Worcester State freshman Justin Lewis (Lynn, Mass.) earned his first NCAA Division III national title and the Lancers' men's track & field team's second-ever individual title in program history as he leaped for a personal record (PR) of 2.16m in the finals round of the high jump competition at the NCAA Division III National Championships Friday (May 26) afternoon.
Lewis' previous PR in the high jump was 2.07m, which he registered at the Holy Cross men's meet back on April 24. With today's title, he has captured a total of six outdoor high jump wins over the course of the 2017 spring season (Tufts Invite, Trinity College Invitational, Holy Cross Men's Meet, New England Alliance Outdoor Track & Field Championship, NEICAAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, NCAA Division III National Championships).
Stalters collected All-American honors after placing fifth overall in the javelin with a toss of 64.35 meters at the Spire Institute this afternoon. He entered the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships ranked third in the nation In the javelin after securing his spot in the NCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field National Championships with a first place toss of 67.23 meters at the J. Elmer Swanson Track and Field Invitational.
Bridgewater State's Ellie Bucknell and Samantha Richner qualified in the javelin and high jump for this weekend's championship. Bucknell, who was competing in her first NCAA championship meet, posted a mark of 132 feet, 11 inches (40.51 meters) on her first throw of the day to finish 11th on Thursday.
Richner recorded a height of 1.66 meters (5' 5.25") as she cleared the mark on her third attempt. Richner cleared each of the first three heights (1.52m, 1.57m, 1.62m) on her first attempt.
Richner was making her third straight appearance at an NCAA Track & Field championship meet. She qualified for the indoor championships this past March and earned All-American honors at outdoor championships in May of 2016.
Both Fitchburg State's Annie Woolley and Westfield State's Sabrina Pray competed in the prelims of the 100 meter hurdles this afternoon. Although they ran in different heats, the duo qualified for the finals with the same exact time of 14.51 seconds. They will go for a national title tomorrow at 12:50 pm.
Also competing in the NCAA Division III National Championships today was Worcester State senior Sam Weeks and freshman Edward Boamah in the shot put and 400 Meters, respectively.
The MASCAC/Alliance shot put champion, Weeks, came up just short of All-American status today as he threw for a distance of 16.25m for 9th place. He currently holds a 16.70m PR in the shot put which he marked last week at the MIT Division III Final Qualifying meet.
Weeks, who earned All-American honors in the discus throw yesterday, will continue to compete tomorrow, as he is projected to throw the hammer at 1:30 p.m.
Boamah came into the meet with a 400m PR and MASCAC record time of 47.78, which he earned at the MASCAC/New England Alliance Championships on April 29. Today, he marked a 49.10 time which was good for 15th place at the meet.
Yesterday, Worcester State's Stephanie McFadries grabbed All-American honors in the javelin. She made her second consecutive NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field appearance, and took eighth place in the javelin throw. The sophomore javelin thrower was slotted in the ninth slot in the finals and came through with monster throw of 41.89m in her final attempt to jump ahead of Smith's Katy McClellan for the All-American honors (8th place).
Portions of this release courtesy of Bridgewater State, Fitchburg State and Worcester State Sports Information