Cal State Stanislaus athletes Alycia Wagner and Rashee Dean both made the final cut to compete at the Division II National Track & Field Championships to be held at Al Brenda Track at Warrior Stadium on May 26-28.
Wager is fifth on the final declared performance list in the pole vault. She has improved her personal best height by 4 1/2 inches from last year and now sits second all-time in school history with a vault of 12 feet, 9 inches.
Wagner is a three-time all-conference athlete in the pole vault and a two-time conference champion, with the most recent title coming at the CCAA Championships on May 6 at Warrior Stadium.
Wagner is no stranger at the national level, as she has competed at two outdoor national championships and an indoor national meet earlier this year. At the 2011 indoor championships, Wagner finished fifth to earn All-American status.
Dean is a newcomer to the national stage but comes into the competition with a solid mark in the triple jump. He is sitting 11th on the competitor list with his personal best leap of 49 feet, 2 1/2 inches. Dean improved his mark by over a foot from last season and has moved into fifth all-time on the school record list.
Wager is scheduled to compete on May 27 at 5:10 p.m. and Dean will compete May 28 at 6 p.m.
Warriors make inaugural region teams
Nine Cal State Stanislaus track and field student-athletes were named to the first All-Region Teams for the West Region by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association, it was announced Tuesday.
The men's team led the way for the Warriors with seven selections, including conference champion Cuauhtemoc Vallejo-Howard for hammer throw. Jesse Ooten, who was an all-conference finisher in the 100-meter dash, made the list as a long jumper. All-conference runner Terrance Ellis also made the cut for his performance in the 800-meter run. They are joined by Luther Bell (long jump), Dean (triple jump), Kyle Maxwell (pole vault) and Dawson Vorderbruegge (1,500-meter run).
On the women’s side, Wagner is on the list for her high-flying marks in the pole vault. Her teammate Rubye Elhard, who was a national qualifier in cross country, is also an all-region selection for outdoor track for her quick time in the 1,500-meter run.