Six Nevada Wolf Pack track and field athletes will compete in the NCAA West Preliminaries hosted by Sacramento State on May 23-25.
Those athletes include Nicola Ader, Lindsey Sickler, Alex Bohlman, Karoline Sauer, Hiley Dobbs and Gaby Palmer.
“The fruit of one’s hard work culminates here with the opportunity to compete against the nation’s best,” Nevada head coach Shantel Twiggs said in a news release. “Our next major goal is to join Nicola at the NCAA finals. It will be our toughest challenge yet, but we are up for it."
Leading the way for the Wolf Pack’s qualifiers is Ader. The defending indoor and outdoor conference high jump champion qualified in the high jump with a mark of 5’ 11.25” (1.81 meter) as well as the long jump 20’ 7.75” (6.29 m). Ader owns the Nevada outdoor school record in the long jump, and is second on the outdoor all-time list for the high jump. During indoor season, Ader tied a school record in the high jump, earning a trip to the NCAA Indoor National Championships, where she earned second-team All-American honors.
Ader will advance directly to the NCAA Championships in the heptathlon, with her mark of 5,590 ranking 18th in the NCAA. Multis events are not run at the preliminaries, with the top 24 in each region qualifying straight to nationals. Ader is the first athlete from Nevada to advance to both indoor and outdoor national championships in the same season. Pole vaulter Jennifer Ashcroft advanced to the outdoor national championship in 2000, and indoor national championship in 2002.
Sickler, from Gardnerville, qualified in the steeplechase with a time of 10 minutes, 4.66 seconds. Sickler’s steeplechase time was set last weekend at the Mountain West Championships, where she took third. Sickler’s steeplechase time is ninth in the west region. This is the third straight year the Wolf Pack has had a competitor in the steeplechase at the preliminary meet.
Three more Mountain West medalists will be continuing their season for Nevada, with Bohlman, Palmer and Sauer all qualifying as well. Bohlman, the Wolf Pack’s first conference champion in the javelin since 2008, owns a personal best of 151 feet, 9 inches (46.26 m). Sauer became the first Nevada athlete to win an outdoor event in back-to-back years after defending her gold medal in this year’s 400-meter hurdles. Sauer’s personal best of 59.90 seconds is the top time in school history.
Rounding out the medalists is Palmer, who took home a bronze medal after taking third at the indoor conference championship. Palmer’s personal best mark of 13’ 4.25” (4.07 m) is second on the Nevada indoor all-time list. During the indoor season, Palmer moved to the top of the Nevada all-time list with a mark of 13’ 8.50” (4.18 m).
Dobbs qualified in the 10,000 meters with a time of 34:33.91 in a fourth-place finish last weekend.
Last season, the Wolf Pack took nine athletes to the west prelims. The last time any member of the Wolf Pack advanced to the NCAA Outdoor National Championships was 2017 with EmKay Myers in the steeplechase and Nicole Wadden in the heptathlon. Competition kicks off on May 23 at 4:30 p.m. with Sauer competing in the first round of the 400 hurdles.