Cole, Sloboh win titles at NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships

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BOSTON – Wesley College junior Evelina Sloboh and freshman Kai Cole earned national titles in the 60-meter dash at the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Reggie Lewis Center in Boston.

Coming into the day as the third seed, Sloboh cruised to a record-breaking time of 7.55 seconds, besting her previous personal record of 7.60 seconds from the Navy Select earlier in the indoor season. She finished .11 of a second faster than Gabrielle Noland of Loras, who placed second in the meet. Sloboh is Wesley's first female national champion in any sport. Along with the national championship, Sloboh earned the second indoor All-American honor of her career.

Cole, who entered the 60-meter final as the top seed, zoomed to his national championship with a time of 6.80 seconds. Cole finished .03 seconds faster than Calvin Jordan of Benedictine (Ill.) and Darren Jones of Texas Lutheran.

It is the third time in NCAA history that a school swept the 60-meter dashes joining Lincoln (Pa.) and Christopher Newport. Under the direction of head coach Stephen Kimes, it is the sixth and seventh national championship in his seven-year tenure at Wesley and his first two indoor national champions.

Thomas Kalieta Jr. narrowly missed becoming an All-American for the second time in the 400-meter dash, placing ninth in the race with a time of 48.97 seconds.