INDIANAPOLIS – Six Cowgirls and five Cowboys have advanced to the NCAA West Preliminary Round to compete for a trip to the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, the NCAA announced Thursday. The top 48 individuals in the West Region for each event advanced to the preliminary round, which will be held May 25-27 in Austin, Texas at Mike A. Myers Stadium. Jerayah Davis will be the lone Wyoming athlete to compete in multiple events, as she will suit up in the women’s 100 meters and 200 meters for the Brown and Gold.
Davis advances to the regional meet for the first time in her young career, qualifying as the No. 21 athlete in the West Region for the women’s 100 meters with her school record time of 11.42. She enters regional competition ranked No. 48 in the 200 meters with an altitude-adjusted time of 23.70.
Scott Carter is Wyoming’s highest-ranked athlete in the West Region. His mark of 53 feet, 4.25 inches in the triple jump is good for eighth in the West and first among athletes outside the Power Five conferences. Carter’s trip to Austin will mark his third career appearance at the NCAA West Preliminary Round.
Jordan Charles will compete in the men’s 110-meter hurdles at the regional meet for the fourth time in four outdoor seasons at Wyoming. With an altitude-adjusted time of 13.92 seconds at the Jerry Quiller Classic, Charles is ranked 19th among his fellow competitors at the regional level. Last outdoor season, Charles was one spot shy of advancing from the preliminary round to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Multiple Cowboys also qualified in the men’s 800 meters, with the dynamic duo of Ricky Faure and Bryce Ailshie each advancing to the regional competition. Faure is ranked 12th in the West with a time of 1:47.93, while Ailshie’s time of 1:49.46 is 30th. Faure and Ailshie will each make their second career appearance in the 800 meters at the NCAA West Preliminary Round.
Damon Unland will compete in the hammer throw in his first trip to the NCAA West Prelims, entering the meet ranked 46th with a mark of 198 feet even. Emelda Malm-Annan advances to regionals for the first time in her career on the women’s side of the hammer throw, as she is currently ranked 28th with a toss of 197-2.
Senior Audra DeStefano is the highest-ranked athlete in the West Region for the Cowgirls, heading to Austin ranked No. 21 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:18.38. She has qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary Round in the steeplechase during all four of her outdoor seasons, finishing as high as 20th in 2015. In 2016, she was not able to compete at the regional meet due to an injury.
Wyoming also qualified two athletes in the women’s 800 meters, with Cassidy Meade (2:08.12, 34th) and Kerry White (2:08.38, 36th) each advancing to compete in Austin. Meade will compete in the NCAA West Preliminary Round for the first time in her career, while White’s qualification is the second of her career in the 800 meters.
Senior Megan Brunette qualified for the Cowgirls in the women’s 10,000 meters with the No. 46 time in the West at 34:48.85. Brunette’s qualification to the NCAA prelims is the first of her career.
The top 12 individual finishers in each event at the NCAA West Preliminary Round will advance to the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which will take place June 7-10 in Eugene, Ore., at famous Hayward Field. Stay tuned to GoWyo.com and @wyo_track on Twitter in the coming days for information about how to follow the Pokes in Austin.
Wyoming’s NCAA West Preliminary Qualifiers
Bryce Ailshie – 800 Meters (1:49.46, 30th)
Scott Carter – Triple Jump (53-4.25, 8th)
Jordan Charles – 110-Meter Hurdles (13.92, 19th)
Ricky Faure – 800 Meters (1:47.93, 12th)
Damon Unland – Hammer Throw (198-0, 46th)
Megan Brunette – 10,000 Meters (34:48.85, 46th)
Jerayah Davis – 100 Meters (11.42, 24th)
Jerayah Davis – 200 Meters (23.70, 48th)
Audra DeStefano – 3,000-Meter Steeplechase (10:18.38, 21st)
Emelda Malm-Annan – Hammer Throw (197-2, 28th)
Cassidy Meade – 800 Meters (2:08.12, 34th)
Kerry White – 800 Meters (2:08.38, 36th)