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More than 90 athletes representing Utah's six major universities will compete in a combined 101 events at the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field West Preliminary Round in Austin, Texas, this weekend.

Events begin Thursday morning at Mike A. Myers Stadium on the University of Texas campus and run through Saturday evening. Competitors who ranked among the top 48 nationally in their respective events qualified for the West Regional, along with the top 24 teams in the relays. The East Regional is being held simultaneously in Lexington, Ky.

The top 12 athletes and top 12 relay teams in each event advance to the NCAA Finals, which are June 7 to 10 at Oregon's Hayward Field.

Of the schools in the state, BYU is sending the most athletes to regionals — 46. A record 24 men and 22 women will represent the Cougars. Only national power Arkansas will have more men's competitors than BYU.

"When you go into preliminaries, it is a celebration of those athletes who made it," BYU coach Ed Eyestone said. "But first and foremost, the goal is to advance to the national meet. … The secondary goal is to improve your position and move up."

A pair of BYU women, middle-distance star Shea Collinsworth and steeplechaser Kristi Rush, enter the meet seeded third in their respective events and represent the Cougars' best chances at winning individual national championships. Collinsworth holds the third-fastest time in the country in the 800 meters, and Rush is ranked No. 3 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, perhaps BYU's best overall event.

BYU's Erica Birk, Courtney Wayment, Clayson Shumway and Daniel Carney are also in the top 12 in the men's and women's steeplechases in the West.

BYU's Tatenda Tsumba is No. 10 in the 100 meters and No. 17 in the 200, while Clayton Young is No. 3 in the 10,000 and also has qualified in the 5,000.

There is no decathlon or heptathlon in the preliminaries, so BYU's Jackson Walker, ranked No. 22, already has qualified for nationals in Eugene, Ore.

Here's a look at the other Utah schools' top prospects:

Utah • Four Utes qualified for Austin. Freshmen Amanda Gehrich (1,500) and Ann Wingeleth (long jump), sophomore Christine Glasmann (javelin) and junior Grayson Murphy (3,000 and 5,000 meters) will represent the Utes.

"They really need to focus in and try to give their best performance of the year," coach Kyle Kepler said. "This is first and foremost what we ask for, and if good things happen and we advance and qualify to move on, then obviously we want to do that as well."

Utah State • The Aggies will send 18 athletes to Texas — 12 men and six women. Four of those men — Michael Bluth, Brady Martin, AJ Boully and Joshua Gordon — will compete for the school's 4x400 relay team, ranked 17th in the West.

The Aggies' best chance for a national qualifier is probably javelin thrower Sindri Gudmundsson, who ranks fourth in the West and fifth nationally. He had a school-record throw of 253 feet, 3 inches at the MWC championships last weekend. Riverton's Clay Lambourne is 16th nationally in the 800 meters.

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2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field

West Preliminary Round

At Mike A. Myers Stadium, Austin, Texas

Thursday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. MDT

BYU women (22)

Athlete • Event

Shea Collinsworth • 800 meters

Madelyn Brooks • 800 meters

Whittni Orton • 1,500 meters

Heidi Fuhriman • 1,500 meters

Anna Camp • 1,500 meters

Ashleigh Warner • 1,500 meters

Laura Young • 10,000 meters

Alice Jensen • 10,000 meters

Yesenia Silva • 10,000 meters

Brenna Porter • 400m hurdles

Kristi Rush • 3,000m steeplechase

Erica Birk • 3,000m steeplechase

Courtney Wayment • 3,000m steeplechase

Andrea Stapleton • High jump

Lindsay Yetter • High jump

Ellyana Long • High jump

Nicole Naaties • Pole vault

Kylee Trageser • Pole vault

Chloe Hadley • Triple jump

ShyAndrea Jackson • Triple jump

Sadie Nielson • Discus

Payge Cuthbertson • Javelin

BYU men (24)

Tatenda Tsumba • 100 meters, 200 meters

Clark Brown • 100 meters, 200 meters

Chase Horrocks • 1,500 meters

Talem Franco • 1,500 meters

Kramer Morton • 1,500 meters

Clayton Young • 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters

Daniel Carney • 5,000 meters, 3,000m steeplechase

Rory Linkletter • 10,000 meters

Jonathan Harper • 10,000 meters

Korey Smith • 400m hurdles

Scott Mecham • 400m hurdles

Max Scheible • 400m hurdles

Clayson Shumway • 3,000m steeplechase

Jacob Heslington • 3,000m steeplechase

Mitchell Briggs • 3,000m steeplechase

Porter Reddish • 3,000m steeplechase

Jameson Shirley • Pole vault

Blake Steeves • Long jump

Ricky Fantroy Jr. • Triple jump

Zachary Stetler • Discus, Shot put

Dennis Christensen • Shot put

Jacob Barnes • Javelin •

Kraymer Eppich • Javelin

Jackson Walker • Decathlon

Utah women (4)

Amanda Gehrich • 1,500 meters

Ann Wingleth • Long jump

Christine Glasmann • Javelin

Grayson Murphy • 5,000 meters, 3,000m steeplechase

Utah State women (6)

Kashley Carter • 5,000 meters

Brenn Flint • Shot put

Olivia Moriconi • Shot put

Tylee Newman-Skinner • 1,500 meters

Tori Parkinson • 3,000m steeplechase

Sierra Simmons • 3,000m steeplechase

Utah State men (12)

Michael Bluth • 400 meters

AJ Boully • 400m hurdles

Spencer Fehlberg • 3,000m steeplechase

Joshua Gordon • 200 meters

Sindri Gudmundsson • Javelin

David Hirschmann • Discus

Clay Lambourne • 800 meters

Dillon Maggard • 5,000 meters

Brady Martin • 400 meters

Colby Wilson • 3,000m steeplechase

Samuel Wing • 400m hurdles

Devin Wright • Javelin

Also • Bluth, Boully, Gordon and Martin will compete in the 4x400 relay

Weber State women (8)

Jamie Stokes • 1,500 meters

Ellie Chile • 3,000m steeplechase

Hailey Whetten • 10,000 meters

Tawnie Moore • 100m hurdles

Whitney Fowers • Javelin

Natasha Powell • Shot put

Garazi Larrakoetxea • High jump

Rebecca Wenz • Javelin

Weber State men (5)

Jordan Cross • 3,000m steeplechase

Luca Sinn • 3,000m steeplechase

Alex Reece • 100 meters, 200 meters

Anthony Gregory • High jump

Nathan Dunivan • Discus

Southern Utah men (7)

Kasey Knevelbaard • 1,500 meters, 5,000 meters

Jayson Kovar • Discus

Justin Lewis • 400 meters

Devon Montgomery • 110m hurdles

Jeff Rowley • Javelin

Mike Tate • 5,000 meters

Matthew Wright • 10,000 meters

Utah Valley women (1)

Alena Gillespie • 200 meters

Utah Valley men (2)

Jason Lynch • 5,000 meters, 10,000 meters

Cole Eisenhour • 110m hurdles

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