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9 NCAC Athletes Qualify For Indoor Nationals

Oberlin senior Ana Richardson (L) & Ohio Wesleyan senior Nate Newman (R)
Oberlin senior Ana Richardson (L) & Ohio Wesleyan senior Nate Newman (R)

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The 2018 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships are set to take place this weekend, March 9-10, at the CrossPlex on the campus of Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama. In total, nine student-athletes will represent the NCAC this weekend in Alabama. CLICK HERE for a complete list of accepted entries. 

Highlighting the list of league entries is Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Cirrus Robinson (Ashland, OH/Ashland) who is one of four females to post the nation’s top effort this season in the high jump at 5’07.75”. Oberlin senior Monique Newton (Sacramento, CA/Rancho Cordova) will be participating in a pair of events in Alabama, ranking second in the nation the shot put (48’03.25”) and fourth overall in the weight throw (58’07.25”). Newton will be joined in the weight throw by senior teammate Ana Richardson (Eugene, OR/Eugene) who enters the national meet with the second-best effort to date in the event at 60’05.00”. Two additional NCAC athletes have qualified to compete in field events, including Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Megan Sievers (Strongsville, OH/Strongsville) with the 11th-best qualifying mark in the long jump (18’08.50”) and Wooster junior Carolyn Webster (Fredericktown, OH/Fredericktown) with the 17th-best effort this season in the high jump at 5’05.25”. On the track, Oberlin senior Lilah Drafts-Johnson (Melrose, CA/Melrose) owns the nation’s fifth-fastest time in the 400-meter run at 56.13 seconds, while Allegheny junior Emily Forner (Beaver, PA/Beaver Area) ranks 13th in the 3,000-meter run with a time of 9:48.06. 

On the men’s side, Ohio Wesleyan freshman Cade Richeson (Worthington, OH/Thomas Worthington) ranks 10th in the country in the shot put with a toss of 54’07.25”, while senior Nate Newman (Chillicothe, OH/Zane Trace) qualified to compete in the men’s heptathlon for the fourth year in a row, ranking 11th in the nation in the event after scoring 4,917 points in the event at the All-Ohio Championships.