Michael Mahnke Punches Ticket to Nationals

Senior Michael Mahnke punches his ticket to the NCAA National Championships Thursday afternoon.

May 29, 2014

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Senior Michael Mahnke punched his ticket to the NCAA national championships in Eugene, Ore., during day one of the NCAA Division I West Preliminary rounds in Fayetteville, Ark., Thursday afternoon.

The Houston native sealed his destiny after clearing a personal best of 5.26m (17'-3") in the men's pole vault competition finishing in the top 12. He enters the top five all time list tied with former Cougar pole vaulter Alex Bentley (2011). He will compete at the national championships in Eugene, Ore., June 11-14.

This is the first time Mahnke has qualified for the national championships in his collegiate career and the first time since 2011 that a Cougar has qualified in the men's pole vault.

Eight Cougars have qualified for the quarterfinals in their respective events scheduled tomorrow evening. For the men's team, senior Errol Nolan automatically qualified for the 400m with the 10th fastest time of 46.32. Cameron Burrell and LeShon Collins both qualified for the 100m quarterfinals while Anthony Coleman received an automatic qualifying bid in the 800m.

On the women's side, junior Sade-Mariah Greenidge has qualified for the 400m Hurdles quarterfinals tomorrow at 7:45 p.m. and will also competed in the 100m hurdles. Bria Carter and Ngozi Onwumere have both qualified in the 100m. In the women's 400m dash, seniors Terracia Moody and Brittany Wallace qualified for the quarterfinals. Wallace received the automatic qualifying spot.



Houston continues competition at the NCAA West Prelims Friday starting with the women's discus at 3 p.m. Running events are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. with the men's 110m hurdles. A full list of Houston's competition schedule can be found below.

University of Houston Schedule
DAY 2 - Friday, May 30
3 p.m. Women's Discus Price
5 p.m. Men's 110m Hurdles Gibbs, Williams
5 p.m. Women's Triple Jump Kinney
5:30 p.m. Women's 100m Hurdles Greenidge
6 p.m. Men's 400m Quarterfinal Nolan
6:15 p.m. Women's 400m Quarterfinal Moody, Wallace
6:30 p.m. Men's 100m Quarterfinal Burrell, Collins
6:45 p.m. Women's 100m Quarterfinal Carter, Onwumere
7 p.m. Men's 800m Quarterfinal Coleman
7:45 p.m. Women's 400m Hurdle Quarterfinal Greenidge
8 p.m. Men's 200m Burrell, Collins
8:25 p.m. Women's 200m Brewer, Onwumere, Williams
DAY 3 - Saturday, May 31
6 p.m. Men's 4x100m Quarterfinal Arnett, Burrell, Collins, Nolan
6 p.m. Men's Triple Jump Horton
6 p.m. Women's High Jump Wiley
6:15 p.m. Women's 4x100m Relay Quarterfinal Carter, Brewer, Perkins, Onwumere
7:05 p.m. Men's 110m Hurdle Quarterfinal TBD
7:20 p.m. Women's 100m Hurdle Quarterfinal TBD
7:35 p.m. Men's 200m Quarterfinal TBD
7:50 p.m. Women's 200m Quarterfinal TBD
9:25 p.m. Men's 4x400m Quarterfinal Boyd, Charles, Fyffe, Nolan
6 p.m. Women's 4x400m Quarterfinal Wallace, Onwumere, Moody, Young

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