Fourteen Lumberjacks Qualify for the NCAA Preliminary Rounds in Austin

May 18, 2017

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country Committee announced, on Thursday afternoon, the participants for the 2017 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships preliminary competitions. The west regional meet will be held this year at The University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas from May 25-27.

Fourteen individuals and one relay posted qualifying marks for the Lumberjacks during the outdoor season, which is the most SFA athletes into the regional meet since 2013. Eleven of those are men, while four are women. The quartet of females is the most the Lumberjacks have sent since in the last five years.

Aaron Piper (100m), Khalil Lacey (100m), Will Gibson (400m), Tedrick Hawkins (400m), Kerry Gleason (400m Hurdles), Antonio Ruiz (pole vault), Noah Gilfillan (pole vault), Daven Murphree (pole vault), Isaiah Pittman (long jump), Trenton Bridges (Discus) will represent the SFA men individually, while the men’s 4x400m relay also qualified for the fifth year in a row. Imani Nave (200m), Aliyah Davis (200m), Dominque Jackson (400m hurdles), and Dakota Mayr (Pole Vault) will be representing SFA on the women’s side.

The combination of Charles Fentress, Hawkins, Pittman, and Gibson made up the qualifying time for the mile relay (3:09.20). Gleason and Jared Love have also run legs of the relay throughout the season.

The top 48 athletes in individual events along with the top 24 relay teams in the east and west regions qualified to fight for limited spots into the field at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championships, held once again in Eugene, Oregon from June 7-10. Twelve individual and relay teams will advance out of both the east and the west preliminaries. The east regional meet location is in Lexington, Kentucky.

Ruiz is SFA’s highest ranked athlete as he came in the top five of the west region. His qualification height of 5.52m (18-1.25) leads the SFA pole vaulters, who are sending four vaulters to Austin, three men and one woman. Gilfillan ranks 14th with his 5.33m (17-5.75) height, and Murphree makes his fourth straight regional appearance after claiming the 28th spot. Dakota Mayr will be SFA’s lone woman vaulter competing. She punched her ticket to regionals with a 4.07m (13-4.25) vault at the Longhorn Invitational.

SFA could also produce multiple national qualifiers in the 100m, 200m, 400m, and 400m hurdles. Piper enters the 100m preliminaries ranked 11th in the region with a top time of 10.19 from the Skechers Performance Cark Kight Invitational. Teammate Lacey also qualified for the event in 41st with a time of 10.38.

Gibson and Hawkins, who are no strangers to the national ring, sit No. 33 and No. 39 on the 400m lists. Gibson recently ran his personal best of 46.60 to claim the individual 400m title at the Southland Conference Championships. Hawkins was fifteen hundredths of a second behind Gibson, placing third in the Championship.

Hurdle competitors Gleason and Jackson both qualified in their respective 400m hurdles races. Gleason comes in as the 26th best seed with a 51.45 time. Jackson turned in a 59.84 at the Texas State Bobcat Classic for the 36th slot.

The duo of Davis and Nave will be at it again in the women’s 200m sprint. The freshman Nave notched a new PR of 23.42 at the Texas State Bobcat Classic, which got her the 32nd spot. Davis was .04 seconds behind her to grab the 33rd seed.

Long jumper Isaiah Pittman made his national dreams closer to reality when he furthered his PR to a 7.79m (25-6.75) at last week’s SLC Championship. The sophomore comes in as 15th in the region.

Finally, Bridges becomes SFA’s first discus throw to qualify since 2012. He holds the 31st qualifying distance with a 54.34m (178-3.0) throw at the Texas State Bobcat Classic.

All information imperative to the regional rounds can be accessed through the Divison I Outdoor Track and Field pages on and The participant manuals, technical manual and schedule of events are located on


SFA’s NCAA West Preliminary Round Qualifiers

Aaron Piper - 100m
Khalil Lacey - 100m
William Gibson - 400m
Tedrick Hawkins - 400m
Kerry Gleason men’s - 400m hurdles
Antonio Ruiz - Pole Vault
Noah Gilfillan - Pole Vault
Daven Murphree - Pole Vault
Isaiah Pittman - Long Jump
Trenton Bridges - Discus
4x400 relay - Fentress, Hawkins, Pittman, Gibson

Imani Nave - 200m
Aliyah Davis - 200m
Dominique Jackson - 400m hurdles
Dakota Mayr - Pole Vault 




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