INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country Committee announced the participants for the 2017 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track …
INDIANAPOLIS — The NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Track and Field and Cross Country Committee announced the participants for the 2017 NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships Tuesday evening.
The Flames and Lady Flames combined to place five athletes among the total of 754 participants (377 men and 377 women).
“We are very excited to send several athletes,” said Lee head coach Caleb Morgan. “With the amount of men we are sending, we should be able to make a big push in the team standings.”
The Flames will be represented by Justin Brooks, Josiah Brooks, Christian Noble and Harold Smith, while Adrian Martin will carry the banner for the Lady Flames.
Martin was Lee’s only representative at last season’s championships. She placed ninth in the 100-meter and was 12th in the 200-meter on her way to earning two NCAA All-American Second Team distinctions.
The senior enters the 200-meter preliminaries with the fourth-best time in the event this season. She is seeded seventh at the 100-meter distance.
Justin Brooks joins Martin as a multiple event selection. Brooks enters the championships with the 11th-best time in the 400-meter and is No. 14 in the 200-meter.
Noble holds the 10th-best time among those selected to run in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Smith was the 13th selection for the 800-meter run. Josiah Brooks is the lone Lee athlete in the field events. His distance in the triple jump is No. 17 among those advancing to the championships.
“Our preparation the last three weeks has been perfect,” added Morgan. “Everyone is in a much better place than when they qualified.”
Student-athletes qualified for the championships by reaching the automatic and provisional standards established for each event. The complete list of qualifiers is available at http://www.leonetiming.com/2017/Outdoor/NCAADII/. Heat sheets are scheduled to be released on Monday, May 22.
The championships will be held May 25-27 in Bradenton, Florida, at IMG Academy. The University of Tampa and IMG Academy will serve as co-hosts of the championships. The championships will be streamed live on NCAA.com each day.
The five national selections were joined by Jordan Allison, Cayce Bryan, Hannah Buttolph, Jessica Childers, Nicolette Gordon, Audrey Smith and Seth Eagleson on the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-Region list for the 2016-17 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field season.
The top-five individuals in each event from each region earned All-Region distinction, in addition to each of the members of the regions’ top-three relay teams. A total of 671 men from 144 different institutions made up the 913 men’s All-Region honors. On the women’s side, 621 women from 147 institutions made up the 925 women’s All-Region honors.
Justin Brooks earned the honor in the 200 and 400-meter dashes, while Josiah Brooks did it in the 200-meter dash and the triple jump. Noble (5,000-meter and steeplechase) and Harold Smith (800 and 1500-meter) also received two honors. Eagleson made the All-Region list in the 10,000-meter run.
For the women, Martin made her mark in the 100 and 200-meter dashes. Childers (800 and 1,500-meter runs) and Audrey Smith (steeplechase and 10,000-meter run) were Lee’s other two-event honorees.
Allison’s performance in the heptathlon at the GSC Championships put her on the list. Bryan (800-meter run), Buttolph (high jump) and Gordon (pole vault) rounded out the list.
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