MINNEAPOLIS – Eighteen individuals from the University of Minnesota women's track & field team are among the declared competitors for the 2017 NCAA West Prelim hosted by the University of Texas at Mike A. Myers Stadium in Austin, Texas, May 25-27. The 18 Gophers have secured 22 entries in 11 different events at the NCAA West Prelim.
The qualifiers out of the East and West preliminary meets will advance to the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships held June 7-10 in Eugene, Ore.
At the NCAA West Prelim, Minnesota's 18 representatives will compete in 11 different events with four Gophers competing in two events. For the second-straight year, Agnes Esser and Angie Guenther will both compete in both the hammer throw and the discus and Emma Spagnola is a qualifier in both the 100m hurdles and the 400m hurdles. Kiley Sabin is set to compete in both the shot put and the discus as well.
Guenther leads the Gophers as a four-time NCAA West Prelim qualifier while Emerald Egwim, Esser, and Spagnola are all making their third-straight NCAA preliminary round appearances.
The East Preliminary and West Preliminary meets are scheduled for May 25-27 with the West Prelim in Austin, Texas, and the East Prelim in Lexington, Ky. The top 12 individual competitors and top 12 relay teams from each preliminary round site advance to the NCAA national championship.
Tickets for the 2017 NCAA West Prelim are now on sale with all-meet tickets priced at $35 for adults, $25 for college students, youth, and seniors. Single-day tickets are priced at $15 for adults and $10 for college students, youth, and seniors and will be on sale on Sunday, May 28. All seats are general admission. Tickets may be purchased online at TexasSports.com or by calling (512) 471-3333.
The individual event student-athletes and relay teams accepted into the NCAA Championships based on their performance at preliminary round competition will be announced and posted on NCAA.com the week prior to the national meet.
2017 Gopher NCAA West Preliminary Competitors
Emerald Egwim**, 400m
Agnes Esser**, discus, hammer throw
Cami Gilson*, pole vault
Kimberly Golding*, 100m hurdles
Angie Guenther***, discus, hammer throw
Nina Horvath, hammer throw
Erin Huls, 400m hurdles
Bailey Ness, 10,000m
Shay Nielsen, shot put
Temi Ogunrinde, hammer throw
Kiley Sabin*, shot put, discus
Rachel Schow, 400m hurdles
Lindsey Smits, 400m hurdles
Emma Spagnola**, 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles
Madeline Strandemo*, 3,000m steeplechase
Heta Tuuri*, high jump
Taylor Wiebke, high jump
Shanique Wright*, triple jump
* Indicates number of previous years appearing at the NCAA West Prelim.
2017 Gopher NCAA West Preliminary Competitors by Event
100m Hurdles: Golding, Spagnola
400m Hurdles: Spagnola, Schow, Huls, Smits
3,000m Steeplechase: Strandemo
High Jump: Tuuri, Wiebke
Pole Vault: Gilson
Triple Jump: Wright
Shot Put: Sabin, Nielsen
Discus: Esser, Sabin, Guenther
Hammer Throw: Esser, Ogunrinde, Horvath, Guenther
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