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BYU will send nine individual athletes and one relay team to Oregon to compete against the nation's best track and field athletes after a banner weekend at NCAA Western preliminaries in Austin, Texas, accounting for two-thirds of the Beehive State's participants.
Two from Southern Utah, two from Utah State and one from Utah Valley will join the Cougar contingent in Eugene at the Division I outdoor track and field championships June 10-13.
Grabbing necessary top-12 finishes:
• BYU's Shea Martinez (10th, 800 meters, 2:05.17), Kelsey Brown-Gilbert (12th, 800, 2:05.55), Shaquille Walker (second, 800, 1:47.30), Mark Carlson (10th, 400, 50.77), Anginae Monteverde (eighth, pole vault, 4.24 meters), Braydon Bringhurst (12th, pole vault, 5.3 meters), Steve Flint (eighth, steeplechase, 8:49.21), Jason Witt (sixth, 10,000, 29:45), Spencer Gardner (11th, 10,000, 30:03) and 4x400 relay team (second, 3:03.82).
• Southern Utah's Nate Jewkes (ninth, 10,000, 29:45) and Kayla Kovar (12th, hammer, 61.42 meters).
• Utah State's Cole Lambourne (seventh, 400, 46.10). Cheri Hawkins had already secured a spot in the heptathlon finals before prelims.
• Utah Valley's Trac Norris (11th, steeplechase, 8:50.49, second athlete in school history to make the NCAA Finals).
Narrowly missing the finals was BYU junior Alyssa Monteverde-Dalton, who took 13th in the 100 hurdles at 13.44.
Utah failed to qualify an athlete. Throwers Megan Glasmann (16th in javelin) and Ilsa Kaaja (17th in hammer) were the U.'s top finishers.