Worcester State's Justin Lewis and Marcus Vieira earned All-American accolades at the 2018 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Birmingham Southern over the past two days.
Joining Lewis and Vieira were Jayci Andrews, Lamont Haynes, Josh Higgins, Michael Kotleski and John Lara of Bridgewater State, Annie Woolley of Fitchburg State, Jessie Cardin, Ashley Craig and Sabrina Pray of Westfield State and Jana Augustdottir of Worcester State at the indoor championship.
Lewis, who was the 2017 NCAA DIII Outdoor Champion in the high jump, grabbed another All-American honor in the event with a fifth place finish in the high jump Saturday. He had a top clearing of 2.06m (6' 09.00") on his first try. Vieira came in seventh place with a top throw of 18.73m (61' 5.5"), scoring two points for his team, and earning the All-American status.
For Bridgewater State, Jayci Andrews finished 17th in the preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 9.04 seconds. On the men's side, the Bears' relay squad featuring sophomore Joshua Higgins, freshman John Lara, senior Michael Kotleski and sophomore Lamont Haynes placed ninth in the preliminaries of the 4x400 with a school record time of 3:18.55.
Annie Woolley of Fitchburg State finished 15th overall in the 60 meter hurdles with a solid time of 9.01 seconds. Woolley entered the NCAA Division III Championships ranked first in the nation in the 60 meter hurdles after setting a new school record in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.68 seconds with a first place finish at the Tufts Last Chance National Qualifying Meet.
The Westfield State trio of Cardin, Craig and Pray had strong finishers for the Owls. Cardin entered the meet as the 15th seed after running to a first-place finish in the 5,000 meter run at the Tufts Final Qualifying meet last Saturday. She ended the indoor season ranked 11th in the nation after running the 5,000 meter run in a time 17:14.41. Cardin was an All-American in cross country this fall, where she finished 36th at the NCAA Championship race. Cardin qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field championships in the spring of 2016 in the 3000 meter steeplechase, where she placed ninth.
Craig entered the meet as the 14th seed and cleared 3.70 meters (12-01.50) to finish 10th in the nation in the pole vault. She has set and improved the Westfield State University record on several occasions in her career. This was her first appearance at the NCAA Championships.
Pray entered the meet as the 15th seed in the 60 meter hurdles and placed 10th in the nation in a time of 8.97 seconds. Pray earned All-America honors in the 100 meter high hurdles at the 2017 NCAA outdoor championships, where she finished seventh in the nation.
Freshman Jana Asgstdottir in her first year with the Lancers qualified in two events this season. She placed 11th of 17 contestants with a score of 3,171 in the pentathlon on Friday (shot put: third place - 11.07m (36' 4"), high jump: seventh place - 1.62m (5' 3.75"), 60 meter hurdles: 14th place - 9.56, Long Jump: 14th place - 4.92m (16' 1.75"), 800 Meters: 16th place - 2:48.58). On Saturday, she finished 16th in the women's high jump with a top leap of 1.60m (5' 3").
With the conclusion of the indoor season, the teams will get a week off before starting outdoor competition the weekend of March 24-25.
Portions of this release courtesy of Bridgewater State, Fitchburg State, Westfield State and Worcester State Sports Information