DOVER, Del. - Twelve members of the Wesley College Men's and Women's Track and Field teams will travel to Grinnell, Iowa this weekend to compete in the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field National Championships hosted by Grinnell College.
Two Wolverine relay teams have qualified for the national event as well as four individual competitors. Head Coach Stephen Kimes was thrilled with his teams' performance so far this season and looks forward to the event.
"Our main goal is to get everyone through their preliminaries with a top-eight finish and into the finals. We hope to get into the finals and get to the podium as many times as possible," said Kimes. "It would be great for these student-athletes to get All-American honors and even possibly grab a national championship."
National Championship Competitors
The 4x400 relay team has put up some solid numbers this season, finishing the year ranked fourth in the nation with their qualifying time of 3.17.76 posted at the Boston Last Chance Meet. The squad is just 1.23 seconds behind the nation's fastest time this season and will hope to medal at the National Championships.
Women's 4x400 Relay Team - Elizsha Streeter, Quadira Minus, Angel Hall, Briana Artis
The Wesley Women's 4x400 relay team qualified for the National Championship meet with a season-best mark of 3:51.20, jumping from 15th to 11th in the national standings this past weekend. The mark is not far from the fastest qualifying time in the nation and if the team runs well, they could compete for the podium.
Wesley has two of the fastest men in the country running for them in the National Championships this weekend. DaJahn Lowery enters the National Championships with the ninth fastest time in the nation (6.90) while Anthony Simpson has posted Division III's fastest time in the event this year with a 6.77.
Men's 200m Sprint - Anthony Simpson
Not only has Simpson qualified as the top runner in the 60m, he also ranks third in the nation in the 200m. The freshman speedster has posted a mark of 21.93 this year, just 0.07 seconds off the nation's fastest time.
Men's 60m Hurdles - Roland Attoh-Okine
Roland Attoh-Okine has qualified for the 60-meter hurdles with a time of 8.05. He set that mark at the CAC Indoor Championships, taking second in that event. He will look to improve on his time and medal on the national level as well.
Women's 60m Sprint - Evelina Sloboh
Evelina Sloboh is looking to begin her Wesley career on the right note. The freshman has already blazed past most of her competition this season, setting a CAC Indoor Championships record in the 60m with a 7.73. Her fastest time this season (7.70) also set a new Wesley College program record. She ranks 11th in the nation entering the National Championships and is just 0.10 seconds away from the nation's fastest mark this year.