The NCAA West Preliminary Championships began Thursday in Sacramento, California, and 15 of Missouri track and field’s 25 athletes competed in their events in the first day of the meet.

Nylo Clarke (46.61 seconds, men’s 400m), Becky Keating (201 feet, 9 inches, women’s hammer throw), Karina Liz (2 minutes, 6.13 seconds), Martin Prodanov (3 minutes, 46.32 seconds, men’s 1500-meters) and Sophia Rivera (161 feet, 4 inches, women’s javelin) all qualified for the NCAA Championships in June with their results in Sacramento.

Also competing on Thursday for the Tigers was Jayson Ashford (10.58 seconds, men’s 100-meters), Avery Carter (208 feet, 8 inches, men’s hammer throw), Clarke (10.49 seconds, men’s 100-meters), Maya Cody (11.87 seconds, women’s 100-meters), Ava Curry (151 feet, 2 inches, women’s javelin), Jordyn Kleve (34 minutes, 52.67 seconds), Patrick Kunza (193 feet, 4 inches, men’s hammer throw), Jordan McClendon (foul, women’s hammer throw), Morgan O’Neal (1 minute, 3.68 seconds, women’s 400-meter hurdles), Ja’Mari Ward (23 feet, 10.25 inches, men’s long jump), and Allie Webb (123 feet, 10 inches, women’s javelin).

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