SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco West Coast Last Chance Meet is slated for a beautiful weekend in the Bay, with select field events contested Friday at Cal State Stanislaus and races on the track and the remainder of the field events slated for Saturday at San Francisco State's Cox Stadium.
The Dons will host a bevy of competitors locally and regionally, across multiple divisions. Australian Olympian and five-time national champion Steve Solomom will join the field in the 400 meters, slated for Saturday at 12:30 p.m.
USF's athletes to watch include the trio of Ryan Driscoll, Edward Shepherd and Mohamed Aziz toeing the line in the 1,500 meters, Dons' record-holder Hugh Nicklason taking off in the 800 and All-American Alex Short racing at the 5,000 meter distance.
For the women, USF's Asaundra Dalton will compete in the 200, Elena Burkard and Emma Stahr are in the 800 meter field, and Magdalena Dias will round the track in the 3,000 meter steeplechase. Fresh off running the fastest 5,000 meter time in the country, Charlotte Taylor joins the combine 10,000 meters, and Tatjana Schulte makes her debut at the long distance.
"This meet provides a wonderful opportunity for us to chase last chance NCAA qualifying marks in our own backyard," noted USF head coach Helen Lehman-Winters. "We have some who are continuing to train through this weekend, but we also have a number of athletes in multiple events who are fit, capable and hungry, so we'll see how it all shakes out."
Currently, USF has 11 times within the 48-athlete threshold for qualifying to advance to the NCAA West Region Championships, with others hovering on the bubble. This weekend marks the final opportunity for athletes to improve their qualifying marks before the regionals take place May 25-27 in Austin, Texas.
Final Time Schedule and USF Accepted Entries:
Friday – May 12 – Cal State Stanislaus (Field Events)
Weigh-ins – 12 p.m.
Shot Put (women, men to follow) – 1 p.m.
Hammer (women, men to follow) – 3 p.m.
Discus (women, men to follow) – immediately following hammer
Pole Vault (women, men) – 5 p.m.
Saturday – May 13 – San Francisco State
Javelin (men and women combined) – 9 a.m. – Katoa Ahau, Alia Mahuna
High Jump (women first, men to follow) – 11 a.m.
Long Jump (men first, women to follow) – 12:30 p.m.
Triple Jump (women first, men to follow) – following completion of long jump
10,000m (men and women combined) – 10 a.m. – Frederique Latraverse, Ashley Moffett, Tatjana Schulte, Charlotte Taylor (pacer)
3,000m steeplechase (men) – 10:45 a.m.
3,000m steeplechase (women) – 11 a.m. – Magdalena Dias
4x100m Relay (men) – 11:25 a.m.
4x100m Relay (women) – 11:30 a.m.
1500m (men) – 3 heats, beginning at 11:35 a.m. – Ben Alcock, Mohamed Aziz, Ryan Driscoll, Edward Shepherd
1,500m (women) – 2 heats, beginning at 11:55 a.m. – Daryl Phill
110m HH (men) – 12:10 p.m.
100m HH (women) – 12:20 p.m.
400m (men) – 12:30 p.m. – Chase Midyett
400m (women) – 12:35 p.m. – Skylar Fenton, Amy Glaser
100m (men) – 12:45 p.m.
100m (women) – 12:50 p.m.
800m (men) – 3 heats, beginning at 1 p.m. – Hugh Nicklason, Cristian Monsalud
800m (women) – 3 heats, beginning at 1:10 p.m. – Elena Burkard, Emma Stahr
400m IH (men) – 1:25 p.m.
400 LH (women) – 1:35 p.m.
200m (men) – 1:45 p.m. – Chase Midyett
200m (women) – 1:50 p.m. – Asaundra Dalton, Skylar Fenton, Amy Glaser
5,000m (men) – 2 heats, beginning at 2 p.m. – Caleb McClain, Edward Shepherd (pacer), Alex Short
5,000m (women) – 2:35 p.m. – Kelsey Nielsen
4x400m Relay (men) – 2:55 p.m.
4x400m Relay (women) – 3 p.m. – Dalton, Dias, Fenton, Glaser, Phill, Stahr