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The East Region will take place in Lexington, Ky. while the West Region will take place in Austin, Texas.

The NCAA Selection Committee accepted the top 48 performers in each individual event and the top 24 relay teams in both relays to compete at each site hosting the NCAA Preliminary Rounds for a total of 96 athletes in each individual event and 48 relay teams competing in each event nationwide.

The national first round heats of the 800 meters take place on Thursday, May 25 at 8:10 p.m., while the quarterfinal heats are scheduled for Friday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m.

IC had two relays, one jumper and three individuals competing on the track at North Central, and two throwers competing in the Augustana Twilight Meet.

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Senior Yanique Bennett (58.57) and sophomore Dreshanae Rolle (1:00.19) will take the track in the 400m hurdles, when Bennett took silver at the C-USA Championships. Of those entries, Baylor has 12 now ranked among the top 12 in the West region. She was a second team All-American in the event both indoors and outdoors as a sophomore. The Bears have seven now ranked among the region's top 12. Wadden has already qualified for the NCAA Championships in the heptathlon, an event that doesn't go through a preliminary round, but will be looking to add an event in Eugene. Rotich was also a gold-medal finisher in the 3,000m steeplechase at conference. In each region, the top 48 declared athletes in each event qualify for the First Round. Piccirillo, Cleirigh Buttner and Burda have each competed at the NCAA East Preliminary in previous seasons, while Hutchinson will be making her meet debut in Kentucky next week. She's No. 25 in the West and now No. 7 in program history.

On the men's side, the Blue Devils will be represented by seniors Dylan Murphy (800m) and Connor Hall (pole vault) and sophomores Rivers Ridout (high jump), Jeremy McDuffie (triple jump) and Nicholas Solfanelli (javelin).

The meet will be streamed via the Longhorn Network and a final events schedule will be available as prelims near. Her best height of 13 feet and 3.75 inches (4.06m) was hit at the Cardinal Classic.

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