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Carley VonHeeder is MSU's first Big Sky women's javelin champion since 2012.

INDIANAPOLIS – Montana State had 13 athletes declared as entries into the West Preliminary ahead of the NCAA Division I men's and women's outdoor track and field championships.

The preliminary meet will be hosted by Texas A&M at E.B. Cushing Stadium beginning Wednesday.

Representing the Bobcats will be Collin Buck, Lucy Corbett, Cantor Coverdell, Duncan Hamilton, Cooper Hoffman, Noah Martin, Alec Nehring, Carla Nicosia, Derrick Olsen, Ethan Saberhagen, Drake Schneider, Levi Taylor and Carley VonHeeder.

The NCAA announced the top 48 declared entries in all individual events and the top 24 relay teams in each region Thursday. The top 12 finishers in each event at the West and East Preliminary Rounds will advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon, from June 9-12. 

Montana State athletes that rank among the top 12 on the West Region performance list are Lucy Corbett, Duncan Hamilton and Carley VonHeeder. 

Corbett, a Bozeman product, moved up to a tie for sixth among West Regional athletes in the women's high jump with her school-record height of 6 feet (1.83m) at the Big Sky Conference championships. That clearance broke a 36-year-old program record and helped her garner her first outdoor gold medal in the event.

VonHeeder, from Plains, moved to ninth on the performance list in the javelin with her school record mark of 173-10 (52.99m) at the conference meet. Her throw was 15 feet farther than her previous best and helped her capture her first gold medal, and second all-conference honor, of her college career. 

Hamilton ranks sixth in the West Region in the 1,500 and 11th in the 3,000 steeplechase. The Bozeman native, who broke Cristian Soratos's program record in the 1,500 en route to taking second at the Big Sky championships, was scratched from the event in the coaches' review to focus on the steeplechase.

Montana State qualifiers:

Duncan Hamilton (3000 steeplechase, 8:41.60, 10th)

Collin Buck (10000, 28:58.39, 35th)

Derrick Olsen (110 Hurdles, 13.95, 33rd)

Drake Schneider (400 Hurdles, 50.23, 13th)

Levi Taylor (3000 Steeplechase, 8:55.66, 35th)

Noah Martin (High Jump, 7-00.25, 25th)

Alec Nehring (Shot Put, 58-03, 47th)

Ethan Saberhagen (Discus, 58-03, 24th)

Cantor Coverdell (Javelin, 221-04, 18th)

Cooper Hoffman (Javelin, 214-11, 30th)

Lucy Corbett (High Jump, 6-0, 7th)

Carla Nicosia (Triple Jump, 41-08.50, 44th)

Carley VonHeeder (Javelin, 173-10, 9th)

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