JONESBORO — A school-record 18 athletes will represent the Arkansas State track and field teams at the NCAA West Region Prelims, scheduled May 26-29 at E.B. Cushing Stadium in College Station, Texas.
The 18 athletes comprise entries in 17 events at the four-day event. This is the sixth straight season the Red Wolves will have entrants in 14 or more events and exceeds the previous ASU record of 16 set in 2019.
Athletes who rank among the top 48 in their respective events earn bids into the NCAA West Preliminary Round, with others added due to scratches among the initial top 48. The top 12 individuals in each event at both the East and West prelims advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, held June 9-12 in Eugene, Oregon.
Jermie Walker notched a personal-best performance at the Sun Belt championships and is set to compete in the 200 meters. Ke’Von Holder ran 13.90 at the conference championships, moving him to 30th in the west, while Daidren Davis owns a qualifying mark of 51.90 to make the field in the 400 hurdles.
Freshman Rainee Bowers is set to continue her rookie outdoor season, competing in the 100 hurdles with her qualifying mark of 13.55.
Sun Belt champion Bennett Pascoe owns the eighth-best qualifying mark in the 3000 steeplechase, running a school-record 8:38.12 at the John McDonnell Invitational on April 23. Pauline Meyer qualified for the women’s steeplechase with her school record mark of 10:25.49.
Frank Massey’s Sun Belt-best mark of 2.17m (7-1.5) in the high jump is 14th in the region, while Allie Hensley will compete in the women’s high jump after qualifying with a height of 1.77m (5-9.75).
A pair of A-State pole vaulters will make the trip to College Station, as Sun Belt champion Lauren Beauchamp (4.08m | 13-4.5) and rookie Bradley Jelmert (5.25m) earned qualifying marks.
Carter Shell enters as the No. 6 seed in the long jump with a leap of 7.96m (26-1.5). The Orlando native is looking to make his second trip to the national meet after securing All-American honors in 2019.
Courtney Thomas will join him in the field after getting into the meet via scratches. In the women’s triple jump, Imani Udoumana is set to compete with her seed mark of 12.86m (42-2.25).
Evangelynn Harris will compete in two events, qualifying in both the shot put and discus after podium finishes at the conference meet. She took gold in the shot put with a throw of 15.92m (52-2.75) before taking silver in the discus with a toss of 51.10m (167-8.0).
The Red Wolves are sending two more discus throwers to Texas as well, as two-time Sun Belt champion Babette Vandeput ranks 30th in the west on the women’s side. Eron Carter is 44th with his throw of 54.65m (179-3.0) that garnered silver at the conference meet.
Freshman Aimar Palma Simo is making his NCAA Prelims debut in the hammer throw, currently with a top-20 mark of 65.55m (215-1.0), which is 17th in the region. Grace Flowers will compete in the women’s hammer throw with her qualifying mark of 58.99m (193-6.0).