"We're very excited about the opportunity to take a large number of our athletes to compete at the national meet," UW coach Ed Nuttycombe said. "It bodes well for having the opportunity to be a top-10 program."
Senior Matt Tegenkamp highlights a group consisting mostly of distance runners. Tegenkamp currently owns the nation's best time in the 5,000 meters in 13 minutes, 36.48 seconds, which is a school and conference record and the second-fastest time run by an American college student. He will also compete in the 3,000 meters, where he is seeded fifth with a 7:51.75.
Sophomore sprinter Demi Omole (event: 60 meters; best time: 6.62 seconds) junior Alonzo Moore (triple jump; 52-0 ½ feet), junior Rick Bellford (triple jump; 52-0 ½ feet), sophomore Joe Thomas (shot put; 62 0 ½ feet), and junior Ben Roland (heptathlon; 5,414 points) have also qualified for the NCAA meet.