McKinely West and Men’s Relay Qualifies for Finals in Eugene
EUGENE, Ore. – McKinely West had what would be considered a once in a lifetime semi-final meet day on Wednesday at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships.
The junior went in to the day with three events on the schedule, the 100m dash, the 200m dash and the 4x100m relay and came out qualifying for finals in all three. He is just one of two athletes to qualify in those three events.
“McKinely was absolutely incredible today, said head coach Jon Stuart. “Reporters are creating nicknames for him right now. To make finals in three world class level events is almost unheard of at this level and I am excited to see what Friday brings him.”
“It takes a lot of time, effort and sacrifice to compete at this level, especially with all these athletes, said West. “My teammates and coaches push me every day to be the best and I think today I just went out and showcased my skills to the best of my ability”
West automatically qualified in both the 100 and 200 after finishing second in his heats; running the 100m in 10.10 and the 200m in 20.53.
The men’s 4x100m relay squad, comprised of West, Chedlin Sagesse, Cra’vorkian Carson and Alexander Richemond, took second in their heat for an automatic ticket to finals. The four ran the relay in 38.91, and marks the first time in school history that the Golden Eagles have made finals in the event.
The three event finals will be run on Friday, June 8th and broadcast on ESPN.
Alexis Chiles and Callie Jones are set to compete tomorrow, June 7th; Chiles in the shot put and Jones in the javelin.
12:00 pm CT / Women’s Field and Combined events / ESPN3
6:00 pm CT / Women’s Semifinal Track events / ESPN2