Aztec T&F Qualifies 13 for NCAA West Prelims
May 18, 2017
San Diego State track and field has qualified 13 student-athletes for the NCAA Track & Field Preliminary Rounds, the NCAA announced Thursday. The 13 qualifiers is tied for the most in program history since the NCAA implemented the region system (east and west) in 2010.
The top 48 student-athletes in each individual event and the top 24 relay teams are selected to compete in the preliminary rounds, held May 25-7 in Austin, Texas (west region) and Lexington, Ky. (east region).
Six Aztecs qualified for the preliminary rounds in multiple events. Competing in three events are juniors Ashley Henderson and Simone Glenn in the 100, 200 and 4x100-meter relay, senior Micha Auzenne in the 100, 100 hurdles and 4x100 relay and sophomore Lisa-Anne Barrow in the 200, 4x400-meter relay and long jump. Junior Rochene Smith (100, 4x100), freshman Andrenette Knight (400 hurdles, 4x400) and senior Rachel Alesi (shot put, discus throw) will also make multiple appearances.
In the west region, Henderson is ranked fourth in the 100 (11.08@), seventh in the 200 (22.61@) and anchors the 4x100 (43.11@). All three times were recorded at last weekend’s Mountain West Outdoor Track & Field Championships. At the conference meet, she was named the MW Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Performer of the Meet after winning those three events.
Winning her third-straight Mountain West 100 hurdles title last weekend, Auzenne checks in at ninth in that event with an altitude-adjusted time of 12.99 and is ranked 14th in the 100 with an 11.36 altitude-adjusted mark. She also leads off the 4x100.
Glenn sits 19th in the 200 following her 23.09 wind-aided time at the MW Championships and clocks in at 28th in the 100 following an 11.46 time at the Beach Invitational (April 15). She runs the second leg of the 4x100 relay.
Barrow is seeded 27th in the long jump after leaping 20-03.00 at the MW Championships and 37th in the 200 following a 23.56 altitude-adjusted time at the conference meet. She runs the second leg of the 4x400.
Smith heads to the meet 30th in the 100 with an altitude-adjusted time of 11.48 and will run the third leg of the 4x100. Knight will represent SDSU in the 400 hurdles, seeded 14th with a 58.10 time. She also runs the third leg of the 4x400.
Alesi qualified for the NCAA West Prelims in the shot put (49-05.00) and discus throw (170-7).
The Scarlet and Black will send two pole vaulters to the preliminary round, led by junior Bonnie Draxler, seeded eighth for the second-straight season (14-03.25), and sophomore Marissa Berry at No. 18 (13-08.25).
Also qualifying for the NCAA West Prelims are sophomores Je’Neal Ainsworth in the triple jump (45th, 40-08.75) and Sierra Brabham-Lawrence in the 100 hurdles (24th, 13.33@). Senior Tyra Lea and junior Monique McPherson will compete for the Aztecs in the 4x400-meter relay.
Last weekend, San Diego State won its third outdoor conference crown in five years and its fourth overall last weekend, earning 12 all-conference honors in the process.