HUNTSVILLE – Sam Houston State has qualified 14 athletes for the NCAA Division I 2017 Outdoor Track & Field Championships – West Preliminary, hosted by the University of Texas, next Thursday through Saturday, the NCAA announced Thursday.

The women have three entries including Hannah Callaway in the pole vault, Tristyn Allen in the triple jump and Tasha Crosse for the discus throw. The pole vault will take place at 11 a.m. on Thursday while the discus gets underway at noon Friday and the triple jump closes out the weekend Saturday at 6 p.m.

The men will boast a strong representation in the capitol city, sending a whopping 12 to the preliminaries including Chris Jefferson who will compete in both the 100-meter dash and 200 meters.

The sophomore will be joined by Lawrence Coleman (400 meters), Jeffrey Moore (800 meters), Chris Speaks (3,000 steeplechase), Evan Arambula (3,000 steeple) and William Stark (110-meter hurdles) and Anthony Garcia (javelin).

Sam Houston will have three representatives in the pole vault including Jay Roberson, Bailey Henderson and Ashton Summers. Michael Nichols will compete in the shot put and Joshua Hernandez will take part in the hammer throw.

The NCAA West Preliminary Rounds are set to run from Mike A. Myers Stadium with student-athletes ranking among the top 48 in the respective events earning berths to the competition. Athletes with the top-12 times/marks will qualify for the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, June 7-10.

Head coach David Self on sending 16 athletes to the event…

“We've got 16 in. That's one of our next goals as far as elevating the programs and increasing our impact on the national level. There's a reason we won three championships this year. Any time you can send that many, it says a lot about your program.”

Head coach David Self on the success of the men's program and sending 13…
“The men were always knocking at the door. We knew it was a matter of time before they did some big things. You are seeing the fruits of all that hard work. We don't lose a lot of heavy hitters from that group that is going. It just bodes well and speaks to what the men have in store for the future.”

Head coach David Self on the opportunity to compete in that kind of environment…
“It's fantastic. Mike A. Myers Stadium is definitely one of the nicest facilities outdoors. Having these folks there and competing and seeing what it's like is big. We tell them if you'll do what you did to get here, then you will have a chance to get to Oregon.”