Walker, Ingvaldsen Punch Tickets to Austin on Day One of NCAA West Preliminary

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Juniors Jullane Walker (long jump) and Helene Ingvaldsen (hammer throw) punched their tickets to the NCAA Track and Field Outdoor Championships in Austin, Texas on Thursday, while three individuals qualified for Friday’s quarterfinals on day one of the NCAA West Preliminary in Sacramento, California.
Walker, of Kingston, Jamaica, solidified his first qualification to the NCAA Championships in the men’s long jump, while Ingvaldsen, of Bergen, Norway, earned her third trip to the NCAA Championships in the women’s hammer throw.
Competing in the first flight of the men’s long jump, Walker took the lead in the event on his second jump, where he recorded a mark of 7.53m/24-08.50. On his next attempt, Walker broke through with a huge personal best and the No. 8 jump in K-State outdoor history, reaching 7.78m/25-06.25 to finish fourth and earn a spot in the NCAA Championships.

Later in the day in the women’s hammer throw, the Wildcats solidified their second NCAA Championship qualifier on Thursday, when Ingvaldsen recorded a throw of 61.52m/201-10 on her final throw of the second flight. Ingvaldsen’s throw was the second-best of her season, earning her a spot in her third-career NCAA Championships.
After earning a trip to Austin in the men’s long jump, Walker continued his impressive day in the men’s 100 meters first round, where he earned a spot in the quarterfinal round on Friday. Walker ran a personal best 10.29 to place second in his heat and sixth overall going into Friday’s quarterfinal, which takes place at 8:15 p.m. CT.
In the women’s 800 meters, redshirt freshman Kassidy Johnson earned her way into Friday’s 800 meter quarterfinal, running a 2:07.86 to auto-qualify. Johnson’s time was the second-fastest in her heat and 22nd overall, as she looks to place in the top-12 of tomorrow’s quarterfinal, which takes place at 8:30 p.m. CT on Friday. Redshirt freshman Alex Ferguson narrowly missed the quarterfinal qualifier, finishing 23rd in 2:07.88.

Holding the No. 1 time in the NCAA in the women’s 400-meter hurdles, senior Ranae McKenzie came out strong in the first round of the event on Thursday, winning her heat and running the sixth-fastest time overall of 58.21 to qualify for the quarterfinal of the event on Friday at 9:00 p.m. CT.
The Wildcats are back in action on Friday beginning at 2:00 p.m. CT, as eight Wildcats will be in action with their sights set on earning a spot in the NCAA Championships.
For more information on the NCAA West Preliminary, including a full schedule of events and more, click here. The NCAA West Preliminary will stream live on FloTrack, available with a paid subscription here. Live results are available here.
NCAA West Preliminary Day One
Hornet Stadium
Sacramento, Calif.
Women’s High Jump First Round
14. Clare Gibson, 1.75m/5-08.75
30. Morgan Coffman, 1.70m/5-07
34. Shanae McKenzie, 1.70m/5-07
Men’s Long Jump First Round
4. Jullane Walker, 7.78m/25-06.25 (-.1) (P.R) (Eighth in K-State history) (NCAA Qualifier)
26. Tom Pyle, 7.26m/23-10 (-2.4)
Women’s Hammer Throw First Round
11. Helene Ingvaldsen, 61.52m/201-10 (NCAA Qualifier)
36. Shaelyn Ward, 56.38m/185-00
46. Ashley Petr, 48.01m/157-06
Women’s 400-Meter Hurdles First Round
6. Ranae McKenzie, 58.21Q
32. Lavaun Stephenson, 1:00.55
Women’s 100 Meters First Round
46. Asha Cave, 11.97 (.9)
Women’s Long Jump First Round
19. Taishia Pryce, 6.02m/19-09 (1.2)
Men’s 100 Meters First Round
6. Jullane Walker, 10.29Q (.8)
Men’s 400 Meters First Round
30. Antoni Hoyte-Small, 47.39
36. Justin Davis, 47.69
Women’s 800 Meters First Round
22. Kassidy Johnson, 2:07.86Q
23. Alex Ferguson, 2:07.88
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