AUSTIN – Sam Houston State track & field will be well represented at the NCAA Championships in two weeks as three athletes punched their ticket at the NCAA Division I 2017 Outdoor Track & Field Championships – West Preliminary.
Joshua Hernandez captured a fourth-place result in the hammer throw behind a toss of 221 feet, 10 inches to advance to the championships in Eugene, Ore., June 7-10. The mark was a new personal best for the freshman who took runner-up at the Southland Conference Outdoor Championships.
Chris Jefferson punched his ticket in a big way setting a new school record in the 100-meter dash while taking 10th with a time of 10.17. The result continued a record-setting year for the sophomore, who was named Men's Outstanding Running Events Performer for his efforts at the league championships.
Jeffrey Moore will also be making the trip out west after running a 1:48.46 for 12th in the 800 meters. It will mark the first visit to TrackTown for Moore, who qualified for the West prelims for a second-straight season and took home three gold medals at the outdoor championships.
Elsewhere, Jay Roberson put on a strong showing in the pole vault, finishing 18th at 16 feet, 10 ¾ inches, while Ashton Summers took 22nd with the same mark. Bailey Henderson secured 36th at 15 feet, 11 inches.
Michael Nichols wrapped up his campaign by taking 33rd in the shot put at 54 feet, 10 inches and William Stark rounded out his successful season with a 34th place result in the 110-meter hurdles at 14.45. Evan Arambula took 46th in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 9:54.46.
On Thursday, Anthony Garcia took 28th in the javelin with a distance of 202 feet, 1 inch, and Lawrence Coleman brought home 43rd in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.79.
On the women's side, Hannah Callaway capped a breakout season with a 26th place result in the pole vault at 12 feet, 11 ½ inches. Tasha Crosse finished 38th in the discus throw with a toss of 158 feet, 4 inches.