FRISCO, Texas – A total of 86 student-athletes from the Southland Conference have qualified for the 2019 NCAA Preliminary Championships, which will be split among two sites, beginning Thursday, May 23 and concluding Saturday, May 25. Competition at the West Preliminary Championships will be held at California State University Sacramento in Sacramento, Calif. East Preliminary Championships will be hosted in Jacksonville, Fla. at the University of North Florida. Qualifiers from each of the preliminary meets will advance to the NCAA Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships, hosted in Austin, Texas, June 5-8.A total of 12 Southland institutions will be present among the two preliminary championships. Representing the conference in the west coast meet will be Abilene Christian, Central Arkansas, Houston Baptist, Incarnate Word, Lamar, Sam Houston State, Stephen F. Austin and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Meanwhile, McNeese, New Orleans, Northwestern State and Southeastern Louisiana will perform at the east coast meet.Sam Houston State tops the men’s side with 10 student-athletes competing across 10 events, while NSU heads up the women’s competitors with 11 student-athletes contending among eight events.Both men’s and women’s Southland Outdoor Athletes of the Year and Most Valuable Performers will be in contention in the West Preliminary Championship. Sam Houston State’s Chris Jefferson will aim to qualify for nationals as an individual in the 100 and 200-meter dash events in addition to running as a leg of the Bearkats’ 4x100m relay team. Abilene Christian’s Kayla Melgar will make her way to Sacramento to throw in the shot put, discus and hammer throw events for the Wildcats.Fans looking to catch the action at the NCAA Division I East and West Preliminary Championships can tune in to FloTrack with a Pro subscription. To access the East Preliminary Championships, click here. Access to the West Preliminary Championships can be found here.A full schedule of events can be found here.