Lee tracksters open NAIA Nationals today
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NAIA Track
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MARION, Ind. — The Lee University track program is sending a school-record seven athletes to the 2013 NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championship. The three-day event opens today and runs through Saturday on the Indiana Wesleyan University Track.

Brad Davis will kick off the action for Lee a little after 5 this evening. Davis enters the men’s 200-meter dash preliminaries as the 13th seed.

The women’s 4x800-meter relay will hit the track at approximately 5:40 p.m. for its preliminary round. The team’s members are Emily Arnesen, Storyie Miller, Jessica Childers, Cayce Bryan and Ashley Matthews.

"Our women's 4x800m was the last team to make the cut for nationals,” said Lee head coach Caleb Morgan. “We are excited to see what the team can do. All four members have been working very hard the last three weeks and are ready to improve upon their ninth place at indoor nationals."

Mike Walker will be the final Lee performer of the day. The senior will enter the preliminaries of the 3,000-meter steeplechase with the 15th-fastest qualifying time.

Friday’s schedule will see two more preliminary races for Lee runners. Bryan is seeded seventh in the 800-meter run at 2 p.m., while Davis takes on the 100-meter dash around 3:10 p.m.

The women’s 4x800-meter relay final is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Matthews will give Lee an early start to the schedule on Saturday. The women’s marathon is the first event on the slate, beginning at 6 a.m.

"This will be Matthews’ first trip to nationals and first marathon,” added Morgan. “We look for her to be at the front of Saturday’s race contending for NAIA All-American honors.”

The top eight finishers of each event earn the designation of NAIA All-American.

Finals for the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase, men’s 100-meter dash, women’s 800-meter run and men’s 200-meter dash are tabbed for Saturday afternoon.

"We look for our past All-American performers (Bryan, Davis and Walker) to continue competing at a high level as they have done all year. This will be the first time any of them have competed at outdoor nationals," Morgan concluded.

The national championships will be streamed online live and free at http://www.wiwutv.com/naiatrack/?&DB_OEM_ID=27900, courtesy of Indiana Wesleyan University and WIWU TV-51.