The Nebraska track and field team will arrive at the NCAA West Preliminary Round at John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville, AR today and practice at the track on Wednesday as they begin to compete for bids to the NCAA Championships during the three-day meet starting on Thursday. The national meet will be hosted in Eugene, Oregon, at Hayward Field on Wednesday, June 11 – Saturday, June 14. To advance to the NCAA Championships, athletes and relay teams will need to secure a top-12 finish in their event.
The decathlon and heptathlon are the only events not competed at the regional meet. Nebraska’s Anne Martin (heptathlon) has already secured her spot at the national meet.
The Huskers will have 16 women and 21 men entered in competition, including the 4×400-meter relay and the 4×100-meter relay for each. Of the 37 Huskers competing over the weekend, five are scheduled to compete in two or more events.
The meet is scheduled for a noon (CT) start on Thursday, with the women’s javelin opening the meet, while the first track event will be the first round of the men’s 400-meter hurdles at 4:30 p.m. On Friday, the men’s hammer starts the day at 10 a.m., and the first round of the men’s 110-meter hurdles opens the track at 5 p.m. The final day will begin with the women’s hammer at 10 a.m., while the women’s 4×100-meter relay quarterfinal will be the first track event at 6 p.m. and the men’s 4×400-meter relay will conclude the meet at 9:45 p.m.