May 24, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - Battling rainy conditions, senior Brandon Douglass advanced to Saturday's 110-meter hurdles quarterfinals after a strong preliminary run Friday evening at the NCAA Track and Field West Preliminary in Austin, Texas.
The Casper, Wyo., native placed third in his heat and 13th overall in 14.16 seconds to make the cut. The top three finishers of six heats plus the next six best times advanced to the quarterfinals round, which is set for Saturday at 6:20 p.m. MT. Douglass entered the race as a No. 19 seed and ranked 49th in the nation.
"It was a great effort on Brandon's part to do what he had to in order to advance," said Wyoming coach Bryan Berryhill. "Despite the poor weather, he stepped up and had a great performance."
After a rain and lightning delay that lasted nearly four hours, the men's hammer throw was moved to Saturday morning at 9 a.m. MT when senior Joe Plante enters the field as the No. 25 seed. He tied for 17th in the discus Thursday, narrowly missing the cut for a top-12 finish to advance to the finals.
Sophomore Colin Herold also ran the 110-meter hurdles Friday evening, placing 47th in 15 seconds after entering as the No. 43 seed. In the women's 100-meter hurdles preliminary, junior Jenna Mann finished 37th in the field with a time of 14.27. She entered the race as a No. 41 seed in the west.
"The weather didn't help anyone today, but I thought Colin and Jenna went out and competed and fought hard, but just came up a bit short," Berryhill said.
Other Wyoming participants Saturday include senior Henry Ferreira, who competes in the javelin at 11 a.m. MT, while senior Mollie Dahl will throw the women's shot put at 5 p.m. Ferreira enters the field with a No. 17 seed and ranked 34th nationally, while Dahl has the No. 40 seed heading into the competition.
The top 12 finishers from the field of 48 in each event advance to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships from June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore.
Wyoming's Schedule of Events
Saturday, May 25
9 a.m. ... Men's hammer ... Joe Plante
11 a.m. ... Men's javelin ... Henry Ferreira
5 p.m. ... Women's shot put ... Mollie Dahl
6:20 p.m. ... Men's 110m hurdles Quarterfinal... Brandon Douglass
Wyoming's NCAA Qualifiers
Name - Event - West seed - Qualifying mark (meet)
Paul Thomas - Discus - 12th West (20th nationally) - 189'-10" (Cowpoke Open)
Joe Plante - Discus - 18th West (31st nationally) - 186'-8" (Tom Benich Invite)
Joe Plante - Hammer - 25th West - 201'-2.25" (Cowpoke Open)
Henry Ferreira - Javelin - 17th West (34th nationally) - 224'-0" (MW Championships)
Brandon Douglass - 110m hurdles - 19th West (49th nationally) - 14.01 (Jack Christiansen Invite)
Colin Herold - 110m hurdles - 43rd West - 14.33 (Cowpoke Open)
Lenyn Leonce - Long jump - 47th West - 24'-2.25" (Mt. SAC)
Jenna Mann - 100m hurdles - 41st West - 13.66 (MW Championships)
Diana Long - 400m hurdles - 29th West - 59.34 (MW Championships)
Taylor Gardner - 400m hurdles - 32nd West - 59.41 (MW Championships)
Mollie Dahl - Shot put - 40th West - 51'-2.25" (Jack Christiansen Invite)
Shreese Daniels - Hammer - 45th West - 185'-9.25" (Cowpoke Open)