Tulane Outdoor Track & Field qualifies nine to NCAA East Regional

Tulane Outdoor Track & Field qualifies nine to NCAA East Regional

Seven women and two men will compete for the Green Wave in Lexington, matching last year's total of nine athletes slated to travel to the regional meet.

Entries for the East and West preliminary meets include the top 48 declared athletes in each region for individual events, as well as the top 24 declared 4x100 and 4x400 meter relay squads.

The three-day meet serves as the qualifying meet for the NCAA Division I Outdoor Championships, which will take place June 7-10 at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.

Following her sweep of the hurdling events at last weekend's American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships, Duckett will return to regional competition for the second consecutive year, as she ranks 21st and 13th in the 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles, respectively.

The national first round heats of the 800 meters take place on Thursday, May 25 at 8:10 p.m., while the quarterfinal heats are scheduled for Friday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m. Joubert ranks sixth-all time at Tulane in the javelin. Her last individual appearance at an NCAA meet was the 2016 indoor championships where she was the runner-up in the Mile and a second team All-American in the 3000 meters. Murtagh recently finished as the MVC runner-up in the high jump for the second time in his career last week. Her fastest time this season is 4:14.11 at the Florida Relays in March, and she has also run a personal best time of 2:04.22 in the 800 meters this season. She previously competed at the meet in the 5000 meters last season.

The Sycamore women, meanwhile, have three bonafide national qualifiers in Taylor Austin, Brooke Moore and Alethia Marrero.

Foster qualified with a school-record pole vault of 13-03.75 (4.06) on April 13 at Long Beach State's Pacific Coast Intercollegiate Meet. Moore was qualified for both the 800 and 1500, but will focus on the latter with her time of 4:20.02 - the 20th-best on the East qualifying list.

Parker qualified for the 800 meters following her school-record performance at the Wisconsin Alumni Classic back on May 5.

On the men's side, the Blue Devils will be represented by seniors Dylan Murphy (800m) and Connor Hall (pole vault) and sophomores Rivers Ridout (high jump), Jeremy McDuffie (triple jump) and Nicholas Solfanelli (javelin). Marrero is a veteran of both the regional meet and the national championships, with her most productive year being 2015, where she shattered the MVC record in the 800 at 2:02.67 to win the East Prelim and then went on to finish fifth in a historically fast 800 final at the NCAA Championships (where OR freshman Raevyn Rogers ran the fastest time by a freshman in NCAA history at 1:59.71 to win).