CULLOWHEE, N.C. - Both the Western Carolina men's and women's track and field teams will have representation at the 2016 NCAA East Preliminary Round, which will be contested Thursday through Saturday, May 26-28 at Hodges Stadium in Jacksonville, Fla.
The women qualified two individuals while the men are sending one.
Senior Tayla Carter earned her fourth-straight trip to the NCAA Preliminary Round (formerly known as the NCAA First and Second Rounds) in the 100m. Carter goes into the 2016 meet as the 30th ranked sprinter in the 100m with her time of 11.48 which she achieved at the Charlotte 49er Classic earlier this season.
Junior Hailey Cook makes her second-straight appearance at the NCAA Preliminary Round in the shot put as she once again set a school record in route to the selection. Her toss of 15.41m (50-06.75) at the WCU Invitational earned her the 31st spot at the event, a jump of 11 spots from last season.
The final Catamount to earn a spot in postseason action is newcomer Tyrie Adams. Despite competing just three times this outdoor season, the freshman will make his way to Jacksonville as the 30th-ranked high jumper after he nearly broke the school record with a leap of 2.14m (7-00.25) at the Catamount Classic.
Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., will host the 2016 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships from June 8-11. The top-12 finishers in each event at the NCAA East Preliminary Round will advance to compete in the event. They will be joined in Eugene by 12 qualifiers per event from the NCAA West Preliminary Round, which takes place in Lawrence, Kan.