Aggie NCAA prelim squad heads to Austin

May 24, 2017


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DAVIS, Calif. - Almost two weeks after the conclusion of the Big West Conference track & field championships, the 15-athlete contingent from UC Davis men's and women's track & field heads to the University of Texas for the three-day West Prelim portion of the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The prelims take place at Mike A. Myers Stadium on Thursday through Saturday, May 25-27.


The Aggie men have four individual qualifiers while the women have seven competitors plus a relay squad. A day-by-day, event-by-event summary of the UC Davis delegation is listed below. All times are CDT.


THURSDAY, MAY 25
Women's Hammer First Round (11 a.m.) - Senior Michaela Mundt, who goes eighth in the first flight of the event, ranks 38th among the 48 declarations due to her throw of 58.73-meter (192 feet, 8 inches) at the Beach Invitational on April 14. She ranks second in school history in that event, behind only Chid Onyewuenyi, who went 58.96 back in 2011. Mundt won four meets this season, then finished third (57.82m/189-8) at the Big West championship. The top 12 placers, with no ties, will advance to the national meet.


Women's 400 Hurdles First Round (4:30 p.m.) - Junior Emma Redick enjoyed an impressive feat by scoring an eighth-place 4,581 points in the Big West heptathlon despite never having competed in a field event. She makes her third NCAA postseason appearance in her favorite event, in which she ranks third in school history with a 59.17 at last year's Brutus Hamilton meet. Redick won four straight meets to begin the outdoor season, with a season-best 1:00.24 at the UNLV Invite in that stretch. The top three finishers from each first-round heat plus the next six at large will advance to Friday's quarterfinals. Redick will run in Heat 4, Lane 5 on Thursday.


Women's 800 Meters First Round (8:10 p.m.) - Assigned to Heat 6, Lane 4 is senior Rianna Goins, one of three triplets in the current Aggie track & field program, and the winner of the Female Individual Performance of the Year award at Sunday's Gunrock Gala awards event. She made history earlier this year by qualifying for the USATF Indoor Championships in the 600, then successfully defended her Big West 800 title back on May 13. Goins is the school's No. 3 all-time leader in the 800, behind two NCAA finalists: Raquel Lambdin (1,500 in 2015 and 2016) and Lauren Wallace (800 in 2013). The top three in each heat and next six overall move on to the Friday quarterfinal event.


Men's 800 Meters First Round (8:35 p.m.) - Although he only raced four times in 2017, senior Alex Grigoriev made his mark in program history by becoming just the fourth Aggie in history to eclipse the 1:50 threshold, which he did to win the Hornet Invitational (1:49.31) back on March 18. He is assigned to Heat 4, Lane 7 of the event. Grigoriev's announced his prowess in the 800 in his collegiate debut, when he ran a 1:50.33 at the 2014 Cal Opener. The top three finishers in each heat plus the next best six overall will compete in Friday's quarterfinal.


FRIDAY, MAY 26
Women's Discus First Round (Noon) - One of two women's events with multiple Aggies, the meet's 38th event features seniors Morgan Dutra and Breanna Standifer throwing back-to-back in the first flight. Dutra posted huge PRs at the Big West championship, including a 51.37m (168-6) in the discus, which puts her fourth in school history. She also joins 2012 All-American and Olympic Trials qualifier Ashley Hearn as the only two women to rank in the school's top 10 in the shot, discus and hammer throws. Standifer became the fourth woman to surpass the 50-meter barrier in the disc, with her winning 51.62m (169-4) at the Causeway Classic dual putting her third in UC Davis history. Her 2017 season also includes throws of 49.30m (Mondo Classic) and 49.47m (Big West). The top 12 placers will earn tickets to Eugene.


Women's High Jump First Round (4:30 p.m.) - Another event with two UC Davis entrants features sophomore Erinn Beattie and junior Morgan Bertsch up 14th and 16th in the second flight. Beattie tied Katie Barber's 2015 school record of 1.76m (5-9.25) at the Hornet Invite, saw Bertsch surpass it with a 1.78m (5-10) at the Brutus Hamilton Challenge, then reclaimed the benchmark outright with her Big West-winning 1.80m (5-10.75) two weeks later. Bertsch makes her second national postseason appearance -- of the year. An All-Big West performer in basketball, she scored 520 points to help propel the Aggies three rounds into the WNIT, the joined the track team during the spring quarter. In just her third meet of the year, Bertsch went 1.78m to win the Causeway Classic dual and briefly take over the top spot in the school record book. The high jump features a "five-alive" format until fewer than nine competitors remain at a given height. The top 12 overall placers, with a jump-off to get to 12, move on to the NCAA Finals.


