Bonds — The sophomore from Las Vegas, Nevada, will be making her debut at the NCAA West Preliminary as she is set to compete in the 100-meter hurdles. Bonds is seeded 36th in the west (82nd nationally) in the event with a personal-best time of 13.51 (altitude converted to 13.47), which ranks third all-time in school history. She set the time at the BYU-hosted Clarence Robison Invitational.

Jennifer Christensen — The senior from Grantsville earned her first berth to the NCAA West Preliminary with a personal-best height of 1.76 meters (5-9.25) in the high jump, which is tied for sixth all-time in school history. She is 29th in the west (T-54th nationally) in the event.

Brenn Flint — The senior from Syracuse will be making her fourth appearance at the NCAA West Preliminary as she qualified in both the shot put and discus. In the shot put, Flint is 12th in the west (T-23rd nationally) in the event with a mark of 16.55 meters (54-3.75). Flint is ranked 23rd in the west (39th nationally) in the discus with a personal-best mark of 53.47 meters (175-05.00), which she set at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships. The mark ranks second all-time in school history.

Cierra Simmons-Mecham — The senior from Soda Springs, Idaho, is making her third appearance at the NCAA West Preliminary in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Simmons-Mecham ranks seventh in the west (10th nationally) in the event with a time of 9:56.58, which she set at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships to claim silver.

Alyssa Snyder — The senior from Coalville is making her second appearance at the NCAA West Preliminary as she will be competing in the 10,000-meter run. Snyder ranks 23rd in the west (44th nationally) with a school-record time of 33:50.95, which she set at the prestigious Mt. SAC Relays.

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Michala Zilkey — The senior from Gig Harbor, Washington, is making her first appearance at the NCAA West Preliminary as she will be taking part in both the discus and hammer. Zilkey is seeded 41st in the west (73rd nationally) in the shot put with a personal-best mark of 51.09 meters (167-07.00), which she set at the Beach Invitational. The mark ranks sixth all-time in school history. Zilkey ranks 48th in the west in the hammer with a personal-best mark of 57.45 meters (188-06.00), which she set at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships. The mark ranks 10th all-time in school history.

The Aggies recently competed at the Mountain West Outdoor Championships in Clovis, California, where the men placed third with 137 points and the women took sixth with 70 points.