‘U’ to Compete in 10 Events at NCAA Prelims
May 17, 2018

Preliminary Schedule | Accepted Entries

MINNEAPOLIS – The University of Minnesota men’s track & field program is set to compete in 10 events at the 2018 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field West Preliminary later this month in Sacramento, Calif. Participants for the competition were announced on Thursday afternoon by the NCAA.

Outdoor All-Americans Obsa Ali and Jackson Wellenstein lead the Maroon & Gold into competition with the action slated to run May 24-26 at Sacramento State’s Hornet Stadium. The top-12 finishers in each event will advance to the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships next month in Eugene, Ore.

Ali, a Second Team All-American last year in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, is coming off a win in the event last week at the Big Ten championships for his first-career conference title. A three-time All-American, Wellenstein returns to 4x400 meter field along with Jonathan Webb, Matthew Baker and Ben Psicihulis after the group earned Second Team All-America honors during the indoor season. Webb and Wellenstein will also compete individually in the 400 meters in addition to the relay. Indoor All-Americans Derek Wiebke and Shane Streich will both compete in the 1,500 meters while two-time indoor All-American Ryan Lockard looks for his first outdoor accolade in the high jump.

In addition to the returning veterans for Minnesota, several competitors will get their first taste of outdoor NCAA action this weekend as Baker, Psicihulis, Mason Roomes (long jump), Sammie Houston (triple jump), Kieran McKeag (hammer throw), Jon Nerdal (hammer throw), Jonathan Tharaldsen (shot put), Dawson LaRance (800 meters), Chris Trotter (800 meters) make their first appearance at the NCAA prelims.

Golden Gopher Qualifiers By Event
400 Meters: Jonathan Webb, Jackson Wellenstein
800 Meters: Dawson LaRance, Chris Trotter
1,500 Meters: Derek Wiebke, Shane Streich
3,000 Meter Steeplechase: Obsa Ali, Alec Basten
4x400 Meter Relay: Jonathan Webb, Matthew Baker, Ben Psicihulis, Jackson Wellenstein
High Jump: Ryan Lockard
Long Jump: Mason Roomes
Triple Jump: Sammie Houston
Shot Put: Jonathan Tharaldsen
Hammer Throw: Kieran McKeag, Jon Nerdal

 

 

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