CEDAR CITY, Utah - Southern Utah University track & field will be represented by seven athletes in nine events this weekend at the NCAA Track & Field Championship Preliminaries in Austin, Texas. The group includes four men and three women that rank within the top 48 in the western United States.
Headlining the group is Cameron Levins, the national leader in the men’s 5k and 10k. The senior blazed to times of 13:18.47 in the 5k and 27:27.96 in the 10k earlier this season, leading to Canadian Olympic qualifying standards for the upcoming Summer games in London.
Joining Levins on the track will be Preston Myers in the 100- and 200-meters. Myers captured individual titles in both events at the Summit League Outdoor Track & Field Championships earlier this month.
The men will also be represented in a pair of field events with Cody Olsen throwing the javelin and Chris Johnson competing in the shot put. Like Myers, Johnson recorded a gold-medal finish in the shot put at the Summit League Championships.
On the women’s side, Diana Medina-Mitchell and Jamie Smith will run for the Thunderbirds in the women’s 5k. Medina-Mitchell is the current school record holder in the event, running to a time of 16:15.24 earlier this year, a time that ranks just outside the top 15 in the nation.
Kayla Kovar will appear in two field events, throwing the women’s shot put and hammer. Kovar took home gold medals in both events at the Summit League Championships along with an individual title in the discus. Kovar is already the school record holder in the women’s shot put with a mark of 51 feet 7.25 inches recorded earlier this season.
The 10k, shot put and javelin finals and the 100-meter preliminaries are scheduled for Thursday, the 100-meter finals and 200-meter preliminaries are set for Friday and the 5k, 200-meter finals and women’s hammer will take place on Saturday. Fans can follow the competition via a live stat link online at www.suutbirds.com.
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