Marquette Sends Six to NCAA West Preliminary Round
May 19, 2011
MILWAUKEE - Six Marquette University track and field student-athletes will compete at the West Preliminary Round of the 2011 NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships on May 26-28 in Eugene, Ore., the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Track and Field Committee announced Thursday.
Sprinters Tyler O'Brien and Kyle Winter will compete in the men's 200- and 800-meter runs, respectively, while distance runners Blake Johnson and Nick Szczech will participate in the the men's 10,000-meter run. The only Marquette women's athlete scheduled to compete, Jamie Roth, will join freshman men's thrower Bret Hardin in the hammer throw.
O'Brien, Johnson and Szczech will make their second trip to the preliminary round as O'Brien competed in 2008, while Johnson and Szczech both ran in 2010.
O'Brien ran the fastest 200-meter time in the BIG EAST Conference this season, topping his Marquette record with a mark of 21.05 seconds in his preliminary heat at the outdoor conference championships. O'Brien also ran the 200 at the regional in 2008 and notched a time of 21.40 seconds in the preliminaries.
Johnson recorded the third-best finish among the eight Marquette athletes who participated in the 2010 first round in Austin, Texas. The Saline, Mich., native placed 29th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, well ahead of his seeded time.
Szczech competed in the 5,000-meter run last year in Austin and finished 39th in a time of 15:11.77.
Winter, Hardin and Roth will make their debut appearances at the preliminary round this season. Winter vaulted into the preliminary round field with his fifth-place finish in the 800 meters at the BIG EAST Championships in 1:49.84.
Hardin has been a revelation in his freshman season at Marquette, setting the freshman hammer throw record and the No. 2 distance in Marquette history with a toss of 187 feet, 1 inch (57.03 meters) at the Stan Lyons Invitational on April 30.
In the women's hammer throw, Roth moved up to fourth on Marquette's all-time list during her senior season with a top distance of 180 feet, 7 inches (55.04 meters).
2011 Preliminary Round Qualifiers