HCAC Sends Six Athletes to NCAA Division III Track Championships
CLAREMONT, CA - Four Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference schools have qualified student-athletes to the 2012 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The event will be held Thursday through Saturday, May 24-26, at Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps in Claremont, California.
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 and Defiance College will send two athletes, while Anderson University and Manchester College will each send one athlete to the event.
Rose-Hulman's Sutton Coleman (Lebanon, Va./H.S.) and Liz Evans (Bicknell, Ind./North Knox) qualified for a total of three individual events at the meet. Coleman will compete in the 400-meter hurdles (8:25 PM EST, Thursday) and the 110-meter high hurdles (8:25 PM EST, Friday). The senior qualified eighth in the 400-meter event and fourth overall in the 110-meter race.
Evans enters the national meet with the top ranked women’s high jump mark this outdoor season. The junior cleared 1.76 meters earlier this season and will look for her second-straight outdoor national championship. Evans won the 2011 and 2012 NCAA Division III indoor high jump national championships as well. The event will be held at 5:15 PM (EST) Friday.
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. Postema will take part in the shot put (7:05 PM EST, Saturday), discus (8:10 PM EST, Thursday), and hammer throw (5:05 PM EST, Friday) this weekend, while Bingley qualified for the women's heptathlon.
Postema enters the meet with the nation's third-best discus mark and the sixth-ranked effort in the hammer throw.
Anderson University's Leonard Wells (Warsaw, Ind./H.S.) qualified in the discus for the championship meet. Wells has qualified for the outdoor national meet the past three seasons.
Manchester's Casey Loshe (Decatur, Ind./Adams Central) will make her first appearance at the outdoor national meet this week. The senior is seeded 19th in the high jump with an effort of 1.68 meters.
The top eight finishers in each event will earn All-American honors after the completion of event finals Saturday.