SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Competition at NCAA West Prelims came to a close on Saturday night at Hornet Stadium, with another Thunderbird qualifying for the National Championship meet in Oregon.
Tre James ran a 20.79 in the quarterfinals of the 200-meter dash to qualify to Nationals on time. He finished 10th overall in the field.
“We’re considered throughout the country as a distance power, so now to have a sprinter make it shows balance,” SUU head coach Eric Houle said. “To have someone so young be one of the best 24 sprinters in the country shows huge improvement, both mentally and physically. Brent (Springall) has done a great job coaching him, and to get this national experience so early on in your career is something you need to become an All-American in this sport.”
James will join Mike Tate at Historic Hayward Field, as he qualified for the 10,000-meter on the opening night of competition in Sacramento.
The T-Birds started the day with the men’s javelin, where both Skyler Porcaro and Jeffrey Rowley were in competition. Porcaro finished in 26th place with a mark of 205′ 1”, while Rowley finished in 31st with a 199′ 5”.
In the men’s high jump, true freshman Frank Harris III cleared 6′ 11” before being eliminated from competition in Sacramento. Overall, he finished 28th in the field.
In the quarterfinals of the 110-meter hurdles, junior Devon Montgomery finished 17th in the field with a time of 14.08. For Montgomery, this was his third-straight trip to NCAA Regionals.
In the final event of the night for Southern Utah, Angie Nickerson finished 43rd in the 5,000-meter with a time of 16:56.09.
Tate did not finish competition in the 5,000-meter, but will continue his season in two weeks as he’s set to run the 10K in Oregon.
“Outside of a couple little hiccups, this performance really speaks to what the season has been for the program starting with the cross country year and finishing with outdoor track,” Houle said. “It’s been one of the better seasons we’ve ever had at Southern Utah.”
The Thunderbirds will now turn their attention to the NCAA National Championships, which will run from June 6 to June 9.
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