Women's NCAA Regional Track & Field Preview
May 24, 2005
The 2005 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Regionals are set to get underway this weekend at four sites across the country. Both Big Ten Championships winners will be competing in the Mideast Regional as Wisconsin's men's team and Illinois' women's squad will join Indiana, Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State and Purdue in Bloomington for the Mideast Regional hosted by Indiana. Iowa and Minnesota will compete in the Midwest Regional at the University of Oklahoma while Penn State will travel to Randall's Island, N.Y., for the East Regional.
Below is a brief outlook:
Student-athletes qualified for the regional championships by reaching the standards established for each event or by earning automatic access as a conference event champion. The 10,000-meter run and the decathlon are the only two events that qualifying is based on competition outside the regional championships.
The regional format is set up so the top five individuals and top three relay teams from each of the four sites will automatically qualify for the 2005 NCAA Championships, set to take place June 8-11 at the Alex G. Spanos Sports Complex in Sacramento, Calif. Sacramento State and the Sacramento Sports Commission will serve as co-hosts of the event.