Declared Athletes: Women’s | Men’s | Decathlon
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Josh Cogdill and Hunter Price from the Colorado State track & field team have qualified for the decathlon at the NCAA Championships, while 27 Colorado State athletes have qualified for next week’s NCAA West Preliminary in Austin, Texas. The NCAA released the list of qualifying athletes for the combined events, as well as the women’s and men’s preliminary competition on Thursday.
Of the 27 athletes headed to preliminaries, 18 represent the Colorado State women’s team and nine represent CSU’s men’s team. The NCAA West Preliminary is hosted by the University of Texas, and is held from Thursday, May 25 through Saturday, May 27 at Mike A. Myers Stadium.
To qualify for preliminaries, athletes generally must rank within the top 48 declared athletes in the West region in her or his respective events. The top 12 finishers in those respective events at the NCAA West Preliminary will advance to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which is held from Wednesday, June 7 through Saturday, June 10 in Eugene, Ore. Decathletes do not compete at an NCAA preliminary; instead, the NCAA’s top 24 decathletes are selected for the NCAA Championships.
Cogdill and Price, a 2017 indoor All-American (heptathlon), are one of five pairs of decathletes from the same school in the NCAA to qualify for the NCAA Championships decathlon (Georgia, Oregon, Arkansas and Texas). Price, CSU’s all-time record holder and the Mountain West’s No. 2 all-time decathlon performer, qualified with a score of 7,801 points from the Mt. SAC Relays/California Invitational Combined Events. Cogdill, the No. 5 decathlon performer in Mountain West history, scored 7,508 points last week en route to his unprecedented third MW decathlon championship and NCAA qualification.
The Rams will be represented by 11 members of the distance unit at the NCAA West Preliminary, including All-Americans Jefferson Abbey (5,000 meters), Grant Fischer (10,000 meters), Jerrell Mock (10,000 meters) and Cole Rockhold (5,000 meters). Sanne Holland (3,000-meter steeplechase), Macy Kreutz (1,500 meters), Janelle Lincks (3,000-meter steeplechase and 5,000 meters), Tait Rutherford (10,000 meters), Roxy Trotter (1,500 meters), Dominique Ward (1,500 meters) and Laura Yarrow (3,000-meter steeplechase) round out CSU’s distance qualifiers.
Six throwers earned trips to Austin, Texas with their performances this season. 2017 NCAA indoor shot put champion and 2017 national outdoor leader Mostafa Hassan is among the group of shot putters that qualified, along with Daniel Weirich, and from the women’s side, All-American Aaliyah Pete. Three hammer throwers qualified for the NCAA West Preliminary: Kelcey Bedard, Linnea Jonsson and Aimee Larrabee. Sophomores Jonsson and Bedard are one of two duos from the same school in the nation (Virginia Tech) to be ranked in the top 20 in the NCAA. Bedard also qualified in the discus.
Five jumpers and vaulters represent CSU among the preliminary qualifiers. Four CSU high jumpers are in the mix, including Autumn Gardner and McKenzie Wright from the women’s side. From the men’s side, Collin Scheer and 2017 MW high jump champion Trenton Wallace each qualified. Gabby Smith joins the group headed to Austin, Texas with qualifying status in the pole vault.
Rounding out qualifying CSU athletes are five sprinters and hurdlers. Each of Lorenda Holston (100-meter hurdles), Emma Kratzberg (400-meter hurdles) and Emily Romo (400 meters) qualified individually. Holston, Romo, Leah Fair and Abby Simpson each qualified for preliminaries as members of the Rams’ school-record 4x100-meter relay team.
See below for the full list of CSU qualifiers for the NCAA Championships combined events and the NCAA West Preliminary.
2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Qualifiers – Combined Events (NCAA Rank)
Josh Cogdill – Decathlon (No. 20)
Hunter Price – Decathlon (No. 9)
2017 NCAA West Preliminary Qualifiers – Women (West Preliminary Rank)
Kelcey Bedard – Hammer (No. 9), Discus (No. 23)
Autumn Gardner – High Jump (No. 18)
Sanne Holland – 3,000-Meter Steeplechase (No. 29)
Lorenda Holston – 100-Meter Hurdles (No. 18)
Linnea Jonsson – Hammer (No. 8)
Emma Kratzberg – 400-Meter Hurdles (No. 42)
Macy Kreutz – 1,500 Meters (No. 21)
Aimee Larrabee – Hammer (No. 43)
Janelle Lincks – 3,000-Meter Steeplechase (No. 15), 5,000 Meters (No. 18)
Aaliyah Pete – Shot Put (No. 7)
Emily Romo – 400 Meters (No. 30)
Gabby Smith – Pole Vault (No. 45)
Roxy Trotter – 1,500 Meters (No. 40)
Dominique Ward – 1,500 Meters (No. 38)
McKenzie Wright – High Jump (No. 26)
Laura Yarrow – 3,000-Meter Steeplechase (No. 9)
Emily Romo, Abby Simpson, Leah Fair, Lorenda Holston - 4x100-Meter Relay (No. 22)
2017 NCAA West Preliminary Qualifiers – Men (West Preliminary Rank)
Jefferson Abbey – 5,000 Meters (No. 3)
Grant Fischer – 10,000 Meters (No. 4)
Mostafa Hassan – Shot Put (No. 1)
Jerrell Mock – 10,000 Meters (No. 2)
Cole Rockhold – 5,000 Meters (No. 20)
Tait Rutherford – 10,000 Meters (No. 30)
Collin Scheer – High Jump (No. 48)
Trenton Wallace – High Jump (No. 30)
Daniel Weirich – Shot Put (No. 38)
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