Muhlenberg College will send two athletes to the NCAA Division III Track &
Field Championships, which are scheduled to begin Thursday at Millikin
University in Decatur, Ill. Junior Will Elson (800 meters) and
senior Katrina Beck (high jump) are the first Mule athletes to
qualify for the national track & field championships.
Elson enters the NCAA meet with the third-fastest time in
Division III this year and as one of only eight athletes to surpass the
automatic qualifying standard of 1:51.66. He ran the
800 in a school-record time of 1:51.21
while winning the gold medal at the Centennial Conference Championships.
Ironically, one of the athletes he
defeated in that race, Jason Bernstein of Haverford, has since run a
faster time, 1:50.93, although he wont be running the 800 at the
NCAA meet. The best time of the season, 1:49.45, belongs to
Matt Groose of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, a 2000 All-American in the 1,500 meters.
Beck is tied for the seventh-highest jump of the season at 5 feet,
6½ inches. Erica Destefano of The College of New Jersey,
who tied for eighth in the high jump at last years Division III
Championships, owns the best leap, 5-9¾. Beck, the seven-time
Centennial Conference high jump champion (four
times indoors and three outdoors), has placed in the top three in 24 of
the 27 outdoor meets in which she has competed during her career,
including 12 first-place finishes.
The trials for the mens 800 meters are scheduled for Friday, May 25,
at 4:30, with the final slated for the
following day at 2:35.
The womens high jump is scheduled
for Saturday at 11:30. The top eight finishers in each event receive
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