Santa Barbara, Calif. - UC Santa Barbara Track and Field will be sending three well seasoned athletes to Sacramento State this week to compete at the 2019 NCAA Division 1 Outdoor Track and Field Prelims taking place Thursday, May 23 through Saturday, May 25 at Hornet Stadium, host site of last year's regional meet as well as the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Trials and the 2014 US Outdoor Track and Field Championships. All three athletes will contend in the qualifying rounds of the regional meet in order to vye for the opportunity to advance to the NCAA Division 1 Outdoor Track and Field Championships taking place on June 5th through June 8th in Austin, Texas.
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The top 48 athletes and the top 24 relay teams from each of the two regions (with the East Regional taking place at the same time in Jacksonville, Florida) will attempt to garner a top-12 spot in their respective events to qualify for nationals, totaling out to 24 individual spots and 24 relay spots up for grabs.
UC Santa Barbara Competitors and Start Times (PST)
Katie Camarena (1500m) Thursday, May 23rd, 5:30 pm
4 Heats. Advance top 5 from each heat plus next 4 times to quarter final. Advance top 5 from each quarter final plus next 2 best times.
Camarena comes into the 1500m fresh off tripling at the Big West Conference Championships where she placed third in the 1500m, second in the 5000m, and first in the steeplechase. Save her 1500m prelim and final at the conference meet, Camarena has progressively gotten faster with each subsequent 1500m she's raced this year, her fastest being a 4:24.68 personal best clocking at the Cal Poly Dual in late April. With her slew of recent top notch performances, she'll be prime to possibly slip into a qualifying spot for Saturday's quarterfinal round.
Hope Bender (Long Jump) Thursday, May 23rd, 6:45 pm
4 seeded flights. Random jump order. Single round. 3 attempts. Advance top 12 placers from final. No ties.
(100m Hurdles) Friday, May 24th, 4:00 pm
6 Heats. Advance top 3 from each heat plus next 6 times to quarter final. Advance top 3 from each quarter final plus next best 3 times.
Hope is in an opportune position at the regional meet thanks to already qualifying for nationals with her 5940 point heptathlon score she set earlier this year at the Bryan Clay Invitational, putting her at third in the nation in the heptathlon for Division 1. She's made great strides in both events, most recently in the long jump where she won that event, along with the heptathlon and the 400m hurdles, in a UCSB No. 2 All-Time mark of 6.29m (20' 7.75") at the conference championships. With both of these events being in the heptathlon, she'll be keen to stay sharp for these particular events in preparation for nationals.
Kordell Hampton (Discus Throw) Friday, May 24th, 4:00 pm
3 seeded flights. Random throw order. Single round. 3 attempts. Advance top 12 placers from final. No ties.
Kordell is no stranger to the regional meet as this will be his third outing after finishing 16th in 2018 and 14th in 2017 for the discus. Going into his final year, Kordell has yet to produce the same display of power he had in 2018 where he broke his own discus school record twice, throwing 57.06m (187' 2") back at the Beach Invitational in 2018. Even with a current season best of 55.24m (181' 3") from the Big West Challenge Cup however, all it takes is one good throw to get to Austin, Texas, and it could be that this year Kordell may be saving his best throws for last to get to the national championships.