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NCAA East Preliminary field announced
Courtesy: Southern Conference
Release: 05/17/2018
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Wofford's Hannah Steelman (6) and Furman's Allie Buchalski (1), Gabrielle Jennings (4), Savannah Carnahan (2) and Kristlin Gear (3) are all competing at the NCAA East Preliminary.
Courtesy: Southern Conference

INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Track and Field and Cross Country Committee has announced the participants for the 2018 NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships preliminary competitions. Six Southern Conference schools will send 40 representatives to the East Preliminary in Tampa, Florida, for competition May 24-26.


SoCon schools saw 14 female student-athletes earn 15 spots, with Wofford’s Hannah Steelman competing in both the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5,000-meter run. Twenty-three male student-athletes earned 26 spots, with ETSU’s Ben Johnson competing in the hammer and javelin; Western Carolina’s Dakota Lamont competing in the 400-meter dash and the 4x400-meter relay; and the Catamounts’ Mateius Brown competing in the shot put and discus.


Furman’s Allie Buchalski is the highest-seeded SoCon student-athlete, as she has the second-best qualifying time in the field for the 5,000-meter run at 15:39.17.


The University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida, will host the East Preliminary and California State University, Sacramento in Sacramento, California, will host the West Preliminary. The qualifiers out of these two regions will compete in the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships held June 6-9 in Eugene, Oregon.


Men’s 100-meter dash

Emmanuel Tait, Samford

Josiah Johnson, The Citadel


Men’s 400-meter dash

Dakota Lamont, Western Carolina


Men’s 1,500-meter run

Jake Ogden, Furman


Men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase

Troy Reeder, Furman

Simeon Roberts, ETSU

Noah Charles, ETSU


Men’s 5,000-meter run

Aaron Templeton, Furman

Mason Coppi, Furman


Men’s 10,000-meter run

Arsène Guillorel, Samford

Frank Lara, Furman

Josh Brickell, Furman


Men’s 4x400-meter relay

Western Carolina (Dakota Lamont, Henry Kiedy, Davaniel Dale, Chace Washington-Saunders; Alt.: Miles Greer)


Men’s high jump

Keyth Fightmaster, Samford


Men’s pole vault

Tray Oates, Samford

Hugh Duggan, Samford


Men’s triple jump

Di’Joun Huitt, Western Carolina

Kevin Hires, Western Carolina

Men’s shot put

Mateius Brown, Western Carolina


Men’s discus

Mateius Brown, Western Carolina


Men’s hammer

Scott Peretin, Western Carolina

Ben Johnson, ETSU


Men’s javelin

Ben Johnson, ETSU



Women’s 200-meter dash

McLeod Dean, Wofford


Women’s 3,000-meter steeplechase

Emma Grace Hurley, Furman

Hannah Steelman, Wofford

Gabrielle Jennings, Furman

Kristlin Gear, Furman


Women’s 5,000-meter run

Allie Buchalski, Furman

Savannah Carnahan, Furman

Hannah Steelman, Wofford


Women’s 10,000-meter run

Haley Ward, Samford


Women’s 100-meter hurdles

Kyra Atkins, ETSU


Women’s 400-meter hurdles

Dasha Arnaut, Western Carolina


Women’s high jump

Selena Popp, Samford

Jaelyn Warren, Western Carolina


Women’s long jump

Jazmine Gooden, Western Carolina


Women’s javelin

Alyssa Whipkey, ETSU

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