Oregon will send 48 athletes to Sacramento next week for the NCAA West Preliminary Track & Field meet as the Ducks work to solidify their NCAA Outdoor Championships roster.
Overall, Oregon has 61 qualifiers — the most in the NCAA — including 30 women, 27 men, four relay teams and nine athletes who will double up in individual events during the May 24-26 meet at Hornet Stadium.
For the defending NCAA outdoor champion women’s team, sprinters Ariana Washington, Lauren Rain Williams and Jasmin Reed are entered in the 100 and 200, and Samantha Nadel is entered in the 5,000 and 10,000.
For the Oregon men, Pac-12 100 champion Cravon Gillespie is also in the 200, with Rieker Daniel doing the sprint double as well. Pac-12 long jump champion Damarcus Simpson is also in the 100, Tristan James is in the triple jump and long jump, and Jackson Mestler is in the 3,000 steeplechase and 5,000.
Other entries of note include Katie Rainsberger in the 1,500. The sophomore, who was fourth at the NCAA Outdoor meet last season, is running herself into shape after missing four months with Achilles and ankle injuries. But with a season-best of 4 minutes, 23.03 seconds, she needed some dropouts on the West Prelim descending order list to make the meet.
Also of note, Pac-12 women’s 200 champion Makenzie Dunmore is only entered in the 400, where she has the second-fastest time at 50.63.
The top 12 finishers in each event advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene on June 6-9.