AUSTIN, Texas – Senior Jordan Williams punched his ticket to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Ore., today after placing in the top 12 of the discus competition at the 2013 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary Round.
“Any day you send an athlete to the final round of the NCAA championships is a good day,” head coach Dan Steele said. “Jordan proved once again he is one of the best discus throwers in America.”
Williams placed eighth during the preliminary round to qualify for the finals with a throw of 181-11. In the finals, Williams placed himself 11th and grabbed his ticket to Eugene with his second attempt and a throw of 184-10.
Derek Kramer, the 2012 Missouri Valley Conference 100m champion, ran in his first solo appearance of his career at the NCAA West Preliminary Round, competing in the 100 meter dash preliminary race. Kramer came away with a solid time of 10.54, but was unable to qualify for the quarterfinal race.
“Even though Derek didn’t advance, he ran a very good race,” Steele said. “Derek had a terrific 2013 season. ”
The Panthers will return to action tomorrow when Jenna Wexter kicks off day two with the women’s pole vault competition at 1 p.m. Wexter will be joined by Williams and Adam McDonnell in the hammer throw, Justin Baker in the shot put and Paige Knodle and Sebastian Barth in the hurdles.