Four Presidents Earn Spots In NCAA Division III Track & Field Championship Field
WASHINGTON, Pa. -- The NCAA announced the qualifiers for the 2013 Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship Sunday and Washington & Jefferson College will be sending a school-record four competitors for the three-day event which begins Thursday (May 23) in La Crosse, Wisconsin at Roger Harring Stadium & Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex.
Junior Cheyenne Mangold (Boerne, Texas/Texas Military Institute) and sophomore Kristen Galligan (Frederick, Md./Governor Thomas Johnson) will compete for women's national titles, while seniors Jared Jones (Glenshaw, Pa./Shaler) and Scott Ryan (Williamsville, N.Y./Williamsville East) qualified on the men's side.
Mangold will run in two events, the 400 meters and the 400-meter hurdles. She owns the nation's seventh-best, 400-meter time (56.13) and the 15th-fastest, 400-meter hurdle time (1:02.21). Mangold is the first President to compete in the 400-meter national championship since Michelle Wuenstel earned All-America status in 2011 when posting a school-record time of 55.59 seconds in the preliminaries. Mangold placed third in the 400 meters at this past weekend's ECAC Division III Championships.
The 400-meter hurdle prelims will be raced on Thursday at 6:05 pm EDT, while qualifying for the 400 meter finals is Friday at 6:50 pm EDT.
Galligan, an All-American during the cross country season in the fall, also qualified in two events. She will first race in the 10,000 meters on Thursday at 7:20 pm EDT, while competing in the 5,000 meters Saturday at 6:30 pm EDT.
Galligan earned a spot in the 5,000-meter NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships during the winter and placed ninth. She boasts the nation's seventh-fastest time in the 10,000 meters (35:50.56) and the 18th-best mark in the 5,000 meters (17:07.57). Galligan, who placed third in the ECAC 5,000-meter championship, will be competing at a NCAA Division III national championship for the fourth time in her two-year career (2 cross country, 1 indoor track, 1 outdoor track).
Jones set a new school record and placed third at the ECAC Division III Championships this past weekend with his NCAA qualifying time of 21.58 seconds in the 200 meters. That time broke the school record set in 2006 by Virgil Marshall. Jones was the Presidents' Athletic Conference runner-up this spring in both the 100- and 200-meter events.
The 200-meter dash prelims will be held Thursday at 7:00 pm EDT. His time is the 10th-fastest, 200-meter mark in the country.
Ryan will compete in a NCAA Division III championship meet for the third time during his standout career after racing in the past two cross country national championships. He qualified for the 10,000-meter national championship race after posting a school-record time of 30:04.91 at the Bucknell Invitational in April.
Ryan is a three-time Presidents' Athletic Conference champion in the 10,000 meters. He will run the event in Wisconsin on Thursday at 8:05 pm EDT and is seeded ninth.