Bridgewater State's Jayci Andrews, Kira Gilbreath, Fitchburg State's Annie Woolley, Westfield State's Jessie Cardin, Ashley Craig, Alexa Popp and Sabrina Pray qualify for the 2018 NCAA Division III Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championship which runs from May 24-26 in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Andrews is seeded sixth in the 100-meter hurdles and 11th in the 400-meter hurdles. She recorded her qualifying and BSU school-record time of 14.27 seconds in the 100 hurdles at the MIT Last Chance Qualifier on May 17th. Andrews also posted her qualifying and school-record time of 1:01.37 in the 400 hurdles at the NEICAAA Championships on May 11th.
Gilbreath, who is making her first appearance in the NCAA Track & Field Championships, is seeded 16th in the shot put. She recorded her qualifying and BSU school-record mark of 44 feet, 10.25 inches (13.67) at the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) Championships on April 28th.
Wooley, in her second trip to the NCAA Championships, has earned the top seed in the 100 meter hurdles. Her time of 14.03 at the DIII New England Championships helped her earn a spot in this weekend's meet. At last year's Outdoor Championship, she finished fourth in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 14.13 to earn All-American honors. The 100 meter hurdles compete at 3:30 p.m. (central/4:30 p.m. eastern) on Friday in the preliminaries, with the finals scheduled for 1:00 p.m. (2:00 eastern) on Saturday.
Defending All-American 100-meter hurdler Pray headlines the Owls' group, as Pray qualified seventh in the 100 hurdles. Her seed time is 14.29 seconds, even faster than her mark at last year's NCAA meet. Pray entered the meet as the 22nd seed and advanced to the finals, where she placed seventh to earn All-America Honors.
Popp has a seed time of 1:00.26 in the 400 meter hurdles, just 42/100ths of a second behind top seed Lilah Drafts-Johnson of Oberlin College. Popp also ran a qualifying time that was fast enough to be the ninth seed in the 400 meters, but will forego competing in that event to focus on the hurdles. Popp will compete in the prelims at 3:15 PM Central Time (4:15 Eastern) on Thursday, with the finals scheduled for 2:25 PM on Saturday.
Cardin ran in the steeplechase in 2016, finishing 9th in the nation, missing All-America honors by one place, as the top eight finishers in each event earn All-American honors from the US Track and Field Collegiate Coaches Association. Cardin is a two-time All-American in cross country and competed in the NCAA Indoor Championship meet in the 5,000 meters earlier this season. Cardin will compete at 5:00 p.m. (Central/ 6:00 Eastern) on Thursday in the preliminary heats, with the finals slated for 11:45 am (Central/12:45 Eastern) on Saturday.
Craig makes her second appearance at a national meet. She qualified for the NCAA Indoors this winter, finishing in 10th place with a height of 3.70 meters (12'-01.5"). Craig has improved at nearly every meet this spring, and is seeded with her latest school-record height of 3.90 meters (12'-9.5"). The women's pole vault is one of the first events at the meet, with the competition beginning at 12:00 p.m. (central/1:00 p.m. eastern) on Thursday.
Portions of this release courtesy of Bridgewater State and Westfield State Sports Information