(left/photo by Paul Merca) and Courtney Simmons, along with Curtis HS alum Andrea Geubelle, Gig Harbor's Miles Unterreiner, and Tahoma's Derek Eager all punched their tickets to Des Moines for the NCAA track & field championships in day one action at the NCAA West Preliminary round at sun drenched Mike A. Myers Stadium on the campus of the University of Texas.
The Huskies' Brookman threw a personal best of 233-11 (71.29m) in flight 2 of the 3-flight men's javelin competition.
Brookman became UW's first qualifier for Des Moines, as his 233-11 mark stood up for fifth place overall. It will be his first career trip to the final NCAA site. Not bad for an athlete that was planning to redshirt the season until just a month ago. Brookman had Tommy John surgery last year after the 2011 Pac-10 Championships, and expected to use a redshirt this year.
Eager, competing for Pac-12 rival UCLA, finished eighth overall, qualifying for Des Moines with a toss of 230-3 (70.19m) on his sixth and final throw, after being on the bubble for most of the competition.
In the women's javelin, Washington State's Anna Adamko, from Vancouver, Wash., threw a lifetime-best distance of 159-7 (48.65m) to take the 10th spot of the advancing 12 throwers. Two-time All-American Courtney Simmons from Othello threw a distance of 159-2 (48.51m) to claim the final spot in Des Moines. Adamko, who came into the prelims with the 33rd-best mark of the 48 competitors, tossed her PR javelin on her final attempt of the day while Simmons threw her qualifying mark on her fifth attempt.
Pac-12 long jump champ Scott-Ellis jumped 25-feet, 2 3/4 inches (7.69m) with a 3.3 meters per second wind, for the 12th and final spot from the West Region. Scott-Ellis, an All-American in the event, reached his best mark on his first attempt followed by three fouled attempts. He leaped 24-7 3/4w (7.51m) on his fifth attempt and then passed on his sixth try, having already sewn up his trip to Des Moines.
Scott-Ellis' high school teammate at Curtis, Andrea Geubelle of the University of Kansas, qualified for Des Moines in the long jump, as the University Place, Wash. native jumped to a distance measuring 6.52 meters (21-4.75 ft.) on her third try to set a new personal best for Geubelle
In the men's 10000, Gig Harbor's Miles Unterreiner finished eighth in 30:15.20 to secure his spot to the NCAA finals. Bellingham's Chris Kwiatkowski of Oregon was 15th in 30:32.68, and Eastern Washington's Kyle King was 32nd in 31:33.31.
In qualifying races Thursday, among those advancing to quarterfinal rounds for Washington were Kayla Stueckle in the women's 400H (58.84); Katie Flood (4:22.02), Chelsea Orr (4:25.18) and Christine Babcock (4:26.10) in the 1500; Jordan Carlson in the women's 400 (53.56); Maurice McNeal in the men's 400 (47.02); and James Alaka in the 100 (10.34).
Cougars advancing on the track to the quarterfinal round included Shawna Fermin in the 400 (53.85); Joe Abbott in the 800 (1:48.81), and J Hopkins in the 400 hurdles (52.44).
Bellingham's Becca Friday advanced in the women's 1500, running 4:25.14.
A timing issue delayed the results of the women's 10000, involving Bellingham's Bronwyn Crossman of Oregon, and Gonzaga's Emily Thomas, the first Bulldog to qualify for the NCAA preliminaries in school history.
Complete day 1 recaps written by the University of Washington, Washington State University and Eastern Washington are available by clicking the school's name.
Results from the NCAA West Preliminaries are available here.
NOTE: The University of Texas, University of Washington, Washington State University, and Eastern Washington University contributed to this report.
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