OMAHA, Neb. – The Omaha track & field team will compete in the Summit League Outdoor Championships this week.
Competition runs Thursday through Saturday at North Dakota State with events beginning at 11 a.m. each day.
Defending high jump champion Stephanie Ahrens goes into the meet tied for the top spot in the league. She jumped 5-10 at the Bryan Clay Invitational at Azusa, Calif. back in April and is tied with South Dakota State's Monique Mack.
Ahrens qualified for the NCAA West Preliminaries last season, the first Maverick to do so in the Division I era.
In other field events, freshman Nyakuome Thichiot enters the championships ranked eighth in the triple jump with a personal best mark of 38-07 which she posted last week at Nebraska. The mark ranks third all-time at UNO.
On the track, both senior Alyssa Thavenet and sophomore Lauren Houston will be threats to score in the 800 meters. Thavenet posted the Summit's fifth-best time in the event (2:11.41 – PR) at the Bryan Clay Invitational. She was eighth in the 800 at last year's championship.
Houston has the league's sixth-best time (2:11.82) and was fourth in the event at last year's Summit Outdoor Championship. Her personal best of 2:09.86, which she set as a freshman, ranks third all-time in school history.
Ahrens ranks eighth in the league in the 100 meter hurdles. She ran a time of 14.74 last week at Nebraska, a personal best and the ninth-best time in school history. She did not run the event in last year's outdoor championship.
Junior Annie Catania also is eighth in the 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 11:34.75 which she ran at the Kip Janvrin Open on April 28. She finished 12th in the event in last year's championship.
The Mavericks were picked to finish sixth in the annual preseason coaches' poll.