The 2018 NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships will be held this weekend, May 24-26, at the Roger Harring Stadium and Veteran Memorial Field Sports Complex on the campus of The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
The NCAC will once again be well represented at the national meet as 15 total student-athletes will be making the trip to Wisconsin to compete in 14 different events, led by Oberlin senior Monique Newton (Sacramento, CA/Rancho Cordova) who has posted qualifying marks in three different throwing events.
Newton boasts top-six performance marks in all three of her events, highlighted by ranking second in the nation in the discus throw with a heave of 48.85 meters. She also ranks fifth in the hammer at 55.62 M and sixth out of 22 competitors in the shot put with a distance of 14.48 M. Newton will be joined by two additional NCAC athletes in the discus competition as Denison senior Arlesha Cospy (Trotwood, OH/Trotwood-Madison) owns the nation’s ninth-best mark at 46.80 M and Oberlin senior Ana Richardson (Eugene, OR/South Eugene) ranks 18th overall at 44.47 M.
Three additional female athletes from the NCAC will be competing in two different field events at the nation meet, led by Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Cirrus Robinson (Ashland, OH/Ashland) and Denison senior Hannah Hall (New Richmond, OH/New Richmond) taking part in the high jump competition. Robinson, who finished third in the event at the national meet last year, ranks fifth overall in this year’s field at a height of 1.70 M, while Hall has the 20th-best mark at 1.66 M. In addition, Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Megan Sievers (Strongsville, OH/Strongsville) is 18th on the performance list for the women’s long jump competition with a leap of 5.73 M.
The final three females from the NCAC will be competing on the track over the course of the three-day meet, highlighted by Oberlin senior Lilah Drafts-Johnson (Melrose, MA/Melrose) holding the nation’s top time to date in the 400 hurdles 59.84 seconds. Her time not only leads the performance list, but its also the only sub-minute time posted by a Div. III female student-athlete in the event this season. The final two runners hail from Allegheny and will be competing in distance events, including junior Emily Forner (Beaver, PA/Beaver Area) ranking 16th in the 5,000 at 16:54.73 and senior Olivia Mamula (Cambridge Springs, PA/Cambridge Springs) owning the 18th-best time in the 3,000 Steeplechase at 10:48.16.
On the men’s side, six student-athletes have qualified to compete in six different events, led by Ohio Wesleyan senior Nate Newman (Chillicothe, OH/Zane Trace) entering the meet with the nation’s top score to date in the men’s decathlon with his score of 6,832 points that he posted in late May at the NCAC Championships.
DePauw senior Polo Burguete (El Paso, TX/Culver Acad.) also owns a top-five performance mark in an individual event, ranking fourth out of 20 runners in the 3,000 Steeplechase with a time of 9:04.55.
Two additional male athletes from the NCAC own top-10 performance marks, including Ohio Wesleyan freshman Cade Richeson (Worthington, OH/Thomas Worthington) in the shot put and Wittenberg senior Tyler Gittins (Westerville, OH/Columbus Acad.) in the 400 Hurdles. Richeson ranks sixth in the shot put with a heave of 16.68 M, while Gittins ranks ninth overall in the 400 Hurdles with a time of 52.63 seconds.
The final two league athletes enter the national meet with the 13th-best seed time in their respective events, including DePauw freshman Samuel Voelz (New Palestine, IN/New Palestine) in the 800 (1:51.34) and Wabash sophomore RaShawn Jones (Indianapolis, IN/Lawrence Central) in the 110 Hurdles (14.49).