INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Four Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference schools have qualified student-athletes to the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The event will be held Thursday through Saturday, May 23-25, at Wisconsin-La Crosse.
For each men’s individual event contested, including the decathlon, the top 20 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each women’s individual event contested, including the heptathlon, the top 22 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested, the top 16 declared relay teams, one per institution, were accepted into the competition.
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will send five athletes, Franklin College three athletes, Defiance College two athletes, and Anderson University one athlete to the event.
RHIT senior Liz Evans (Bicknell, Ind./North Knox) enters as the top qualifier in the women's high jump with a leap of 6' 0". Evans has won four NCAA Division III national championships and enters the meet tied for Rose-Hulman's all-time record with seven All-American awards.
Four Rose-Hulman men's track and field standouts will join Evans at the NCAA Division III Nationals. In running events, senior Tyler Hannan (Winchester, Ky./George Rogers Clark) qualified 15th in the 400-meter dash with a time of 47.95 seconds. Senior Travis Stallings (Cincinnati, Ohio/Colerain) added a 19th place qualification in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 53.30 seconds. In field events, seniors Trey Cahill (Auburn, Ind./DeKalb) and Collin Crowson (Dublin, Ohio/Jerome) each qualified 18th nationally in their event. Cahill recorded a school record hammer throw effort of 185' 9" at Franklin, while Crowson cleared 15' 9 3/4" at Ohio Wesleyan University on Monday.
Franklin College’s Georard Mitchell (Indianapolis, Ind.Howe), Anna Murdock (Trafalgar, Ind./Indian Creek), and Amanda Owen (Indianapolis, Ind./Covenant Christian) each qualified for a single event next weekend. Mitchell will take part in the long jump, Murdock the 800-meter run, and Owen the discus.
Defiance College's Tom Postema (Defiance, Ohio/Tinora) and Kim Bingley (Ottawa, Ohio/Ottawa-Glandorf) qualified for a total of four individual events at the championship meet for the second straight outdoor season. Postema will take part in the shot put, discus, and hammer throw this weekend, while Bingley qualified for the women's heptathlon. Postema enters the meet with the nation's best hammer throw mark (65.80 m) and second-ranked effort in the discus (56.27 m).
Anderson University's Max Kittle (Algonquin, Ill./H.S.) qualified in the 110-meter hurdles for the championship meet. The sophomore has the 16th best mark this outdoor season at 14.66 seconds.
The top eight finishers in each event will earn All-American honors after the completion of event finals Saturday.