Submitted by North Central College
The women's track and field team has qualified five individuals for competition in the 2012 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, to be held May 24-26 at Fritz B. Burns Stadium in Claremont, Calif.
The top 22 declared student-athletes in each event, based on their outdoor performances since Mar. 1, were accepted into the competition. The final list of qualifiers was released on Sunday.
The Cardinals will have a pair of athletes making return trips to the outdoor championships in Krista Cota and Brianna Tolliver. Cota will compete in the 1,500-meter run, owning a qualifying time of 4 minutes, 31.96 seconds which ranks her seventh-fastest in the field and second-fastest in North Central history.
An All-American in the indoor and outdoor 4-by-400-meter relays and the indoor distance medley relay in 2011, Cota qualified for last year's outdoor championships in the 800-meter run. She competed at this year's indoor championships in the mile run, placing ninth in the final.
Tolliver will be competing in the javelin throw for the second straight season. Tolliver broke her own North Central record with a distance of 139 feet, 6 inches earlier this spring. A 13th-place finisher at last year's championships, Tolliver ranks 12th among this season's field of competitors.
Pole vaulter Elizabeth Composto will be making her first appearance at the outdoor championships after earning All-America honors with an eighth-place finish at the national indoor meet in March. Composto tied the North Central freshman record with a clearance of 12'6" this spring, which ranks her seventh heading into the outdoor championships.
Chelsea Armstrong will be competing in a national-championship event for the first time this weekend, having qualified in the discus throw. Armstrong achieved a personal-best throw of 141'8" this spring, establishing a new North Central record. Also competing on the national stage for the first time is 400-meter hurdlerAmanda Coglianese, whose qualifying time of 1:02.31 ranks second in school history only to 1994 national champion Patsy Cargill '95.
Coverage of this weekend's national championships will be available at northcentralcardinals.com as well as the Cardinals' Facebook and Twitter accounts. A link to live event-by-event results will be posted as soon as it is made public.
The North Central College men's track and field team will have a total of 13 entries in eight events at its disposal as it prepares to go for its third straight team title in this year's NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, to be held May 24-26 at Fritz B. Burns Stadium in Claremont, Calif.
The top 20 declared student-athletes in each event, based on their outdoor performances since Mar. 1, were accepted into the competition. The final list of qualifiers was released on Sunday.
The fourth-ranked Cardinals will have a total of 14 student-athletes competing at the championships, including two national champions and 10 All-Americans. North Central will have five competitors in the pole vault alone, making it one of two teams with five entries in a single event. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse has five individuals set to compete in the long jump.
Josh Winder, the 2012 indoor national pole vault champion, ranks second in the field with a clearance of 17 feet, 4 1/2 inches, while 2011 outdoor national champion Peter Geraghty and four-time All-American John Wood are tied for third (17'0 3/4") and another four-time All-American, Thomas Stacey, is tied for sixth (16'5 1/4"). Frank Wleklinski will compete in his first national-championship event, ranking 15th in the field (16'1 1/4").
North Central's 4-by-400-meter relay team of Jonathan Caron, Bai Kabba, Dionte Hackler and Jon Howard enter the weekend with the top qualifying time (3 minutes, 11.65 seconds). Kabba and Hackler won individual national titles as members of the Cardinals' indoor 4x400 relay team in March, while Caron and Howard were members of North Central's national-champion relay quartet in 2010. Howard has also qualified as the seventh-fastest entry in the 400-meter dash (47.79) after qualifying for both the indoor and outdoor championships in 2011 and earning All-America honors indoors.
Distance runner Dan Kerley has also qualified in two events, ranking as the eighth-fastest qualifier in the 10,000-meter run (29:58.23) and 17th-fastest in the 5,000-meter run (14:29.47). An All-American last season in the 10,000, Kerley will toe the line in the 5,000 alongside teammate John Crain, who will participate in his first national championship after qualifying 10th in the field with a time of 14:24.15.
Zach Heerspink will be making his fourth national-championship appearance in the high jump, matching the fourth-best performance in the field with a height of 6'10 1/4". Heerspink earned his first All-America certificate at the 2011 indoor championships.
The Cardinals have two other first-time national qualifiers, as Pat Foley is the 18th-fastest qualifier in the 800-meter run (1:51.93) and Mike Giaquinto is 19th nationally in the javelin throw (198'11").
Coverage of this weekend's national championships will be availableatnorthcentralcardinals.com as well as the Cardinals' Facebook and Twitteraccounts. A link to live event-by-event results will be posted as soon as it is made public.