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A look at the women's NCAA start lists

Comfort_Caitlin_BT_Out_10_Blog.jpegSome thoughts on what the start lists for the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships Preliminary Round mean for the Wisconsin women's track and field team...

Start lists: Men | Women

- Senior Amanda Donath won't have to wait long for her first-round race in the 800 meters. She runs in heat 1 of the event, which runs at 8 p.m. Thursday. Her section includes BYU's Nachelle Stewart, who is the No. 5 overall seed in the 800. Donath will be racing for a spot in Friday's quarterfinal.

- Redshirt freshman Caitlin Comfort will be part of the mass of humanity that is the 10,000 meters semifinal Thursday. She enters the race seeded No. 20, which places her in the middle of the massive pack of 48 runners that all will compete in a single section. They are racing to be among the top 12 and advance on to the NCAA outdoor championships in Eugene.

- Junior Egle Staisiunaite is the No. 2 seed in her section of the 400-meter hurdles, and she will run out of lane 6 in the fourth of six heats. That puts her in a good position to advance to Friday's quarterfinal, as the top three finishers in each heat automatically move on.

- Sophomore Jenna Severson, who went under 60 seconds in back-to-back races at the Big Ten championships, is seed fourth in the opening section of the first round and is one of four in her heat to crack the 1-minute barrier this season. Among her competition is No. 1 overall seed Angele Cooper of Texas, who has run 56.52.

- Start lists don't usually mean a whole lot for field events, but the vertical jumps at the NCAA preliminary round are an interesting exception. With 48 competitors in the field for the high jump and pole vault, it could be a long day for Jenny Soceka in the vault Thursday and for Megan Seidl, Monika Jakutyte and Dorcas Akinniyi at the high jump Saturday. The setup for both events involves dual pits running simultaneously, with 24 competitors at each.