A three-day meet, this year’s NCAA East Region Preliminary is held in Lexington, Ky. on the University of Kentucky’s campus. The event runs May 25-27.
The top-ranked RedHawk regionally in any event, Strickler had a resurgent season after battling injuries a year ago. The senior is making her third appearance at the preliminary meet and ranks 10th in the region in the shot put with a school-record 55-7 that she achieved at the MAC Outdoor Championships, where she finished runner-up and earned Second-Team All-MAC honors. Strickler advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2015 and was a qualifier for the NCAA Indoor Championships in the shot put this season.
The only MAC champion on the team who is not a senior, Collier’s sophomore season has seen tremendous gains as she makes her NCAA Preliminary debut this weekend. She already owns the schools second-best mark in the javelin and won the title at the MAC Outdoor Championships with a toss of 164-9, which ranks 13th in the region.
Jimson-Miller claimed her first career MAC title in her final conference meet a week ago and soared up the regional rankings in the process. Ranked 73rd in the region a week ago, Jimson-Miller won the 100m hurdles by setting a new school and meet record with a time of 13.26. That moved her up to 20th in the region as she makes her second preliminary appearance and is seeded 17th this time around.
Coming off her first MAC title in the hammer throw, Szekely is making her NCAA Preliminary debut thanks to rewriting Miami’s record book on the back of her 198-7 throw at the Penn Relays, which has her seeded 22nd in this meet. Her winning throw at the MAC Championships last weekend was 197-1.
Darling returns to the NCAA Preliminary in the shot put after a strong season pairing with Strickler in the event. Her season best throw of 51-7 put her in third place at the MAC Outdoor Championships and she is presently seeded 33rd in the region.
Minosky is making his NCAA Preliminary debut in the 400m hurdles when he clocked a personal-best 52.30 in the preliminary round at last week’s MAC Outdoor Championships, ultimately finishing fifth in the finals. That new personal best moved him up to 43rd in the region and he is seeded 41st in the meet.
A qualifier for the NCAA Cross Country Championship in the fall, Scavuzzo is making her NCAA Preliminary debut on the track in the 10,000m. Running the event just once this season, the junior clocked 34:38.19 at the Mt. SAC Relays, a time that ranks 43rd in the region (seeded 36th).
Dusing is coming off a runner-up finish in the 1500m at the MAC Outdoor Championships a week ago, garnering Second-Team All-MAC recognition in the process. His 3:45.07 time in the event at the Virginia Challenge ranks 44th in the region and he is seeded 32nd in the race. He will also run the 5000m thanks to his personal-best 14:10.24 from the San Francisco State Distance Carnival, which has him seeded 41st in the race.
After clocking a personal-best 9:01.31 in the steeplechase at the MAC Outdoor Championships, Bromley is set to make his postseason debut next weekend. His time gave him a third-place finish in the conference meet and has him ranked 44th in the region and he is seeded 40th in the meet.
The top-12 finishers in both NCAA Preliminary meets punch their tickets to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which run June 7-10 in Eugene, Ore.