Seven Mountaineers have qualified for the NCAA East Preliminary Round, set for May 22-25 at the University of Kentucky. The athletes include Ashlee Osaji, Niejel Wilkins, Taylor Smith, Chris Wainscott, Ava Studney, Harrison Robinson, and Matthew Gray. The events they will compete in range from pole vault and shot put to hurdles and long jumps. Notably, each participant holds either school or personal records, positioning them as strong contenders in their categories.

By the Numbers
  • Harrison Robinson's 110-meter hurdles best: 13.93 seconds.
  • Matthew Gray's pole vault school record: 5.34 meters.
  • Ashlee Osaji's long jump record: 6.54 meters.
  • Chris Wainscott's shot put best: 17.95 meters.
  • App State athletes aiming for top-12 placements to advance.
Yes, But

Despite their strong records, the competition will be intense, featuring top athletes from various schools. Winds, weather, and venue conditions could influence performances. Not all participants have previous experience at this level, which could impact nerves and outcomes.

State of Play
  • Competition starts with Robinson in the men's 110-meter hurdles.
  • First rounds of pole vault and shot put scheduled for Wednesday.
  • Long jump and pole vault for women set for Thursday.
What's Next

The top-12 finishers in each event will advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, from June 5-8. Successful athletes will have a chance to compete at a national level and enhance their schools' reputations.

Bottom Line

This preliminary round is critical for achieving national prominence and showcases the depth of talent at App State. While many participants hold significant records, they must perform under pressure to advance to the NCAA Championships.