INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Four Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference schools have qualified student-athletes to the 2014 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The event will be held Thursday through Saturday, May 22-24, at Ohio Wesleyan in Delaware, Ohio.
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.
Anderson University will send two athletes, while Defiance College, Franklin College, and Hanover College will send one athlete to the event.
Anderson junior Max Kittle (Algonquin, Ill./Dundee-Crown) qualified for both the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles. Kittle has the 15th best mark in the 110-meter event with a mark of 14.65 and holds the sixth best time in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.51. Kittle earned All-American honors last spring in the 110-meter hudles, placing sixth in the event.
AU's Brad McNeil (Middletown, Ind./Pendleton Heights) joins Kittle in the 400-meter hurdles this week. McNeil posted the 19th-best time in the nation this season with an effort of 52.46.
Franklin College’s Anna Murdock (Trafalgar, Ind./Indian Creek) qualified for the 800-meters for the second-straight outdoor season. The junior has the ninth-best time nationally this spring with a mark of 2:11.84.
Defiance College's Kim Bingley (Ottawa, Ohio/Ottawa-Glandorf) qualified for the women's heptathlon for the second-straight season. The senior will enter the event as the 16th seed nationally.
Hanover College's Briahna Chambers (Fayetteville, NC/Ellison) qualified in the long jump for the championship meet. The junior has the 16th best mark this outdoor season at 5.67 meters.
The top eight finishers in each event will earn All-American honors after the completion of event finals Saturday.