The Arizona State men’s and women’s track & field team is in Austin, Texas, for the first rounds of NCAA Championships. The Sun Devils are competing in the NCAA West Preliminaries. Events began Thursday at Mike A. Myers Stadium and will continue through Saturday.
The NCAA Preliminaries serve as the qualifying or advancement rounds for the NCAA Championships, which will take place in Eugene, Ore., beginning June 5.
The top 48 student-athletes per event per region (East and West) advance to the NCAA Preliminaries where the fields will face off in an elimination format until only 12 student-athletes per event in each region are remaining. The remaining 24 final student -athletes will meet in Eugene for the NCAA Finals. The lone exception to this rule is the relay events, where only the top 24 relays per region have advanced to the preliminaries with 12 eventually advancing to the finals.
The Arizona State team includes student-athlete Nick Happe, who was named the Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year for Men’s Track and Field. Happe is the only individual in ASU history to post top-five marks indoors in the mile, 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters. He holds the school record in the mile (3:58.73) and 3,000 meters (7:52.18) and clocked the fifth-fastest 1,500-meter time in school history at the Sun Angel Classic in a time of 3:42.78, a time that currently ranks in the top-30 nationally in one of the nation’s most stacked events. Happe is a two-time second team All-American in indoor track and a two-time All-West Region runner in cross country, having done so for the second time this past fall.