Track & Field Sends Three to NCAA West Prelims
May 17, 2018
MILWAUKEE – Marquette University sophomore Daniel Armstrong (high jump), senior Maya Marion (shot put) and senior Jessica Parker (800 meters) have qualified for the NCAA West Prelims in Sacramento, California, Thursday-Saturday, May 24-26, with hopes of advancing to the NCAA Championships.
This marks the second-straight trip to regionals for both Armstrong and Parker, while Marion makes her first trip.
The top-12 finishers in each event at both NCAA preliminary round sites (Sacramento, California and Jacksonville, Florida) will advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, June 6-9.
Armstrong is coming off his second-straight BIG EAST outdoor high jump title and fourth-straight conference crown overall, helping the men's team secure its second team title in three years. The Michigan City, Indiana, native recorded a season-best on his first attempt at 2.16 meters (7-1 feet), which ranks 13th in the west region and 31st-nationally.
Back in March, the sophomore qualified for his first NCAA Indoor Championship meet held in College Station, Texas, where he was named a Second Team All-American.
Marion, a senior, makes her first regional appearance in the shot put, qualifying with a mark of 15.31 meters (50-2.75 feet) at the team's final regular season meet, the Wisconsin Twilight (May 4). Not only was it a season-best, but it set the new school record, breaking Rachel Thiel’s previous mark set back in 2010. The distance also ranks 44th in the region and 91st-nationally.
The Aurora, Illinois, native fell short of her fourth-straight BIG EAST shot put title, but remains the only three-time outdoor champ in league history. She placed runner-up in the shot put and fourth in the hammer throw as the women’s team finished third overall.
Parker qualifies for her second-straight trip to the NCAA West Prelims in the 800 meters after running a season-best at the Wisconsin Twilight. Her time of 2:07.08 ranks 32nd in the region and 67th-nationally.
At last year’s west prelim meet in Austin, Texas, the then-junior ran the eighth-fastest qualifying time overall on day one to advance to the quarterfinal round where her season would come to a close.
This marks the seventh-straight year the Golden Eagles have sent at least three student-athletes to the NCAA West Prelims.
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