Countdown to California: A-State freshman Sydney Lane prepares for NCAA West Prelims

Countdown to California: A-State freshman Sydney Lane prepares for NCAA West Prelims

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - 17 Red Wolves are in the field for the NCAA West Prelims starting Thursday. I’ll profile some Arkansas State track standouts competing for a spot in nationals.

One of them is a former Rivercrest Colt. Sydney Lane was walking at graduation this time last year. She finished 3rd in the high jump earlier this month at the Sun Belt Championships.

Lane’s best leap of 5 feet, 9.25 inches is good for top 75 nationally.

“It’s really exciting,” Lane said. “I honestly never thought I would get to this point, I didn’t know if I would make it into regionals. And being able to go to a meet like this, and being able to compete with all these amazing jumpers is just really exciting. I think this year is mostly just an adjustment for me. Learning how to compete at this kinda level, and learning how different it is than high school.”

Dr. Jim Patchell is impressed with Sydney’s progress. “Outstanding. As a freshman, any time you make the regional championship as a freshman, that is a great accomplishment. Has some improvement to do, that’s natural when you’re that young. But to be able to compete at this level that young, we’re excited about that.”

Sydney competes Thursday at 5:30. You can see all the Red Wolves heading to NCAA West Prelims below.

NCAA West Preliminary Round - Hornet Stadium | Sacramento, Calif.

Men

110m Hurdles: Amari James | First Round – May 24 7:00 PM (CT), Quarterfinal – May 25 9:20 PM (CT)

3000m Steeplechase: Bennett Pascoe | Quarterfinal – May 24 11:00 PM (CT)

4x100m Relay: Amari James, Ke’Von Holder, Jermie Walker, Courtney Thomas | Quarterfinal – May 25 8:15 PM (CT)

High Jump: Tiaan Steenkamp | First Round – May 25 6:00 PM (CT)

Pole Vault: Michael Carr | First Round – May 23 6:30 PM (CT)

Long Jump: Carter Shell and Courtney Thomas | First Round – May 23 5:30 PM (CT)

Triple Jump: Carter Shell | First Round – May 25 8:30 PM (CT)

Women

100m Dash: Caitland Smith | First Round – May 23 8:30 PM (CT), Quarterfinal – May 24 8:00 PM (CT)

200m Dash: Caitland Smith | First Round – May 24 9:30 PM (CT), Quarterfinal – May 25 9:35 PM (CT)

4x100m Relay: Caitland Smith, Osereme Erewele, Jonae Cook, Kerra Williams | Quarterfinal – May 25 8:00 PM (CT)

High Jump: Sydney Lane | First Round – May 23 5:30 PM (CT)

Triple Jump: Imani Udoumana | First Round – May 25 5:00 PM (CT)

Shot Put: Grace Flowers | First Round – May 25 7:15 PM (CT)

Discus Throw: Grace Flowers and Babette Vandeput | First Round – May 24 2:00 PM (CT)

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