CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Both the Western Carolina men's and women's track and field teams will have representation at the 2017 NCAA East Preliminary Round, which will be contested Thursday through Saturday, May 25-27 at the University of Kentucky Outdoor Track & Field Complex in Lexington, Ky.
The women qualified three individuals while the men are sending two.
Senior Hailey Cook makes her third-straight appearance at the NCAA Preliminary Round as she once again will compete in the shot put. Her toss of 15.31m (50-02.75) at the WCU Invitational earned her the 43rd spot at the event.
WCU track & field newcomer and current member of the WCU football team junior Keion Crossen is WCU’s top qualifier as he enters as the 30th ranked sprinter in the 100m. His school record time of 10.33, which he ran in the prelims at the 2017 Southern Conference Championship, puts him among the top runners in the country.
Senior Chenell Bryan and freshman Jazmine Gooden will be making their first trip to the NCAA East Preliminary Round as they both have qualified in the women’s long jump. Bryan and Gooden each posted their best leaps at the 2017 Southern Conference Championships. Bryan will enter as the 38th ranked athlete with a mark of 6.13m (20-01.50) while Gooden comes in at 42nd with a jump of 6.12m (20-01.00).
The final Catamount qualifier is junior Dakota Lamont who will also be making his first trip to the NCAA competition. Lamont qualified 44th in the 400m after circling the track in 47.12 at the Beynon Sports Surfaces Catamount Classic.
Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., will once again serve as host for the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships from June 7-10. The top-12 finishers in each event at the NCAA East Preliminary Round will advance to compete in Eugene. They will be joined by 12 qualifiers per event from the NCAA West Preliminary Round, which takes place in Austin, Texas.