Five things to watch at NCAA track and field West Preliminary in Lawrence

Five things to watch at NCAA olympic style events West Preliminary in Lawrence

The NCAA West Preliminary runs Thursday through Saturday at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence. The occasion will incorporate olympic style events competitors from the 121 Division I schools west of the Mississippi River who rank main 48 in their particular occasions. The main 12 competitors and transfers development to the NCAA Championships on June 8-11 in Eugene, Oregon.

Here are five things to look for:

1. KU star

A couple of neighborhood steeplechase runners ought to be a primary fascination beginning at 8:50 p.m. Friday. New Mexico’s Courtney Frerichs — a Nixa, Mo., local and previous UMKC runner — has the top time in the district by over 18 seconds furthermore is a 2016 Olympics confident. In the interim, UMKC’s Bryce Miller has the second-best locale time in the men’s occasion at 8:38.59.

2. Fast Tigers

Kansas State’s Kim Williamson won her second in a row Big 12 high hop title two weeks back with a district best jump of 6 feet, 1.5 inches. Subsequent to completing second in the country a year ago, Williamson will hope to procure her spot in the NCAA Championships at the end of the day at 5 p.m. Friday.

3. Steep competition

Kansas’ Mitch Cooper will be proceeding with his quest for a national title in the disk at 4 p.m. Friday subsequent to winning a Big 12 title in his last meet. The Australian’s seed sign of 205 feet, 3 inches is best in the area.

4. Top leaper

Missouri will have two of the district’s quickest runners amid the 100-and 400-meter races that occur Thursday and Friday. Kahmari Montgomery positions second in the locale in the 400 (45.13 seconds), while Markesh Woodson is third in the 100 (10.13 seconds). Kansas State’s Terrell Smith additionally is somebody to watch in the 200, as he posted the second-quickest seed time (20.44).

5. Pole position

After a 1-2 complete at the Big 12 meet two weeks back, KU’s Jake Albright and Nick Meyer will hope to progress to the NCAAs in the wake of posting main five imprints in the locale. Missouri’s Matthew Ludwig is directly behind with a 6th spot seed mark for the 4:30 occasion Thursday.

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