Weber State’s track and field team will send three athletes to the NCAA national championship meet next month after qualified performances this weekend at the NCAA West Regional hosted by Sacramento State.
Tawnie Moore, a senior hurdler from Fremont High School, ran the 100 meter hurdles in 13.13 seconds Saturday night to finish fifth in the event and advance to nationals.
Moore, who holds the school and Big Sky record in the event at 13.11, also ran a 13.13 mark Friday to advance to Saturday’s race.
Kate Sorensen, a sophomore hurdler from Gunnison, ran a school-record 57.46 in the 400 meter hurdles Friday. That tied her for 10th place and will send her to the national meet scheduled June 5-8 in Austin, Texas.
The top three times from each of the three heats automatically qualified to advance. While Sorensen finished fourth in her heat, her time was the best time in the rest of the pack. The next three best times also qualified, so Sorensen’s season continues. She ran a 58.57 in a preliminary round Thursday to get to Friday’s race.
Nathan Dunivan, a senior thrower from Colorado Springs, came several feet short of his season best in the discus Friday but it was still good enough to qualify him for the national meet. Dunivan threw 182 feet, 11 inches, which was the eighth-best mark in the 48-man field.
Lindsey Johnson and Paige Van Meeteren (high jump, 5-07), Emily Morgan (100 meters, 11.74), Lexie Thompson (10,000 meters, 34:48.67), Tracen Warnick (1,500 meters, 3:51.74) and Keaton Pace (javelin, 195-07) also competed for Weber State but did not place high enough to advance to nationals.