INDIANAPOLIS – Fourteen Tigers have been selected to compete in the 2018 installment of the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted in Charlotte, N.C. May 24-26. Eight men and six women for the Tigers earned the right compete in the meet.
For the men, Malcom Gardner, Decano Cronin, Brett Meyer, Kolt Newell, Lucas Broxterman, Jake Morrow, Sam Dreiling and TJ Dozier received the invitation. Kelly Wycoff and Amber Forbes will both compete in two events for the women, while Selam Ball, Courtney Geiger, Madison Wolf and Alexcia Deutscher will take part in one throughout the weekend.
Gardner will compete in the 200-meters with his 13th-best time at 20.97. Cronin looks to the 800-meters as he holds the second-strongest time in Division II at 1:47.98. Holding the third-best time in the 1,500-meters, Meyer brings his 3:43.64 mark to nationals.
The remaining Tiger men will compete on the field side of things, including Newell and Broxterman in the high jump. Both cleared a 12th-best height of 6 feet, 11 inches. Morrow and Dreiling will see each other in the pole vault, as Morrow brings in a ninth-best height of 16 feet, 11 inches and Dreiling comes in at No. 14 with a mark of 16 feet, 9 ¼ inches. Dozier owns a 16th-strongest throw in the discus to qualify with his mark of 173 feet, 8 inches.
Wycoff earned a spot in both the 200-meters and 400-meters as she owns the fifth-fastest time in the 400-meters (54.42) and clocks in at No. 15 in the 200-meters with a mark of 24.07. Forbes will compete in the 200-meters as well with her time of 24.05 for the 11th-best, while also earning a lane in the 100-meters at 11.64.
Ball will compete in the pole vault, earning the 16th seed with a height of 12 feet, 8 ¼ inches. Geiger looks to produce a strong showing as she was selected for the discus with her qualifying mark of 156 feet, 8 inches. Both Wolf and Deutscher capture qualifications in the javelin, with Wolf owning the top throw in the nation at 167 feet, 3 inches, and Deutscher claiming the fifth seed with a throw of 157 feet, 9 inches.
Below is the schedule for the Tigers at the 2018 Championships.
Thursday, May 24
Women’s pole vault finals (Ball) – 12 pm ET
Men’s 1,500 meter prelims (Meyer) – 5:10 pm ET
Women’s 400 meter prelims (Wycoff) – 5:55 pm ET
Women’s 100 meter prelims (Forbes) – 6:10 pm ET
Friday, May 25
Men’s high jump finals (Newell & Broxterman) – 3:30 pm ET
Men’s discus finals (Dozier) –4:00 pm ET
Men’s 200 meter prelims (Gardner) –5:35 pm ET
Women’s 200 meter prelims (Forbes & Wycoff) –6:20 pm ET
Men’s 800 meter prelims (Cronin) – 6:05 pm ET
Saturday, May 26
Men’s pole vault (Morrow & Dreiling) – 12:30 pm ET
Women’s javelin throw (Wolf & Deutscher) – 1:15 pm ET
Men’s 1,500 meter final (Meyer) – 3:45 pm ET
Women’s discus (Courtney Geiger) – 4:00 pm ET
Women’s 400 meter final (Wycoff) – 4:35 pm ET
Women’s 100 meter final (Forbes) – 4:55 pm ET
Men’s 800 meter final (Cronin) – 5:05 pm ET
Men’s 200 meter final (Gardner) – 5:50 pm ET
Women’s 200 meter final (Wycoff & Forbes) – 6:00 pm ET