Watch to Watch For: #ncaaTF Championships

Watch to Watch For: #ncaaTF Championships

ELMHURST, Ill. – As far as stadium names go, there might not be a more aptly named sporting venue than what the University of Oregon has to offer in Historic Hayward Field.

This week, all the attention track & field fans can muster shifts to Eugene and the site of the 2018 NCAA Division I Championships. It has been an entertaining season thus far, but the 14 Summit Leaguers that traveled to the pacific northwest to compete on the sport's biggest stage are not in attendance for a mere participation trophy. Instead, they are looking to contribute to the legacy of Hayward Field with their own memorable, historic moment.

The meet begins tomorrow with the men's hammer throw at 4 p.m. CT. North Dakota State's Jacob McBride—making his NCAA Championship debut—is first up among the league athletes, stepping into the hammer circle after setting a personal-best in the preliminary round in Sacramento two weeks ago with a 209' 10" (63.95m) toss.

While the majority of league competitors are making their first-ever appearance at NCAA Outdoor Championships—such as Omaha's Stephanie Ahrens, who is the first Maverick to qualify for NCAAs in the Division I era—there are a couple who have familiarized themselves with the national competition.

One needs to look no further than South Dakota's Chris Nilsen, a three-time USTFCCCA First-Team All-America pole vaulter who ranks No.1 in the NCAA this season and No. 4 globally. Nilsen, who is a sophomore academically but already boasts the résumé of a grizzled veteran, competes tomorrow in search of his second-career national title in the pole vault. The 2018 Bowerman Pre-NCAA Championship Watch List competitor is setting his sights on a higher finish than the third-place mark he recorded at this meet a year ago.

Nilsen's teammate Helen Falda and NDSU's Alyssa Olin are also making their second-career appearances at NCAA Outdoors. Falda claimed first-team All-America status at nationals in 2017 following an eighth-place performance as a member of the UT Arlington squad. Olin was named a second-team All-American after placing 12th in the javelin last season. Both Falda and Olin won the 2018 league crown in their individual event categories.

Here is a full schedule of when each league athlete competes this week:

Jacob McBride

North Dakota State

Hammer

Wednesday

4:00 p.m.

Jake David

South Dakota

Pole Vault

Wednesday

7:00 p.m.

Chris Nilsen

South Dakota

Pole Vault

Wednesday

7:00 p.m.

Israel Nelson

Oral Roberts

110mH (Semi's)

Wednesday

7:32 p.m.

Payton Otterdahl

North Dakota State

Shot Put

Wednesday

8:40 p.m.

Lara Boman

South Dakota

Hammer

Thursday

3:30 p.m.

Maddy Nilles

North Dakota State

Hammer

Thursday

3:30 p.m.

Helen Falda

South Dakota

Pole Vault

Thursday

6:30 p.m.

Rachel King

South Dakota State

3000m Steeple (Semis)

Thursday

6:32 p.m.

Alyssa Olin

North Dakota State

Javelin

Thursday

7:15 p.m.

Mercy Abire

Oral Roberts

Long Jump

Thursday

7:30 p.m.

Zack Anderson

South Dakota

High Jump

Friday

7:00 p.m.

Ben Hammer

South Dakota

Discus

Friday

7:05 p.m.

Payton Otterdahl

North Dakota State

Discus

Friday

7:05 p.m.

*Israel Nelson

Oral Roberts

110mH (Finals)

Friday

8:12 p.m.

Stephanie Ahrens

Omaha

High Jump

Saturday

5:00 p.m.

*Rachel King

South Dakota State

3000m Steeple (Finals)

Saturday

5:54 p.m.

All Times CT

*If necessary


HOW TO WATCH

Additionally, fans can immerse themselves in the entire NCAA Outdoor Championships experience by clicking on the following links:

Watch Live / Broadcast Info

Link

Live Stats

Link

Schedule of Events

Link

Meet Program / Start Lists

Women / Men

Championship Central

Link

 


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