LARAMIE, Wyo. (May 22, 2014) – Fourteen University of Wyoming track and field members have qualified to compete in the NCAA West Preliminary on May 29-31 in Fayetteville, Ark., the governing body announced Thursday.
The eight Cowboy and six Cowgirl contenders tie the program’s highest total ever, as Wyoming sent the same number in 2012.
To reach the NCAA’s East or West Preliminary meet, an athlete must be ranked in the region’s top 48 of his/her event. From there, the top 12 finishers in each event at the two regional meets will receive an invitation to the NCAA Championships on June 11-14 in Eugene, Ore.
Senior Taylor Gardner is the top Cowgirl at 13th in the 400-meter hurdles in 58.14. She also qualified in the event last season.
Wyoming has advanced just one student-athlete past the preliminary round in the four years of the current qualifying system, as Jeremiah James made the NCAA Championships in the triple jump in 2010.