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Six MASCAC Student-Athletes Qualify for NCAA DIII Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships

Six MASCAC Student-Athletes Qualify for NCAA DIII Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships

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Lamont Haynes, Josh Higgins, Michael Kotleski and John Lara of Bridgewater State and Justin Lewis and Marcus Vieira of Worcester State have qualified for the NCAA DIII Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Birmingham Southern March 9-10.

The championships will be held on Friday, March 9th and Saturday, March 10th at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama, with Birmingham Southern College and the Birmingham CrossPlex serving as hosts.

Higgins is seeded fifth in the 800-meter run. He recorded his qualifying and BSU school-record mark of 1:53.00 (converted to 1:51.41 due to track size) this past weekend at the Tufts Final Qualifying Meet.

Haynes, Higgins, Kotleski and Lara are seeded 11th in the 4x400-meter relay. The foursome posted their qualifying time of 3:19.80 (converted to 3:16.67 due to track size) also at the Tufts Final Qualifying Meet.

The preliminary race of the 800-meter run is slated to take place on Friday afternoon at 4:45 PM (EST), with the finals scheduled for Saturday afternoon at 4:40 PM (EST). The 4x400 preliminaries is expected to get underway on Friday evening at 6:35 PM (EST), with the finals on Saturday evening at 6:05 PM (EST). 

For Worcester State, Lewis earned the top qualifying spot in the high jump after clearing the 2.14m (7' 0.25") at the NEICAAA Indoor Track & Field Championships on February 2. During the 2017 outdoor season, Lewis was a National Champion in the high jump while also earning All-American honors with a top clearing of 2.16m (7'1"). 

Vieira claims the fifth seed in the weight throw with a top distance of 19.15m (62' 10") that he hit at the Boston University Last Chance Qualifier on February 25. This is Vieira's first trip to the Indoor Championships.

Viera is up first on Friday at 11 am (EST) in the weight throw finals while Lewis will look to win another National Championship in the high jump on Saturday at 4:30 pm (EST).