May 23, 2012

Brackets | NCAA East Prelims Central

OXFORD, Ohio - Looking to secure a berth in the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, six members of the Miami University men's track and field team head south to Jacksonville, Fla. this Thursday to Saturday to compete in the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds. The six RedHawks who earned a trip to the East Prelims are seniors Jordan Goffena, Nathan Hoch and Adam Ruiz, junior Jarrod Eick and sophomores Jahquil Hargrove and Rob Stein. The six qualifiers are Miami's most since putting six in the regional in 2008.

The NCAA East Preliminary Rounds, which serve as the first and second rounds of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, are held at the University of North Florida's Hodges Stadium. A total of 48 athletes are entered in each event at both the East and West Prelims with the fields being determined based on the top times and marks earned throughout the outdoor season. The top 12 finishers in each event at both prelims advance to the NCAA Championships. The West Prelims are being held in Austin, Texas and are hosted by the University of Texas this weekend, as well.

The highest-seeded RedHawk in any event is Hargrove (Norristown, Pa.), as he qualified 25th in the 400m dash. He did so with a school-record time of 46.62, which he ran May 12 at the MAC Championships, earning him the 400m MAC crown. He broke a school record that had stood since 1988. Hargrove is one of just two Mid-American Conference athletes entered in the 400m and has the top MAC time. He will run in the first round on Thursday, May 24 at 7:20 p.m. and needs to finish in the top three in his heat or have one of the next nine fastest times after the top three in each heat to advance to the quarterfinals, which are run Friday, May 25 at 6 p.m.

The RedHawks have two competitors in the discus as Hoch (Logan, Ohio) is seeded 34th in the region while Stein (Villa Park, Ill.) is 46th. Hoch clinched a spot with a heave of 52.94m/173-8, which he recorded May 12 at the MAC Championships to place fifth. His mark also ranks seventh in school history. Stein just made the cut with a throw of 51.99m/170-7, which he logged April 13 at the Jesse Owens Classic. His mark ranks 10th all-time at Miami. A total of six MAC athletes qualified in the discus, which will be held Thursday, May 24 at 1 p.m. with the top 16 moving on to a three-attempt final in hopes of making the top 12. Both Hoch and Stein qualified for the East Prelims in the discus last year, as well, and are the first RedHawks to compete at the East Prelims this year.

Goffena (Sidney, Ohio) is one of three RedHawks who nabbed the 48th and final qualifying spot. He did so in the 110m hurdles and was actually a late edition to the field as he was not listed on the original qualifying list announced last Thursday, but was added Monday after the 47th seed was scratched, moving Goffena up from 49th to 48th. He earned the spot with his time of 14.23, which he clocked March 24 at the Vanderbilt Black & Gold Invitational and ranks him third in school history in the event. Goffena is the only representative from the MAC in the field and runs in the first round Friday, May 25 at 5 p.m. Should he advance to the quarterfinals by finishing in the top three in his heat or posting one of the next nine fastest times after the top three in each heat, he would run again Saturday, May 26 at 7:05 p.m.

The second 48th seed is Ruiz (Mascoutah, Ill.) in the hammer throw. He qualified with a heave of 57.98m/190-3, which ranks fifth in school history and was recorded in front of the home fans at the RedHawk Invitational April 28. He is one of six MAC athletes in the hammer throw while he also competed in last year's NCAA East Prelims in the shot put. The hammer throw is set for Friday, May 25 at 10 a.m. with the top 16 moving on to a three-attempt final where the top 12 will emerge.

Eick (Hartville, Ohio) is the last 48th seed, and like Goffena, was not on the original qualifying list but due to scratches found out he made the field in the 1500m run on Wednesday. His time of 3:46.32 that he clocked April 13 at the Jesse Owens Classic punched his ticket to Jacksonville while it also ranks him sixth in school history. Eick is the lone MAC representative in the field and will run in the first round Thursday, May 24 at 5:30 p.m. Should he finish in the top five in his heat or have one of next four best times after the top five in each heat, he would advance to the quarterfinals, which are run Saturday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Live results for the prelims will be available on MURedHawks.com. The final field of 24 for each event (top 12 from both prelims) will meet in Des Moines, Iowa June 6-9 for the NCAA Championships, hosted by Drake University.

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