BYU athletes advance to 2017 NCAA Track and Field West Preliminaries


With conference meets in the books, next on the slate for collegiate track & field athletes will be qualifying rounds for the NCAA National Championships.

After preliminaries, the championships will take place in Eugene, Oregon, beginning on June 7.

Last year's runner up in the 100m hurdles, Tobi Amusan (12.67) will compete in the 100m hurdles on Friday at 3:30 p.m.She goes in ranked second in the west region.

Distance runners Claire Borchers, Gina Sereno, Jaimie Phelan, Jamie Morrissey, Sarah Zieve and Haley Meier; high jumper Claire Kieffer-Wright; sprinter Jade Harrison; and thrower Courtney Jacobsen earned bids to Lexington by virtue of ranking among the top 48 athletes who declared for the postseason in their respective events. Cleirigh Buttner has run the 800 meters at the NCAA East Preliminary in each of the last two seasons and qualified for the NCAA Championships last season. The University of Kentucky will host the meet May 25-27. The top 24 marks automatically advance to the NCAA Championships.

Ortiz will make her third appearance at a regional meet following a school-record breaking performance in Houston that earned her a silver medal in the javelin.

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BYU has a strong line-up in the 3000-meter steeplechase.

Phelan is in search of first team All-America honors at 1,500 meters for the second consecutive season after an eighth-place finish at NCAAs a year ago. She now holds the school record in the 100m hurdles on a quick time of 13.37 and broke a conference meet record last weekend in the 400m hurdles, finishing in just 57.82.

On the men's side, the Blue Devils will be represented by seniors Dylan Murphy (800m) and Connor Hall (pole vault) and sophomores Rivers Ridout (high jump), Jeremy McDuffie (triple jump) and Nicholas Solfanelli (javelin).

On the men's side, Jonah Koech (3:41.22) and Cosmas Boit (3:45.97) will take part in the 1,500m run on Thursday at 5:00 p.m. Asa Guevara (46.92) will race in the 400m at 6:45 p.m. Borchers was the Big Ten runner-up in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.