Ed­wards, Werner qual­ify for NCAA Cham­pi­onships

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SACRA­MENTO,

Calif. – One day down, two NCAA qual­i­fiers se­cured as the Ra­zor­backs hit the track Thurs­day af­ter­noon at the NCAA Women’s West Out­door Track and Field Pre­lims at Sacra­mento State’s Hor­net Sta­dium Qual­i­fiers in Sacra­mento, Cal­i­for­nia, ad­vanc­ing to the NCAA Women’s Out­door Cham­pi­onships June 5-8 in Austin, Texas.

Tay­lor Werner has added to her come­back sea­son with a ticket to the NCAA Out­door Cham­pi­onships in the 10,000 me­ters.

Werner, who missed last out­door sea­son with a med­i­cal red­shirt, has qual­i­fied for every cham­pi­onship meet this sea­son (XC, ITF, OTF). The ju­nior from

Ste. Genevieve, Mis­souri, se­cured her ticket to Austin run­ning 33:40.81 – the fourth-fastest on the night.

G’auna Ed­wards grabbed her spot at the NCAA Cham­pi­onships with a jump of 6.14m (20-1.75) in the women’s long jump. Ed­wards took care of busi­ness early in the event post­ing the mark on her ini­tial jump of the com­pe­ti­tion.

Arkansas ad­vanced eight in Thurs­day pre­lim events. First on the track for the Ra­zor­backs, was the mid­dle-dis­tance group as they com­peted in the first round of the 1,500 me­ters. Ca­rina Viljoen ad­vanced to the quar­ter­fi­nal by way of an auto-q fin­ish, tak­ing third in her heat in a time of 4:18.92Q. Syd­ney Brown fin­ished 27th in 4:22.17, while Maddy Reed (4:25.38) and Meghan Underwood (4:26.25) fin­ished 30th and 32nd, re­spec­tively.

Keth­lin Camp­bell led the en­tire field of the women’s 400-me­ter first round, fin­ish­ing with a days best of 52.16. Paris Peo­ples ran a life­time-best 52.79Q se­cur­ing her spot in the quar­ter­fi­nal along­side Mor­gan Burks-magee who grabbed a spot with her run of 53.47q. Syd­ney Ham­mit narrowly missed out on ad­vanc­ing, run­ning the sec­ond­fastest non-qual­i­fy­ing time at 53.83. Shafi­qua Maloney (54.28) and Tiana Wil­son (54.82) 36th and 42nd, re­spec­tively.

Both Arkansas sprint­ers moved through to the quar­ter­fi­nal. Kiara Parker clocked a time of 11.42Q, the 10th-fastest on the day, and Ta­mara Kuyk­endall ran 11.61Q to lock up her spot in the next round.

J’alyiea Smith also com

pe­ted Thurs­day af­ter­noon fin­ish­ing out of the qual­i­fy­ing top 12 tied for 16th in the high jump clear­ing 1.75m (5-8.75).

Sullins qual­i­fies for NCAAS in his­toric fash­ion

A his­toric day one set the tone for the Ra­zor­backs

as they com­peted at the NCAA Men’s West Track and Field Pre­lims at Hor­net Sta­dium on the cam­pus of Sacra­mento State Univer­sity. Arkansas ad­vanced nine Ra­zor­backs on day one.

Erich Sullins made his­tory Thurs­day as he be­came the first Ra­zor­back in pro­gram his­tory to qual­ify for the NCAA Men’s Out­door Track and Field Cham­pi­onships in the ham­mer

throw. Sullins fin­ished with a best of 66.94m (219-7) – the fifth-best mark in the com­pe­ti­tion at the NCAA Men’s West Track and Field Pre­lims whose qual­i­fiers at Sacra­mento State’s Hor­net Sta­dium ad­vance to the NCAA Out­door Track and Field Cham­pi­onships in Austin, Texas.

Arkansas’ sec­ond NCAA qual­i­fier came by way of Gilbert Boit in the 10,000

me­ters.

Boit ran 29:00.70 tak­ing sev­enth place in the 10K semi­fi­nal earn­ing a spot a in Austin.

The Ra­zor­backs ad­vanced a pair of 400-me­ter hur­dlers to the quar­ter­fi­nal as Nick Hil­son (51.25q) and Travean Caldwell (51.72Q) sur­vived to com­pete an­other day. Hil­son ad­vanced on time, turn­ing in the sec­ond fastest non-auto qual­i­fy­ing mark,

while Caldwell grabbed an auto-q spot to the next round fin­ish­ing in the top three of his heat.

Mov­ing up to 1,500 me­ters, Cameron Grif­fith and Ethan Moehn se­cured their spots in the quar­ter­fi­nal. Grif­fith ad­vanced via an auto-q fin­ish in his heat run­ning 3:44.91, Moehn grabbed his spot in the next round on time run­ning 3:45.23.

Kris Hari and Roy Eji­akuekwu will com­pete in the quar­ter­fi­nal of the 100 me­ters fol­low­ing their run of 10.30 and 10.32, re­spec­tively. Hari grabbed an auto-q

Hunter Wood­hall’s sea­son will con­tinue as the sopho­more from Syra­cuse, Utah clocked 46.88q earn­ing a spot in the 400-me­ter quar­ter­fi­nal.

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