Ashley Hearn, Jonathan Tipton and Kim Conley will each compete in Eugene, Ore.
A two-time NCAA regional finalist and 2009 USATF qualifier for Sam Houston State, Jonathan Tipton joined the UC Davis coaching staff in the fall of 2011.
As a senior, the Wichita Falls, Texas native became the third Bearkat to capture a region championship. He fired a mark of 58.60 meters (192-3) in the discus throw at the Midwest Regional to advance to the NCAA Championships. Tipton also placed ninth at the USATF Championships in that event, captured a Southland Conference title, and set a school record of 59.90m (196-6).
Tipton had previously qualified for the region meet as a sophomore (javelin) and junior (discus). He reached the final flight in 2008, placing seventh with a 170-1 effort. Tipton also competed indoors, posting a weight throw PR of 53-1.75 in a meet at Texas A&M.
Tipton served two years as an assistant to David Self on the SHSU coaching staff while continuing graduate studies. Under his tutelage, Christina Webb captured All-Southland Conference honors in the shot put and set a Bearkat benchmark in the discus. On the men's side, Tipton's former teammate Chris Cralle captured All-America honors as a hammer thrower whiel Preston Sanders and Jacob Schultz qualified for the NCAA prelims in the shut put.
Tipton earned both his bachelor's and master's degrees in kinesiology from SHSU.