May 24, 2013
Austin, Texas - Heavy storms soaked the track and delayed action for three hours on day two of the NCAA Track and Field West Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas. The rain, however, did not damper the spirits of Kylie Price and Turquoise Thompson, who advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 100m and 400m hurdles, respectively. Additionally, Brea Buchanan moved on to Saturday's quarterfinals in the 100m hurdles.
The competition concludes on Saturday, beginning with the rescheduled men's hammer at 10 am CT. UCLA will also look to qualify athletes in the relays, women's 100m hurdles, 5000m, men's javelin, men's pole vault, and the triple jump.
The NCAA Championships take place June 5-8 in Eugene, Ore. Qualifying for UCLA so far are Price in the long jump and 100m, Thompson in the 400m hurdles, Julian Wruck in the discus, Ida Storm in the hammer, Dominic Giovannoni and Marcus Nilsson in the decathlon. and Tatum Souza in the heptathlon.
Women's 100m Hurdles
Brea Buchanan won her heat in a time of 13.53 to qualify to Saturday's quarterfinals with the number three time overall. Trinity Wilson clocked in at 14.12 to finish seventh in her heat and 33rd overall in the preliminary round.
Men's 110m Hurdles
Dominic Giovannoni placed eighth in heat two of the preliminaries and 42nd overall with a time of 14.76 and did not advance to the quarterfinals.
Kylie Price clocked in at 11.65 in her quarterfinal heat and placed second to qualify for her second event at the NCAA Championships.
"I PR'd in the prelims, running 11.32, and in the finals, I just wanted to make sure I went through every part of my race from the start to the end," Price said. "My start wasn't that good, but I had a really good ending, and I got second in my heat, which is an automatic qualifier, so I was happy about that. It wasn't a very good time, but it was good enough to make it, so that's all that matters."
Price also qualified in the long jump on Thursday. "I actually had the 100 prelims before the long jump, so my mind was everywhere," she said. "But I just knew I had to pop a good one in order to make it to the finals and then make it to NCAAs. I jumped 20-7.25, which is okay, but it got me to the finals."
In heat number one of the quarterfinals, Alexander Monsivaiz was at the front of the pack at around 650m but got tangled up in a spill when another runner stumbled. Monsivaiz got back up and finished his heat in seventh place (1:55.65) and did not qualify.
Women's 400m Hurdles
Turquoise Thompson led from start to finish and won heat three in 55.97 to qualify to her third consecutive NCAA Championship in that event. Thompson was the national runner-up the last two seasons.
Women's High Jump
Neither of UCLA's three competitors advanced to the NCAA Championships. Zibby Boyer and Mariah Gibson each cleared 1.65m/5-5 but could not clear 1.70m/5-7, placing 32nd overall. Caroline Gyllenbern no-heighted at 1.65/5-5.
Men's Shot Put
Redshirt freshman Nicholas Scarvelis threw 17.91m/58-9.25 on his second throw and finished 13th, just one spot shy of qualifying to the NCAA Championships.
Yusef Merriweather finished seventh in heat four with a time of 21.66 and did not qualify to the quarterfinals.
Women's Pole Vault
Competing a good seven hours after their intended start, UCLA's four-woman pole vault crew failed to qualify to the NCAA Championships. Natasha Kolbo was the highest finisher at 15th, clearing 4.01m/13-1.75 on her third attempt. The Bruins were dealt a big blow when Allison Koressel, ranked fifth in the region, passed on 3.71m/12-2 but no-heighted on 3.86m/12-8. Liz Goodrich and Courtney Reginato cleared 3.71m/12-2 but could not get over on 3.86m/12-8, finishing 28th.
Men's 3000m Steeplechase
In the last heat of the last event of the day, David McDonald finished 33rd overall with a time of 9:07.02, ending the second day of competition close to 1:00 am.