In just two weeks, Southern Utah University's Nate Jewkes will be headed to the NCAA National Championship, after a sixth-place qualifying time of 30:07.04 in the 10k competition on Thursday night at the NCAA first round, hosted by the University of Texas.
This berth marks the second consecutive year SUU will be represented in the event after All-American Cam Levins won the race in 2012. Jewkes entered the NCAA first round race ranked No. 7 in the West and needed to finish in the top 12 to clinch a spot in the national championships. He will now compete in Eugene, Ore., at 6:15 p.m. (MST) on Thursday, June 6.
In other championship qualifier races, sprinters Shaun Murray and Preston Myers missed out on qualifying marks in the men's 100-meter dash. Murray was fractions of a second off the pace, missing the cut by .007 seconds after finishing his heat with a time of 10.50. Three other competitors also finished with the same time; the deadlock was broken after narrowing the marks to the thousandths of a second. Myers finished his heat with a time of 10.67, but will be back Friday, May 24, in the men's 200-meter dash qualifier.
Myers will be joined on the track for Friday qualifiers by Kodai Kusano in the men's 110-meter hurdle preliminaries and Cedar City's Shaye Maurer-Springall in the qualifying heats of the women's 100-meter hurdles.