Pokes Receive Another Invitation to NCAA West Preliminary Round

May 23, 2011

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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Senior Taylor Kelting became Wyoming's 13th track athlete to qualify for the 2011 NCAA West Preliminary Round in Eugene, Ore., which begins Thursday.

The NCAA Championships began last season with a new qualifying structure which takes the top 48 athletes in each event to the preliminary meet. From there, the top 12 qualifiers from each event will receive an invitation to the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, on June 8-11.

When the field seeding was released May 19, Kelting was the 49th-ranked athlete in the region in the 5,000-meter run, less than a second away from qualifying. Because of a scratch in the field over the weekend, he ended up with a spot in the event.

Kelting's invitation means the Cowboy distance squad for UW will be represented by three runners, including junior Greg Miller, who qualified in the 10,000-meter run. Garrett Zans, ranked 27th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, also will run in Eugene.

Here is a breakdown of the NCAA-bound Wyoming athletes and their rankings within the West Region:
Afiya Walker , 16th in the 400-meter run
Candace Wollert , 34th in the 800
Christine Nelson , 32nd in the 5,000
Erin Kirby , 23rd in the 400 hurdles
Diana Long , 34th in the 400 hurdles
4-by-400-meter relay, 19th (includes Kirby, Lindsey Simmons, Wollert and Walker)
Ashley Hutchinson , 43rd in the hammer
Mario Harris , 32nd in the 100; 23rd in the 200
Garrett Zans , 27th in the 3,000 steeple
Greg Miller , 26th in the 10,000
Tyler Skinner , 22nd in the high jump
Lenyn Leonce , 34th in the long jump
Taylor Kelting , 48th in the 5,000 run