COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Maryland track and field will have six athletes in action this week as competition kicks off at the 2018 NCAA Track and Field Championships. Claudia Ababio, Dallyssa Huggins, Emma O'Hara, Sam Shoultz, Jewel Smith and Greg Thompson all secured bids after their performances at the NCAA East Regional held May 24-26. The championships, hosted at historic Hayward Field on the campus of the University of Oregon, is set to begin Wednesday, June 6 and will run through Saturday, June 9. Maryland's athletes will participate in competition from Thursday to Saturday, with two athletes in competition on each of the three days.
The top-24 athletes from the East and West Preliminary rounds will compete in Eugene, with the top-eight finishers in each event garnering All-America honors.
Maryland's six qualifiers in the NCAA Championships marks a program best. The Terps 10 qualifiers for the NCAA East Regionals were the most for the program since Maryland sent 16 back in 2008.
The ESPN family of networks will provide broadcast coverage for each day of the championships. The meet will also be available to stream each day via ESPN3. A full broadcast schedule can be found here.
|Maryland NCAA Championship Schedule|
|Thursday, June 7|
|4:30 PM||Hammer Throw||Women||Finals||Emma O'Hara|
|8:30 PM||Long Jump||Women||Finals||Jewel Smith|
|Friday, June 8|
|8:00 PM||High Jump||Men||Finals||Sam Shoultz|
|8:05 PM||Discus Throw||Men||Finals||Greg Thompson|
|Saturday, June 9|
|6:00 PM||High Jump||Women||Finals||Dallyssa Huggins|
|6:05 PM||Discus Throw||Women||Finals||Claudia Ababio|
- Emma O’Hara held her spot in the NCAA finals after securing a mark of 60.42m (198’3”) in the last round of throws last weekend at the NCAA East Prelims. The senior punched her ticket with a 12th place finish and will look to continue this momentum on to Oregon. O’Hara has continued to shine in the Hammer this season with multiple marks over 60m. O'Hara will compete in the first flight in the competition on Thursday.
- Jewel Smith set a new personal best on her first attempt in the East Prelims long jump event to secure her spot at the NCAA finals. Smith leaped 20’5.75” (6.24m) to pave her way to Oregon. Smith finished 8th in the NCAA prelims, moving her well above her ranking entering the competition. Smith, in her first NCAA Championship appearance will compete in the first flight in the competition on Thursday.
- Sam Shoultz fought through rainy conditions in Tampa last weekend to qualify in the high jump. Shoultz is currently ranked #9 in the NCAA and has posted consistent performances throughout the season. Shoultz emerged as the 8th competitor to move on after a clearance over 6’11”. This will be Shoultz's first NCAA Championship appearance after transferring to Maryland from Pima Community College in Arizona after winning the NJCAA indoor and outdoor national titles last season.
- Greg Thompson will compete for the second straight year at the NCAA finals in the men’s discus. Thompson launched a throw of 59.24m (194’4”) to earn the #2 qualifying spot for the final rounds in Eugene. Thompson will look to add more accolades to his career on Friday and is currently ranked #5 in the NCAA. Thompson will be in the second flight of competitors on Friday in Oregon.
- Dallyssa Huggins notched her ticket to Oregon with a jump of 5’10.75” (1.80m) in the high jump at the NCAA East Regionals. In addition to being a multi-event competitor, Huggins has shown consistency and strength in the open high jump over the season of competition. She finished 5th at the NCAA prelims and will contend for All-American status on Saturday at the NCAA Championships.
- Claudia Ababio punched her NCAA ticket in the discus competition at the NCAA East Prelims after also competing in the hammer and the shot put. Ababio placed 11th with a throw of 52.13m (171’0”) in the discus to advance to her first NCAA Championships. The senior will compete in the first flight of competition on Saturday.