Shockers conclude NCAA West Prelims


Rachel Rudisill

Senior Michael Bryan launches his hammer in the Men’s Hammer throw competion of the AAC Championship. Bryan finished first place on May 13 with a 69.22m throw.

Two Wichita State track athletes will be moving onto the final round of the NCAA Championships after competing in the NCAA West Preliminaries in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

Senior Michael Bryan finished third place with a hammer throw of 69.32m in the first round. His placement has qualified him for the NCAA Championships. Last season, Bryan threw 66.3m to claim ninth place.

Sophomore Taran Taylor will also be traveling to the NCAA Championships in the javelin. Taylor locked in a second-place finish in the first round after he threw 73.44m. Last season, Taylor placed 24th with a throw of 61.86m.

Senior Amanda Kakoulias wrapped up her collegiate career with a 35th-place finish in the women’s shot put. She threw 15.27m, a new personal best. Kakoulias’s previous best was 14.79m which placed her second on the WSU All-Time Top 10 List in 2019.

On Friday, freshman Matt Everett kicked off the day for the Shockers with his first NCAA Prelims appearance. He placed 27th with a shot put throw of 52.88m.

Freshman Brady Palen and redshirt junior Davis Dubbert competed in the high jump. Palen took 17th place after he cleared a 2.10m jump. Dubber finished 45th-place, ending his collegiate career. He cleared 2.00m.

Junior Yuben Goncalves finished 23rd-place in the triple jump after he leaped 15.39m.

To wrap up the competition, the women’s 4×100-meter relay finished 18th place. The team composed of Faith Turner, Paula Garcia, Sydney Johnson and Brianna Utecht finished with a time of 45.43 seconds.

Bryan and Taylor will travel to Eugene, Oregon, to compete in the NCAA Outdoor Championships. The competition will be held June 8-11 at Hayward Field. The two will compete on June 8.