UC Irvine's Sicard Punches Ticket To Eugene
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UC Irvine junior Lloyd Sicard secured his second straight trip to the NCAA Track and Field Championships as he won his heat and finished third overall in the 110-meter hurdles at Saturday's West Preliminary in Lawrence, Kansas.
Sicard, competing in the first of six heats, sped to the win in 13.61 seconds. He finished ahead of Texas Tech's Chris Caldwell (13.74) and Colorado's Jaron Thomas (13.99). Sicard's time was just off his school record mark of 13.60 that he set a year ago.
The Gardena native will compete in the NCAA Semifinals June 8 at 5:32 p.m. in Eugene, Oregon. The University of Oregon is the host at Hayward Field. The final is set for June 10 at 6:12 p.m.
Sicard is one of six Big West representatives headed to Eugene and "Tracktown U.S.A." The complete list is as follows:
• Lloyd Sicard, UC Irvine – 110 meter hurdles
• Erika Barr, UC Davis – 3000 meter steeplechase
• Jessica Emde, UC Santa Barbara – high jump
• Robert Marlow, Long Beach State – hammer
• Fatima Vergara, Long Beach State – hammer
• Riley Cooks, Long Beach State – heptathlon
A large contingent of Big West athletes were in action Saturday at Rock Chalk Park hosted by Kansas University. Among those who competed, Hawai‘i senior Alex Porlier-Langlois finished 15th overall in the women's shot put with a top mark of 53-01. CSUN's Daniel Swarbrick was 16th in the men's discus at 181-07. Cal Poly freshman Peyton Bilo raced to an 18th place finish in the women's 5,000 meters with a time of 16:42.83.
A total of 94 Big West student-athletes represented the conference during the competition, which was reduced from three days to two due to inclement weather conditions.