NCAA West Preliminary Rounds T&F Action Suspended; Schedule Revised|
May 26, 2016
LAWRENCE, KAN. -- The NCAA Preliminary Rounds are often looked at as a survive and advance competition but it became solely about survival at the 2016 NCAA West Preliminary Rounds at Rock Chalk Park in Lawrence, Kan. today (May 26).
The day's weather began cloudy and overcast with intermittent bursts of sunshine, then morphed into humid and dark during the mid-afternoon and eventually lightning and rain which forced a delay before the first field events could be completed. After the first delay of about an hour, the fans and competitors were allowed back into the stadium, but moments later the stadium was cleared for a second delay at 3:54 p.m. and eventually the day's action was suspended shortly before 7 p.m.
A decision was made to contest all of the running races as quarterfinal with the heat winner and next six best times advancing to the NCAA Championships. The revised schedule of events is below.
The first and only Trojan to compete was the multi-talented freshman Nathan Bultman in the men's hammer throw, the first of three throwing events in which he qualified for at the regional. He had a foot foul in his first and third attempts, but in between nearly matched his PR with a throw of 196-11 (60.02m) to finish fifth in the first flight, two inches out of third. When competition was suspended during the third round, Bultman was in 19th place and looks to finish in the top 30 in an event he ranked 41st in the region entering the competition.
At the NCAA Preliminary rounds an athlete has to finish in the top 12 athletes to advance to the NCAA Championships to be held in Eugene, Ore. from June 8-11.
The new schedule for the West Preliminary Rounds is as follows: