The University of Northern Iowa track & field teams will be sending 17 athletes to the NCAA West Preliminary Rounds in a total of 13 events, according to the list of accepted entries released by the NCAA today. This marks the largest group of NCAA qualifiers for UNI since the transition to the new championships format in 2010.
This year's West Preliminary Rounds will be held in Austin, Texas, on May 24-26.
UNI's qualifiers on the men's side include Justin Romero (shot put), Jordan Williams (discus, shot put), Tanner Hurt (hammer throw), Sam Kranz (pole vault), Daniel Gooris (pole vault), Aaron Stockstell (800m), Justin Baker (shot put), Jarred Herring (100m), Adam McDonnell (javelin, hammer throw), Sebastian Barth (110m hurdles), and the 4x100m relay team of Carlos Anderson, Derek Kramer, Wilmot Wellington and Herring.
On the women's side, UNI will be represented by Olimpia Nowak (100m hurdles, 400m hurdles), Traci Harms (hammer throw), Jenna Wexter (pole vault) and Paige Knodle (100m hurdles).
In addition, Nowak and Gooris have locked up spots in the heptathlon and decathlon, respectively, at the NCAA Outdoor Championships being held in Des Moines, Iowa, from June 6-9. The multi-events do not compete at the Preliminary Rounds, instead advancing the top 24 scores in the nation directly to the Outdoor Championships. Nowak holds the 10th-best mark in the nation heading into the Outdoor Championships, and Gooris ranks 15th in the country.
For each individual event contested at each of the Championship Preliminary Round sites, the top 48 declared student-athletes are accepted into the competition. For each relay event, the top 24 declared relay teams are accepted.
Qualifying to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships is accomplished through performance in the Preliminary Round competition at each site. Twelve competitors from each individual event and a minimum of eight teams from each relay event advance from each Preliminary Round site to the Final Championship Meet.
Jacksonville, Fla., and Austin, Texas, will host the 2012 NCAA Division I Track and Field East and West Preliminary Rounds, respectively. Both sites will host competition May 24-26. The 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be held June 6-9 at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa.
Athlete Event West Region Ranking
Olimpia Nowak Heptathlon 10 (national rank)
Justin Romero Shot Put 10
Jordan Williams Discus 11
Jordan Williams Shot Put 14
Tanner Hurt Hammer Throw 14
Daniel Gooris Decathlon 15 (national rank)
UNI 4x100m Relay 16
Sam Kranz Pole Vault 23
Olimpia Nowak 400m Hurdles 25
Olimpia Nowak 100m Hurdles 27
Daniel Gooris Pole Vault 31
Aaron Stockstell 800m 32
Jarred Herring 100m 33
Adam McDonnell Javelin 34
Sebastian Barth 110m Hurdles 34
Traci Harms Hammer Throw 36
Justin Baker Shot Put 36
Adam McDonnell Hammer Throw 38
Paige Knodle 400m Hurdles 38
Jenna Wexter Pole Vault 42