2019 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships Advancing Participants Announced

By Atlantic 10 Conference

INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country Committee has announced the participants advancing to the 2019 NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Four Atlantic 10 Student-Athletes were among the list of individual finalists, including George Mason's Sarah Moore (400m), Rhode Island's Lotte Black (1,500m), Dayton's Emily Borchers (3,000m), and Massachusetts' Jada Harris (high jump). The George Mason men's 4x400-meter relay team consisting of junior Tyler Benson (1st leg), redshirt-junior Evander Pierre (2nd leg), senior Junias Agyei (3rd leg) and senior Rico Gomez (anchor) was also among the qualifiers on the men's side. 

The participants in individual and relay events qualified through competition at preliminary round sites held May 23-25 in Jacksonville, Florida, and Sacramento, California.  Heptathlon and decathlon participants will compete for the first time at the finals.

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Borchers, just the fourth Flyer student-athlete to qualify for the NCAA national meet for outdoor track and field, will compete in the 3000m Steeplechase this Thursday, June 6 at 7:32 p.m. She will be competing in the first of two heats, each comprised of 12 competitors. The top 12 (the top five from each heat, plus the next two best times) will advance to the finals on Saturday, June 8 at 5:54 p.m.

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Made up of seniors Rico Gomez and Junias Agyei, and juniors Evander Pierre and Tyler Benson, the Patriot relay squad, which captured the A-10 indoor and outdoor titles in 2018-19, will race live on ESPN2 Wednesday night. The 4x400m relay is scheduled for 8:18 p.m. (ET), and the Patriots will suit up in heat three of three. The top-2 teams in each heat, plus the next two fastest times advance to Friday's championship final.

Then, on Thursday, Moore returns to the NCAA Championship track after gaining valuable experience in the event during the 2018 meet in Eugene, Oregon. The Silver Spring, Md., native qualified for Austin after running a 52.74 during her 400m quarterfinal. A 13-time A-10 champion and the 2018-19 A-10 title winner in both the indoor and outdoor 400-meter dash, Moore will look to end her legendary Mason career in solid fashion this week. She placed 20th in her NCAA Championship debut in 2018.

Moore races Thursday at 9:30 p.m. (ET) in the first of three heats on ESPNU. The top-2 finishers in each heat, plus the next two fastest times move on to Saturday's final.

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Harris punched her ticket to Austin by matching her personal best and UMass school record with a height of 5 feet, 8.75 inches. Harris was the only competitor in her flight to clear the first three heights (5'5", 5'7", 5'8.75") on her first attempts.
The high jump competition at the NCAA Championships is slated for Saturday, June 8, at 6 p.m.

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Rhode Island junior Lotte Black will travel to Austin, Texas to compete in the 1500 meter semi-final Thursday, June 6th at 8:16 p.m. EST. The top five from each heat advance to the final on Saturday, June 8th at 6:41 p.m. EST.

Black is the first track individual in program history to advance to the semi-final round, and the first since Crystal Bourque in 2011. The throwing coach for the Rams was named All-American in the hammer throw. The only other individuals in program history to advance to the semi-final rounds were Jasmine Jennings ('08 hammer, '09 hammer) and Sarah Thornton ('08 hammer).

OUTDOOR PRELIMS: Results from DI men's and women's preliminaries

The NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships are scheduled for June 5-8 in Austin, Texas.

The complete list of participants is available on the following website.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: 10 student-athletes to keep your eye on at the DI championships

For more information regarding the Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships, including how to purchase tickets, log on to NCAA.com/trackandfield

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