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Forner's Title Leads NCAC Performances at Nationals

Forner's Title Leads NCAC Performances at Nationals

The NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships concluded on Saturday, Mar. 9, at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston, MA.

Allegheny senior Emily Forner (Beaver, PA./Beaver Area) finished as the national champion in the women’s 3,000-meter run, recording a winning time of 9:39.56, more than six seconds quicker than Middlebury’s Rory Kelly who finished in second with a time of 9:45.85. Forner becomes the fifth national champion in Gators’ track & field history. Last season, Forner finished 12th in the event, posting a time of 9:54.97.

Wabash freshman Preston Whaley (Forth Worth, TX/Chisholm) posted an All-American performance in the men’s triple jump, finishing in seventh place with a 14.55-meter jump while Ohio Wesleyan junior Cirrus Robinson (Columbus, OH/Ashland) recorded a 13th-place finish in the women’s high jump, clearing 1.63 meters.

On Friday, Ohio Wesleyan junior Mary Kate McElroy (Whipple, OH/Beverly Fort Frye) finished 20th in the prelims of the women’s mile with a time of 5:21.53. Wabash junior RaShawn Jones (Indianapolis, IN/Lawrence Central) was scheduled to compete in the prelims of the men’s 60-meter hurdles but was forced to scratch prior to the race.

For a complete list of results CLICK HERE.

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The NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships got underway on Friday, March 8, at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston, MA. Allegheny senior Emily Forner (Beaver, PA/Beaver Area) registered a winning time of 9:53.47 in the women's prelims of the 3,000 meter run, advancing to Saturday's finals at 4:40 p.m. Ohio Wesleyan sophomore Mary Kate McElroy (Whipple, OH/Beverly Fort Frye) finished 20th in the prelims of the women's mile run, recording a time of 5:21.53. Wabash junior RaShawn Jones (Indianapolis, IN/Lawrence Central) scratched in the prelims of the men's 60-meter hurdles on Friday.

Yet to compete are Wabash freshman Preston Whaley (Forth Worth, TX/Chisholm) and Ohio Wesleyan junior Cirrus Robinson (Columbus, OH/Ashland). Whaley will take part in the men's triple jump finals on Saturday at 2:00 p.m., while Robinson will compete in the women's high jump at 11:00 a.m. as the two-time defending national champion in the event.

You can follow live results HERE or live video HERE.

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The 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships are set to take place this weekend, Friday-Saturday, March 8-9, at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center (Boston, MA), with the University of Massachusetts, Boston serving as host. Five student-athletes will represent the NCAC this weekend in Boston. For the complete list of accepted entries CLICK HERE.

Highlighting the list of women's entries is Allegheny senior Emily Forner (Beaver, PA/Beaver Area), who holds the top seed time among qualifiers entering the 3,000 meter competition. She will be making her second-straight appearance at the national indoor meet after posting a time of 9:41.15. Preliminaries for the 3,000 will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, while the final of the event will be contested at 4:40 p.m. on Saturday. Ohio Wesleyan junior Cirrus Robinson (Columbus, OH/Ashland), the two-time defending national champion, will compete in the high jump after tying for the top seed this season with a mark of 1.75m. Finals for the high jump are scheduled for 11:00 a.m. on Saturday. Sophomore Bishop teammate Mary Kate McElroy (Whipple, OH/Beverly Fort Frye) will compete in the one-mile run after recording a time of 5:03.47, placing her as the 15th seed. The preliminaries for the mile will be held at 5:00 p.m. on Friday with the finals scheduled for 3:05 p.m. on Saturday. 

On the men's side, Wabash will send a pair of athletes to the national meet, junior RaShawn Jones (Indianapolis, IN/Lawrence Central) and freshman Preston Whaley (Fort Worth TX/Chisholm). Jones qualified for the indoor championship meet with a time of 8.02 in the 60 meter hurdles for the second-fastest time reported by a Division III runner this season. Preliminaries for the 60-meter hurdles will take place at 2:15 p.m. on Friday, with the finals scheduled for 1:55 p.m. on Saturday. Whaley will compete in the triple jump after recording a leap of 14.27 meters, placing him as the 20th seed. The NCAC Newcomer of the Year will compete in the finals on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.