19 Illini Qualify for NCAA West Prelims
May 16, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. --The Illinois men's track and field team boasts 19 qualifiers in 14 events, including both the 4x100m and 4x400m relay squads to the NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championship at the University of Texas in Austin from May 23-25, as announced by the NCAA and the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) on Thursday.
Each preliminary round site will host the top 48 declared athletes, or 24 relay teams, in each event, with the exception of the decathlon. The preliminary round will serve as the first two rounds of competition for the NCAA Championships, narrowing the field in each event to 12 from each region.
The top 12 performers from each preliminary round site will then advance to compete at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Austin, Texas from June 5-8.
The Illini are ranked in the top-25 in 12 different events, with the 4x100m relay squad of junior Julian Smith, sophomore Brandon Stryganek, junior Stephon Pamilton and sophomore DJ Zahn taking the top spot with a No. 2 ranking while the 4x400m relay (Zahn, freshman Cameron Viney, freshman Juan Paul Green, Pamilton) rank fifth. Defending Big Ten Champion's Vanier Joseph is listed as No. 6 in the 110m hurdles and Pamilton is seeded No. 7 in the 400m. Green also ranks in the 400m as he holds the No. 15 time. Senior Ryan Lynn boasts the No. 12 time in the 800m while two-time Big Ten outdoor scorer Hunter Mickow also holds the No. 11 time in the 10,000m. Big Ten point scorer Brandon Noe is seeded No. 23 in the discus while two Illini rank No. 24 in their respective events with junior Matthew Bane in the pole vault and sophomore Davis Frakerin the hammer throw. A full list of Illinois athletes heading to the NCAA Preliminary Round can be found below.
2013 NCAA West Preliminary Round of Championship - Illinois Qualifiers