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NCAA Regionals – Who punched their ticket to Nationals?

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After a strong showing at the preliminary round, 16 British and Irish athletes survived the cut and have qualified for the NCAA Championships in Des Moines in June.

With only the top 12 to qualify from 48 starters in each region, early season form counted for nothing. A one off performance at regionals was needed to secure qualification, and as is always the case there were numerous big name casualties that failed to advance across the range of events. Florida sprinter Jeff Demps is one such example of an athlete who failed to qualify in the 100m despite being ranked number one going in to the event.

The combination of hot weather and being fatigued at the end of the long NCAA year meant that many athletes put in sub-par performances, well below what they had previously achieved earlier in the season to qualify. Timing peak form correctly is crucial with the way the NCAA calendar works, and getting things just slightly wrong can easily result in an unexpectedly early season ending.

As stated above, advancing 16 qualifiers to NCAAs out of 42 who competed at the preliminary rounds is a positive success rate.

Recent ‘A Standard’ achiever James Alaka continued his good form, qualifying comfortably over both 100m and 200m. Alaka will head to Des Moines in the form of his life, having set personal bests over both short sprint distances this season. He was also on relay duty for Washington in Austin, though his team narrowly came up one spot short of qualifying.

One athlete we have overlooked all season until this point was freshman Lorraine Ugen of TCU. The Blackheath and Bromley athlete showed huge versatility by qualifying for the NCAA’s in both the 100m and long jump. Ugen has a wealth of junior international experience competing for Great Britain, which could prove vital as she prepared for her maiden NCAA Outdoor Championship.

Indoor mile champion (Chris O’Hare) and runner up (Rich Peters) will get to renew their rivalry outdoors as both qualified with minimal hassle. Add in Miles Batty, Lawi Lalang, and new collegiate record holder Kyle Merber, and the men’s 1500m will surely be one of the highlights in Des Moines.

Mention has to also be given to the Wade twins (Tom and Joe). Not only were they at the same UK university (St Marys), the same US university (Lamar), but they also both compete in the steeplechase. No surprise then to find that they were drawn in the same heat at the West Preliminary in Austin. After finishing second and third they can now both look forward to each other’s company again for a trip to Des Moines.

Asides from James Alaka and Lorraine Ugen, the only other non middle or long distance qualifiers were Oklahoma State hammer thrower Nick Miller, and 400m hurdler Eseroghene Okoro (Iowa State).

The full list of British and Irish performances from the two regional meets is shown below. Qualifiers for the NCAA Championships are in red. We will run a full preview of each British and Irish qualifier when the declarations are out next week.

Event Place Heat Name Year School Mark
800 7 (h) Yasmin Smith JR South Florida 2.10.38
1500 3 (h) Hannah Brooks SR Florida State 4.29.00
1500 1 (qf) Hannah Brooks SR Florida State 4.18.72
1500 8 (h) Kirsty Legg JR Butler 4.24.94
1500 9 (qf) Kirsty Legg JR Butler 4.26.23
5000 4 (sf) Charlotte FfrenchO’Carroll JR Providence 16.23.81
5000 18 Sarah Hudak JR UAB 17.02.97
10000 7 (sf) Holly Knight SR Louisville 34.29.77
10000 22 (sf) Hollie Rowland JR Iona 35.39.65
10000 35 (sf) Patricia Barry JR Stony Brook 37.04.02
3000SC 14 (sf) Michelle Finn SR Western Kentucky 10.35.00
100 2 (h) Lorraine Ugen FR TCU 11.4
100 3 (qf) Lorraine Ugen FR TCU 11.34
800 4 (h) Ejiroghene Okoro JR Iowa State 02:10.0
800 7 (h) Josephine Moultrie JR New Mexico 02:10.8
1500 10 (h) Imogen Ainsworth JR New Mexico 04:37.5
10000 4 (sf) Sarah Waldron SR New Mexico 33:54.6
3000SC 4 (qf) Ruth Senior SR New Mexico 10:21.6
100MH 5 (h) Mairead Murphy SR Kansas State 13.65
100MH 7 (sf) Mairead Murphy SR Kansas State 13.82
400MH 5 (h) Eseroghene Okoro JR Iowa State 58.10
400MH 5 (sf) Eseroghene Okoro JR Iowa State 58.10
LJ 8 Lorraine Ugen FR TCU 6.44m
1500 12 (h) David Forrester JR Florida State 4.09.77
1500 3 (h) Rich Peters SO Boston U. 3.46.77
1500 1 (qf) Rich Peters SO Boston U. 3.48.36
1500 10 (h) Gary Bradbury SR Alabama 3.51.47
1500 8 (h) Kevin Cooper JR Brown 3.50.17
1500 7 (h) Marcus Bridger-Wilkinson SO Belmont 3.47.73
1500 11 (qf) Marcus Bridger-Wilkinson SO Belmont 3.52.47
1500 3 (h) Tom Curr FR Butler 3.46.14
1500 10 (qf) Tom Curr FR Butler 3.48.24
1500 12 (h) John VanDeventer SR Yale 3.56.41
5000 4 (sf) Mitch Goose SR Iona 14.17.74
5000 12 (sf) Breandan O’Neill SR Florida State 14.28.81
5000 3 (sf) David Rooney JR McNeese State 14.17.69
5000 13 (sf) Jake Byrne FR Iona 14.33.02
5000 15 (sf) Lee Carey JR Providence 14.39.35
5000 DNF (sf) Craig Murphy JR Iona
400MH 3 (h) Toby Ulm SR Georgetown 51.54
400MH 5 (qf) Toby Ulm SR Georgetown 50.89
100 3 (h) James Alaka JR Washington 10.34
100 2 (qf) James Alaka JR Washington 10.22
200 1 (h) James Alaka JR Washington 20.81
200 3 (qf) James Alaka JR Washington 20.61
800 5 (h) Anthony Lieghio JR Arkansas 01:49.8
800 7 (qf) Anthony Lieghio JR Arkansas 01:53.5
1500 1 (h) Chris O’Hare JR Tulsa 03:51.2
1500 3 (qf) Chris O’Hare JR Tulsa 03:46.4
1500 3 (h) Sam Evans SO New Mexico 03:54.9
1500 4 (h) Sam Evans SO New Mexico DNF
1500 10 (h) Tom Marshall SR Tulsa 04:02.6
1500 11 (h) Sam Stabler FR Lamar 04:04.4
3000SC 2 (h) Tom Wade SR Lamar 08:54.9
3000SC 14 (h) David Flynn JR Arkansas 09:22.6
3000SC 3 (h) Tomas Cotter JR Wichita state 08:52.4
3000SC 3 (h) Joe Wade SR Lamar 08:58.5
3000SC 11 (h) Matthew Graham SR DePaul 09:09.4
HT 4 (qf) Nick Miller FR Oklahoma State 64.52m
HT 22 (qf) Killian Barry FR Texas Tech 58.52m

 

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