Women's 800 Quarterfinals (6:30 p.m.) - A total of 24 runners will compete in three quarterfinal races. The top three from each plus the next best three at large will advance to Eugene, Oregon. The top overall seed in the West is Oregon's Raevyn Rogers, who ran a 1:59.10 at the Mt. SAC Relays in mid-April.


Men's 800 Quarterfinals (6:45 p.m.) - Same as the women's 800: 24 runners, three plus three move on to the finals. UTEP's Emmanuel Korir leads the field with his 1:43.73 at the Brutus Hamilton meet.


Women's 400 Hurdles Quarterfinals (7 p.m.) - Similar to the two 800s: 24 runners, three plus three move on to the finals. Arizona's Sage Watson leads three women in the West region who have broken the 56-second barrier.


SATURDAY, MAY 27
Men's Triple Jump First Round (3 p.m.) - The lone men's event with two UC Davis entrants sees sophomore Drew Xandrine-Anderson and senior Basil Okoroike jumping fourth and sixth in Flight 3. The two jumpers rank second and third in school history in the event, with only NCAA Division II champ and Philadelphia Eagles draft pick Anthony Terry above them (16.06m/52-8.25). Okoroike was the first of the two to beat the 50-foot barrier with his 15.26m (50-0.75) at the Aggie Open. Xandrine-Anderson had a wind-aided mark at Cal but hit the half-century threshold with a wind legal mark at the Hornet Invite. The two enjoyed an epic battle with Sacramento State's Darius Armstead to close out the Causeway Classic dual on April 21, resulting in a 15.62m (51-3) for Okoroike and a 15.74m (51-7.75) for Xandrine-Anderson. Okoroike went on to beat that mark with a 15.72m (51-7) to win the Big West title. This is the third West Prelim trip to Okoroike and the second for Xandrine-Anderson. The top 12 finishers will move on to the finals at Oregon.


Men's High Jump (6 p.m.) - Despite a preseason injury delaying the start to his 207 season, sophomore decathlete Kyle Clancy defended his Big West Conference title in this event with a season-best 2.12m (6-11.5) effort. He became the third Aggie to clear the 7-foot barrier, along with Jah Bennett (2007) and Steve Link (1980), posting a 2.14m (7-0.25) at Sacramento State's Mondo Invitational as a sophomore. Clancy has led the Aggies in scoring at the Big West championships in each of his first two seasons: he scored 20 of the team's 113 points in 2016, then added 19 (not counting his share of the 4x100 relay) of the Aggies' 80 points in 2017. See the women's high jump entry above for advancement rules.


Women's 4x100 Relay (6 p.m.) - The foursome of sophomore Mikaela Adolphus, junior Jazmen Bunch, freshman Kierra Davis and sophomore Natsumi McGee delivered the school's first Big West championship in the 4x100 by a mere two-hundredths of a second. Indeed, their 44.81 edged runner-up CSUN's 44.83 and moved up to No. 2 in the school record book. As one would guess, each of the four members find their name scattered across the Aggie track & field record book, with all four appearing in the 200 top 10 list. Adolphus ranks third all-time in the 400, seventh in the 200. Bunch, a transfer from San Diego State, sits fifth in the 100 and fourth in the 200. Davis, the Big West Conference Freshman of the Year and the school's overall Female Newcomer of the Year, ranks fourth in the 100 and third in the 200. McGee twice ran an 11.70 in the 100 to hold third in Aggie annals, while her 23.94 puts her fifth. The top three relay squads from each heat plus the next three overall will advance to the finals. UC Davis is assigned to Lane 8 of Heat 3.


A more detailed postseason press guide for the 15 UC Davis entries can be found in the links above, as our links to live results via Prime Time Timing and streaming video via TexasSports.com. Oregon will host the NCAA Finals at its legendary Hayward Field from June 7-10.