Nine Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference student-athletes have finished in the top 20 or 22 of their event to qualify for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships which are hosted by Mount Union this weekend.
Ellie Bucknell and Samantha Richner of Bridgewater State, Cameron Stalters and Annie Woolley of Fitchburg State, Sabrina Pray of Westfield State and Edward Boamah, Stephanie McFadries, Justin Lewis and Sam Weeks of Worcester State all qualified for the championship.
Richner will be competing in the high jump at an NCAA Championship meet for the third straight time. She qualified for the indoor championships this past March and earned All-American honors at the outdoor championships last spring.
Richner is seeded 19th as she recorded her qualifying (and school record tying) mark of five feet, 6.5 inches (1.69 meters) at the Division III New England Championships on May 5th while competing in the heptathlon.
Bucknell is making her debut at the NCAA Championships. She is seeded 13th in the javelin and recorded her qualifying mark of 138 feet, six inches (42.3 meters) at the NEICAAA Championships on May 12th.
Stalters earned the third seed in the javelin after throwing 67.23 meters (220’ 6.85”) at the Elmer Swanson Outdoor Classic Invitational in April. This is his second straight trip to the NCAA Championship after qualifying last year also in the javelin.
Woolley snagged the fifth place spot in the 100 meter hurdles for this weekend. She was the MASCAC champion and broke the conference record at the MASCAC Championship in April with a time of 14.32 which qualified her for this weekend.
Pray grabbed the final spot in the 100 meter hurdles after she ran a personal-best and school record time of 14.58 seconds at the ECAC Championship meet on May 18.
Worcester State leads all the MASCAC schools with four student-athletes attending the championship. Boamah earns the ninth spot in his first outdoor championship in the 400 meters with a time of 47.78 which was at the MASCAC Championship.
Lewis also is a first time attendee with his 17th ranked leap in the high jump of 2.07 meters (6' 9.5") while McFadries makes her second straight trip in the javelin with a top throw of 41.81 meters (137' 2.00").
Weeks qualified for three events: hammer, shot put and discus throw at this weekend's championship. He is 10th in the discus (50.51m/165' 8.5"), 12th in the shot put (16.70m/54' 9.5") and 18th in the hammer throw (56.47m/185' 3.25"). During the indoor season, Weeks qualified for the NCAA Championship in the weight throw and is making his first trip to the outdoor event.
The NCAA DIII Outdoor Track and Field Championships begin on Thursday, May 25 at 9:45 am with the 10,000 meters while the men's 10,000 goes off at 10:45.
Portions of this release courtesy of Bridgewater State and Westfield State