The Arizona State University track and field programs will have a large presence in the first round of the NCAA Championships next week in Austin, Texas. A total of 40 Sun Devil student-athletes will be entered into the competition.
Arizona State will compete in the West Preliminaries beginning Thursday, May 23, with 20 entries on both the men’s and women’s sides.
For the No. 10 women, ASU will have three athletes ranked as the No. 1 entries in the West in their respective events. They include Christabel Nettey (long jump), Anna Jelmini (discus) and Chelsea Cassulo (hammer). All three are coming off Pac-12 championships in those events, and are currently ranked No. 1 in the nation in their respective categories.
The NCAA Preliminary rounds work as an elimination format for track and field, with student-athletes having to advance out of the preliminaries and quarterfinal rounds in order to advance to the semifinals and finals at the NCAA Championship Finals. The nation is split into an East and West Region, with the top 48 student-athletes per event and the top 24 relays over the course of the season per region advancing to the Preliminary Rounds.
At the NCAA Preliminaries, the top 12 student-athletes per event and top 12 relays per region after the preliminary round will earn a qualification to the NCAA Championships.