BYU hosts Youngstown State in Last Chance Meet

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Athletes will have one final chance to qualify for NCAA events this weekend at the Last Chance Meet. (BYU Photo)

BYU will host Youngstown State and other unaffiliated athletes in the Last Chance Meet this weekend. in the final competition before the NCAA West Preliminary.

The event is the final competition before the NCAA West Preliminary and gives athletes one more opportunity to qualify for NCAA events.

“This is a great opportunity for our athletes who have qualified for the regional meet to sharpen their performances by running an event two weeks out from the first round of the NCAAs,” said BYU coach Ed Eyestone. “It’s also a great opportunity for those that have been close to the border – it gives them one more opportunity to get a qualifying mark.”

Last week, Youngstown State won Horizon League titles in both the men and women categories.

It was the women’s team’s fourth-consecutive title and the men’s team’s second-consecutive.

Qualifications for the NCAA West Preliminary require respective athletes to have a time in the top-48 in the west region and relay teams to rank in the top-24.

David Graham (800m), Raul Rios (pole vault), Trevor Fuhriman (1500m), Jake Jarvis (pole vault) and Jacob Barnes (javelin) of the BYU men’s track team are candidates for qualification in their individual events and are hopeful to improve in this upcoming meet.

Madelyn Brooks (800m), McKenna Neyman (800m) and Kylee Trageser (pole vault) of the BYU women’s track team hope to qualify as well.

More than 40 BYU athletes have obtained qualifying marks but the Last Chance Meet provides an opportunity for these athletes to improve their athletic capabilities—although some may choose not to compete.

The Last Chance Meet will be held this Friday and Saturday on campus at the Clarence F. Robison Track.

This year’s NCAA West Preliminary is in Austin, Texas, and will begin on May 25.

From there, athletes can qualify for the NCAA Track and Field Championships which are held in Eugene, Oregon, from June 7-10.