NCAA Regional Preview - West in Doubt - USA Athletics Scholarships

NCAA Regional Preview – West in Doubt


We have covered how Regionals work here. Here’s our run-down of the qualifiers.

The West

The West Region this year has contributed 28 athletes competing in 31 events.

The West Preliminary Round is being hosted at University of Texas, a venue that has proved troubling for many a distance runner in the past. The humidity and heat of Austin will play a critical factor and play into the hands of the South and Mid-West based athletes. Temperatures are to set to be around 28-30 degrees celsius. Combined with 75% humidity, a 10,000 doesn’t seem so much fun. HOWEVER, recent storms in Southern US have nearly put the meet under threat.

The men have qualified in greater numbers and greater depth than their female counterparts. 17 men have qualified in 20 events, ranking in an average position of 16th. Michael Ward, Allan Hamilton and Nicholas Percy are all set to double.

On the women’s side, 10 athletes have qualified but with an average ranking of 27th.

Jax Thoirs – 1st, Washington

The Scottish athlete improved his own national record to 5.65 with the win at the PAC-12 Conference Champs last month. He goes into the West Regional meet ranked 1st in the region and 3= in the nation. He will be hoping to qualify easily and better his 13= from last year’s national meet.

Marc Scott – 2nd, Tulsa

Scott has continued his great PB form into the outdoor season and lies 2nd in the region, and 3rd nationally over the 25 lap event. The Tulsa athlete has rewritten their/our record books this season, but has opted to compete in the longer event despite having qualified for both 5000 and 10000. It seems the logical decision. He sits behind BYU 25 year old, Jason Witt, whose sub 28:00 run put him top of West Region.

Sam Stabler – 2nd, Lamar

Every year we attempt to hold up an example of what the NCAA can do for an athlete. Sam Stabler has been ‘it’ for the last 4 seasons. His 13:30 at Stanford ranks him second in the nation behind Arkansas’ Kemoy Campbell (13:20). 3:42 and 7:53 marks over 1500 and 3000 also this season.

Ranking Event Name Year School Mark
15 200 Sam Watts JR TCU 20.68
7 400 George Caddick SO Baylor 45.9
16 800 Harry Fisher SR Wyoming 1:48.34
27 800 Thomas Atkinson SR Wyoming 1:49.11
25 1500 Matthew Fayers SO Okla State 3:43.71
37 1500 Michael Ward FR Bradley 3:44.56
2 5000 Sam Stabler SR Lamar 13:30.50
22 5000 Michael Vennard FR Boise State 13:51.86
28 5000 Matthew Bergin JR New Mexico 13:54.31
41 5000 Michael Ward FR Bradley 13:58.21
2 10000 Marc Scott SO Tulsa 28:30.33
9 LJ Allan Hamilton JR New Mexico 7.78m
10 LJ James McLachlan SR Loyola (Ill.) 7.77m
1 PV Jax Thoirs JR Washington 5.65m
4 TJ Babatunde Amosu SR Iowa 16.15m
5 TJ Jonathan Ilori SR Missouri 16.07m
26 TJ Allan Hamilton JR New Mexico 15.41m
14 Discus Nicholas Percy FR Nebraska 56.91m
20 Hammer Nicholas Percy FR Nebraska 63.31m
8 Javelin Matti Mortimore SO North Dakota State 72.33m
10 400 Montenae Speight SR Texas Tech 52.21
45 400 Ama Pipi FR Oklahoma 54.32
25 800 Kaylee Dodd FR Okla State 2:07.77
19 1500 Verity Ockenden JR Lamar 4:20.67
32 1500 Tamara Armoush SR New Mexico 4:22.85
35 1500 Olivia O’Hare JR Tulsa 4:23.45
16 5000 Bethan Knights FR California 16:05.93
26 3K Steeple Nicola Hood SR New Mexico 10:25.59
39 3K Steeple Nicole Roberts SR New Mexico 10:31.09
42 100mH Holly Pattie-Belleli JR Missouri State 13.67
16 LJ Jahisha Thomas FR Iowa 6.15


The East

The East contributes 32 athletes in 32 events.

Like the West, the East will also take place in challenging conditions in Florida. The men outnumber the women 17 to 13. Here’s a detailed look at the athletes ranked in the top 3 in their respective event.

Kate Avery – 1st, Iona

The 2014 NCAA XC Champion is ranked 2nd in the nation in both the 5000 and 10000m but has opted for the shorter event at Regionals. She has raced lightly outdoors this season but will surely progress comfortably to nationals with little fuss.

Rhianwedd Price – 1st, Miss State

The Welsh athlete tops the East rankings and is 4th nationally. Her time of 4:11 represents a 15 second jump from her pre-NCAA PB. The Mississippi State athlete will be hoping to redeem herself after a DQ at the Indoor Mile this winter.

Rosie Clarke – 2nd, Iona

Only second regionally behind Price in the 1500m, Clarke is fresh off her first senior vest from European indoors. Continuing the rich form of the female Iona athletes.

Ranking Event Name Class School Mark
32 400 David Lagerberg JR Boston 46.9
9 1500 Sean Tobin SO Ole Miss 3:42.17
21 1500 Marcus Bridger-Wilkinson SR Belmont 3:44.06
22 1500 Neil Gourley SO Virginia Tech 3:44.27
23 1500 Harvey Dixon JR Providence 3:44.31
32 1500 Robbie Farnham-Rose SO Alabama 3:44.72
3 3000m SC Zak Seddon JR Florida State 8:36.55
4 5000 Rich Peters SR Boston 13:46.06
20 5000 Tom Purnell JR Harvard 14:01.81
38 5000 Jack Goodwin JR Florida State 14:08.24
40 5000 Shane Quinn JR Providence 14:08.99
4 TJ Ben Williams SO Louisville 16.38
39 TJ Adam Walker-Khan SO LIU Brooklyn 15.35
46 TJ Jimi Tele JR George Mason 15.25
11 HT Dempsey McGuigan SO Mississippi 66.9
22 TJ Nana Owusu-Nyantekyi SR Princeton 15.65m
42 TJ Efe Uwaifo SO Harvard 15.3
Ranking Event Name Class School Performance
15 800 Molly Renfer SR Harvard 4:19.79
18 800 Siofra Cleirigh Buttner FR Villanova 2:05.66
28 800 Rosie Chamberlin FR UCF 2:06.38
30 800 Chelsea Jarvis FR Florida State 2:06.46
1 1500 Rhianwedd Price SO Mississippi State 4:11.67
2 1500 Rosie Clarke JR Iona 4:12.10
11 1500 Georgia Peel JR Florida State 4:16.97
12 1500 Olivia Sadler JR Columbia 4:18.36
1 5000 Kate Avery JR Iona 15:25.63
6 3000 SC Elizabeth Bird SO Princeton 9:58.33
19 3000 SC Pippa Woolven SR Florida State 10:10.17
19 HT Emma O’Hara SO Saint Francis 59.79
29 DT Phoebe Dawson JR South Alabama 50.77
4 JT Freya Jones JR Georgia 53.87
15 JT Kikie Oniwinde JR Florida 48.78



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