Women's Track & Field Sends Four Athletes to NCAA East Preliminary


The Falcons will be represented in both the men's and women's high jump (junior John Reynolds, junior Shelley Spires), pole vault (senior Kyle Pater, sophomore Kathryn Tomczak), 5000-meter run (sophomore Jacob Bilvado, Long), 1500-meter run (senior Matt Dorsey, Gillespie, Vessa) and 400-meter dash (Koss, Walden, freshman Megan Irvine). The Falcons, who qualified athletes in 23 different events, will travel to Austin, Texas, next week (May 25-27) for the opening round of the national meet.

Entries for the East and West preliminary meets include the top 48 declared athletes in each region for individual events, as well as the top 24 declared 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay squads.

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BU will have 21 entries on the women's side and 13 more on the men's side vying for a chance to get into the top 12 in their respective events and earn a berth to the championship finals site in Eugene, Ore. All-American Emmanuel Korir (1:43.73) and Michael Saruni (1:45.82) will on Thursday scheduled to start at 7:35 p.m.

Samantha Hall (55.17m) will compete in the discus throw. She set a stadium record at the University of Houston last weekend with a time of 16:33.94 in the 5000m. First round - Friday, May 26, at 7:30 p.m. / Quarterfinal - Saturday, May 27, at 7:30 p.m. Piccirillo, Cleirigh Buttner and Burda have each competed at the NCAA East Preliminary in previous seasons, while Hutchinson will be making her meet debut in Kentucky next week. Mokrasova (5,671 points) is the 12th best mark in the nation.

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Lucia Mokrasova will not be competing in the NCAA Prelims, but she has earned a spot in the NCAA Championships in the heptathlon.

UTEP also will be sending three relay teams to the preliminaries.

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Burda will run in the national semifinal heat of the 10000 meters on May 25 at 9 p.m. The women's 4x100m (44.81) relay, the women's 4x400m relay (3:38.56) and the men's 4x400m relay team. Should both equal their top marks set this season in the high jump and javelin, respectively, they would be in prime position to finish in the top-12 and advance to the NCAA Championships for the first time.