10 NCAC Athletes Qualify For Indoor Nationals

Oberlin junior Monique Newton {left} & OWU junior Nate Newman {right}
Oberlin junior Monique Newton {left} & OWU junior Nate Newman {right}

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The 2017 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships are set to take place this weekend, March 10-11, at the Al. B Carius Track on the campus of North Central College in Naperville, Illinois. In total, 10 student-athletes will represent the NCAC in 11 different events this weekend in Illinois. CLICK HERE for a complete list of accepted entries.  

Highlighting the list of league entries is Oberlin junior Monique Newton (Sacramento, CA/Rancho Cordova) who owns the nation’s top effort this season in the women’s shot put at a distance of 49’09.25”. Five additional female athletes from the NCAC enter the national meet with top-five qualifying marks, including Ohio Wesleyan freshman Cirrus Robinson (Ashland, OH/Ashland), Oberlin freshman Naeisha McClain (Columbus, OH/Brookstone), Denison sophomore Ajai Brooks (Washington, DC/Washington Latin Public Charter School), Ohio Wesleyan senior Sarah Fowler (Fredericktown, OH/Fredericktown) and Denison junior Hannah Hall (New Richmond, OH/New Richmond). Robinson sits second in the country in the high jump (5’08.75”), McClain is third in the shot put (49’02.50”), Brooks is tied for fourth in the 60-meter dash (7.69), Fowler is fifth in the 5,000-meter run (17:12.55) and Hall is tied for fifth in the high jump (5’07.75”). Brooks also sits at ninth overall in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.34. 

Two additional NCAC females have qualified for nationals, including Oberlin junior Lilah Drafts-Johnson (Melrose, MA/Melrose) in the 400-meter run (57.12 - 13th) and Oberlin junior Ana Richardson (Eugene, OR/South Eugene) in the weight throw (56’11.50” - 17th).  

On the men’s side, Ohio Wesleyan junior Nate Newman (Chillicothe, OH/Zane Trace) ranks fourth in the country in the heptathlon with 4,899 points, while Allegheny senior Dan Cheung (Northbrook, IL/Glenbrook North) enters the meet with the nation’s ninth-best time this year in the 5,000-meter run at 14:35.76.