The Kentucky track and field teams will have 45 entries at next week’s NCAA East Preliminary Championships, as the meet’s field was announced on Thursday.

The UK women’s team qualified 25 and the men’s team got 20 entries.

East Prelims will be contested May 23-25 on the University of North Florida campus in Jacksonville, Florida. California State University, Sacramento will host West Prelims the same days.

For each individual event contested at each of the preliminary sites, the top 48 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition.  For each relay event, the top 24 declared relay teams were accepted into the competition.

Twelve performers from each preliminary site advance to the NCAA Championships – hosted at Texas’ Mike A. Myers Stadium June 5-8 in Austin, Texas,

For the heptathlon and decathlon, the top 24 declared student-athletes in each event based on their position on the national descending-order list were accepted into the Championships. Heptathlon and decathlon are not contested at preliminary championships sites.

But as it relates to the NCAA Championships, qualifying entries into the preliminary championships is less significant than the number of entries who make it through prelims and advance to Texas for the NCAA Championships.

The UK men’s output of East Prelims entries was up six and the men’s output was down one from a year ago. 

UK’s 2018 NCAA East Prelims qualification quantity was 22 – 13 women‘s entries, nine men’s entries plus Tim Duckworth already had advanced in the decathlon – on to the NCAA finals site a year ago.

The East and West regions are comprised of all Division I institutions in 25 states apiece for each of the two regions. The East and West Preliminary Championship will be held with parallel schedules at two sites next weekend.

NCAA track and field fans can watch a live stream of the NCAA Division I East and/or West Preliminary Championships as FloTrack Pro subscribers. The subscription will include access to all FloTrack live broadcasts, video on-demand from all events, documentaries, technique videos and more. Coverage of the preliminary competitions will be available May 23 – 25

Men’s entries (20)
Seed. Name: Seed time/mark


20. Jacob Smith: 20.68


4. Dwight St. Hillaire: 45.47


7. Ben Young: 3:42.62

35. Kendall Muhammad: 3:45.35

3k steeplechase
19. Matthew Thomas: 8:53.48

44. Brennan Fields: 8:59.84

110m hurdles

1. Daniel Roberts: 13.07

7. Tai Brown: 13.62

18. Caleb Wilt: 13.85

4x100m relay 
11. UK: 39.50

4x400m relay

15. UK: 3:07.50

High Jump
18. Rahman Minor: 7’1.5”/2.17m

Pole Vault
17. Matt Peare: 17’2.75”/5.25m

Shot Put
6. Charles Lenford Jr.: 64’3.25”/19.59m

7. Noah Castle: 63’10.5”/19.47m

16. Josh Sobota: 60’10.75”/18.56m

7. Charles Lenford Jr.: 192’2”/58.58m

18. Noah Castle: 183’7”/55.96m

27. Josh Sobota: 179’0”/54.55m


10. Elijah Marta: 233’6”/71.17m

Women’s entries (25)
Seed. Name: Seed time/mark

Women’s 100m
4. Kianna Gray: 11.06

19. Celera Barnes: 11.33

Women’s 200m
4. Abby Steiner: 22.59

7. Kianna Gray: 22.87

14. Chloe Abbott: 23.12

20. Celera Barnes: 23.31

Women’s 400m

3. Chloe Abbott: 51.59

Women’s 100m Hurdles
6. Faith Ross: 12.89

9. Masai Russell: 13.02

Women’s 400m Hurdles
5. Faith Ross: 57.38

6. Masai Russell: 57.57

Women’s 4x100m relay
2. UK: 43.11

Women’s 4x400m relay

4. UK: 3:30.81

Women’s High Jump
5. Ellen Ekholm: 5’11.5”/1.82m

11. Carly Hinkle: 5’11.25”/1.81m

Women’s Pole Vault
30. Jaci Bickett: 13’3.5”/4.05m

Women’s Long Jump
17. Zhane Smith: 20’9”/6.32m

25. Tatiana Aholou: 20’5.25”/6.23m

28. Marie-Josée Ebwea-Bile Excel: 20’4.5”/6.21m

Women’s Triple Jump

5. Marie-Josée Ebwea-Bile Excel: 44’11”/13.69m

Women’s Shot Put

11. Nicole Fautsch: 55’0”/16.76m

26. Molly Leppelmeier: 52’10”/16.10m

Women’s Discus

15. Nicole Fautsch: 176’4”/53.76m

29. Molly Leppelmeier: 168’9”/51.43m

Women’s Hammer Throw
35. Molly Leppelmeier: 199’0”/60.67m

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