The Northern Arizona track and field program is sending 17 student-athletes to the 2019 NCAA West Regional Preliminaries, which start Thursday, May 23.
Sacramento State will host the event. The qualifiers out of the region, along with the winners in the east prelims, will compete in the NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships, set to take place June 5-8 in Austin, Texas.
Ten Lumberjack men and seven women qualified after the conclusion of last weekend's slate of conference championships across the country.
The Jacks are led by Tyler Day, the nation's current leader in the men's 5,000-meter run with a time of 13:25.06. Three additional NAU male runners in Geordie Beamish, Luis Grijalva and true freshman Brodey Hasty will race with Day in the 5000m -- with Beamish owning the fourth-best time in the West Region (13:31.58).
Day will also run in the men's 10K with teammate Blaise Ferro. Ferro's time of 28:22.76 is just over two seconds faster than Day's qualifying time of 28:24.94 as the two sit at fifth and sixth respectively.
Another true freshman, Theo Quax, will be joined by Cade Burks in the men's 1500m. Burks ran a 3:46.06 at the Big Sky Conference Outdoor Championships, setting a PR.
Parker Joens, the Big Sky champ in the men's shot put, qualified for the event off a 18.74m throw while at the championship weekend. Lumberjacks thrower Jacob Kaufman qualified for regionals in the hammer throw.
Cameron Rayford and Helena McLeod will both represent the women's side in the long jump competitions. Hannah Behunin and Pipi Eitel are slated to compete in the women's 1500m, with Eitel's time of 4:23.43 and Behunin's of 4:24.75 getting them to northern California. Behunin was the indoor Big Sky champ in mid-February.
The 800m will be seeing a familiar face in Maggie Carruth in Sacramento, as the senior also raced in that event the last two outdoor seasons at the west prelims. Fellow Northern Arizona senior Miranda Myers ran in the women's 5000m at the prelims a year ago and will be taking on the 10K this season. Jasmine Malone is also listed to compete in an event that she was in at regionals last year, as she will lace up for the 400m dash.
Matilde Roe, the Lumberjacks' most decorated athlete at the conference outdoor championships, will be participating in the javelin throw.
Roe locked up three silver medals in the javelin, discus and shot put during her conference outing. She also was honored as the most valuable female athlete and female freshman of the year at the conclusion of conference championships last week.