pre·​lim | \ ˈprē-ˌlim How to pronounce prelim (audio) , pri-ˈlim\

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After the SECs come the East prelims (May 24-26 in Tampa) and the NCAA championships (June 6-9 in Eugene, Ore.). Joe Fleming, USA TODAY, "What will record-breaking Kentucky freshman track star Sydney McLaughlin do next?," 10 May 2018 Brebeuf Jesuit’s Semira Killebrew, after a 23.84 prelim, was seventh in the women’s 200 in 23.97. David Woods, Indianapolis Star, "Noblesville's Shelby Tyler makes Team USA and wins two high jump titles in 20 hours," 16 June 2018 The 400 prelims on Friday came only a few minutes after the 4x200 prelims, and Barrington had been in the final heat in that event. Bob Narang, chicagotribune.com, "Boys track notes: Luis Cossio's selflessness helps Barrington medal in two relays," 29 May 2018 UFC Fight Pass will carry the early prelims at 6:15 p.m. ET. Jim Varsallone, miamiherald, "Daniel Cormier isn't alone in UFC. Junior dos Santos also wants to fight Brock Lesnar," 9 July 2018 Daniels and Timpson were two of six former TFA athletes who qualified for NCAA prelim meet competition this year. Buddy Collings, OrlandoSentinel.com, "NCAA track and field qualifiers," 25 May 2018 Washington's time stands as the third-fastest of prelims, while USC placed two runners in the final. Andrew Greif, OregonLive.com, "NCAA Track & Field Championships live updates: Oregon women begin title chase on Day 2," 7 June 2018 Bozeman, a running back and kick returner, edged Anthony Richardson of Carson (10.84), also the runner-up at prelims. Steve Galluzzo, latimes.com, "Carson’s track and field supremacy continues with fifth straight girls’ City Section championship title," 25 May 2018 Next up: the East prelims (May 24-26 in Tampa) and the NCAA championships (June 6-9 in Eugene, Ore.). Joe Fleming, USA TODAY, "5 things to remember about SEC track championships: Sydney McLaughlin fast becoming legend," 13 May 2018

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1891, in the meaning defined above

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