Getting your name on Saturday’s start list proved no small feat today, as NCAA champions Karisa Nelson of Samford and Danae Rivers of Penn State were sent packing in the 1500 and 800 meters, respectively.

The men’s distance prelims are in the books at the 2019 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field championships.

A steamy opening day (temps in the 80s with humidity over 70%) saw a personal best from the favorite in the men’s 800, Bryce Hoppel, an impressive kick from Arizona State’s William Paulson in the 1500, and brutally hot steeplechase that claimed several victims, including the fastest qualifier from regionals, Princeton’s Ed Trippas. We break down everything below.

Prior to joining the women’s team this season, Telfer was a mediocre DII athlete who never came close to making it to nationals in the men’s category.