Bearcats Qualify 10 for NCAA East Prelims

May 22, 2014

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The NCAA announced Thursday afternoon that 10 University of Cincinnati track & field student-athletes have qualified for the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Rounds in Jacksonville, Florida on May 29-31.

UC’s qualifiers are: Kenya Woodall (100m and 400m), Darnell Gilbert (400m), Je'Rica Sanders (110H), Bryan Cain (110H), Erika Hurd (high jump), Josh Dangel (pole vault), Alyssa McBride (pole vault), Michael Nwankwo (triple jump), Macklin Tudor (discus) and Jessica Molyet (discus). Dangel and Molyet will be making their fourth appearance at the Preliminary Championships, while Hurd, McBride and Nwankwo will make their second.

Qualifying for the Preliminary Championships is based on the descending-order list for the season, segregated by east and west sites, and prepared solely from the mandatory submission of meet results during the season and adhering to the qualifying regulations. For each individual event contested at each of the Preliminary Championships sites, the top 48 declared student-athletes are accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested at each of the Preliminary Championships sites, the top 24 declared relay teams are accepted into the competition.

Woodall is the lone UC athlete to qualify in two events with earning a spot in the 100 and 400-meter dashes. Both of her qualifying times came last weekend at the Cardinal Twilight where she broke the school record in the 400 with a time of 53.26 and clocked the third fastest 100 time in school history (11.58). She ranks 20th in the 400 and 42nd in the 100.

Dangel returns to his fourth Preliminary Championship and looks to replicate last year’s All-American performance. He enters the competition ranked sixth with a career-best mark of 17’ 10.25”, which is also the school record.

Molyet is also making her fourth appearance in the discus where she ranks 46th overall with a toss of 162’ 1”, respectively. The senior’s career-best toss is 163’ 9” which she garnered last season and ranks second in school history.

Tudor will compete in the men’s discus as he enters ranked ninth with a hurl of 194’ 9”, which is a UC school record. Last season, he competed at Tiffin University and was a runner-up in the discus at the Division II Championships.

Hurd enters the meet with the highest seed among UC competitors with ranking fifth in the high jump. The sophomore cleared 6’ 0.5” to win the Drake Relays earlier this season and now sits second in the UC record’s book.

Gilbert has qualified in the 400-meter dash and will make his first appearance at the Preliminary Championships. The senior is seeded with the 38th fastest time of 46.95, which ranks sixth in UC history.

McBride will compete in the women’s pole vault after clearing a personal-best height of 13’ 5.25”, which is fourth in UC history, at the UCF Black and Gold Challenge in the first outdoor meet of the year. She enters the meet ranked 21st.

Cain follows in the footsteps of many former UC greats by qualifying in the 110-meter hurdles. He sits 43rd overall with a time of 14.13, which is seventh in the UC records book.

Sanders will also compete in the hurdles as she qualified in the 100-meter hurdles. She holds the 45th fastest time, respectively, of 13.71, which ranks fourth in UC history.

Nwankwo earned the final spot in the men’s triple jump with a leap of 49’ 8.5”. He also qualified last season with a hop, skip and a jump of 50’ 4.75”.

The NCAA Division I East Prelims begins Thursday, May 29 in Jacksonville, Florida. Woodall will be the first UC student-athlete to compete at the regional when she runs the 100-meter dash at 6:55 p.m.

The athletes will participate in two rounds (first round and quarterfinals) during the preliminary round. Twelve competitors from each individual event and 12 teams from each relay event will advance from each preliminary championship competition to the NCAA Championships. This year's national meet will be held from June 11-14 in Eugene, Oregon.