INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Track and Field Committee has announced the participants for the 2006 NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships. A total of 620 participants will compete in the championships. Student-athletes qualified for the championships by reaching the automatic and provisional standards established for each event.
Of those 620 participants, 16 come from UC San Diego. The Tritons will be competing in four male events and nine events on the women's side.
For the men, all four UCSD student-athletes participating in the meet are seniors. Brad Libuit will compete in the javelin and enters with the 16th best mark in the nation at 200' 00". Carl Lostrom will compete for the second-straight year in the 3000 meter steeplechase. His time of 9:10.97 is the 9th fastest mark in Division II thus far this season.
Jon Patton and Mike Cunningham will both run in the 400 meter hurdles. Patton's time of 51.49 seconds is the 8th-best time in the country while Cunningham's time of 51.68 ranks 11th entering the race. Patton will also compete in the 110 meter high hurdles with his qualifying time of 14.48 seconds, which ranks 20th in the nation.
On the women's side, the Tritons are sending 12 student-athletes who will compete in nine events. The quartet of senior Sandy Schaefer, junior Elisa Holiday, sophomore Amber Green and freshman Katie Skorupa will contend for the 4x400 title. They enter with a qualifying time of 3:48.39, which is a school record and the 11th fastest qualifying time in the country this year.
Freshmen Jillian Sola and Sarah Hendy will both compete in the discus as Sola's mark of 154' 00.75" ranks 6th in the nation while Hendy's best throw of 150' 08.50" ranks 13th. Junior Madeleine Flint will compete in the pole vaults while Senior Briana Hinga rounds out the UCSD participants in the field events as she will compete in the javelin where she enters as the No. 1-ranked thrower in the country this year with her distance of 151' 11.50".
Senior Mimi Hodgins will look to better her 2nd place performance in last year's National Championship meet, once again competing in the 800 meters. She has the 15th fastest time entering the meet with her mark of 2:11.98. Sophomores Diane Dunn and Emily McGregor will run in the 1500 and 5000 meter races, respectively. Dunn has the 8th fastest time in the 1500 this year at 4:33.34 while McGregor was the 18th and final time to get into the 5000 with her mark of 17:25.47.
Sophomore Laiah Blue is the only female student-athlete for UCSD to be competing in two events at the National Championships. She will run in both the 100 meter and 400 meter hurdles. Her time of 13.87 second in the 100 hurdles is a school record and the 8th fastest time in the country this year while her mark of 61.93 seconds in the 400 hurdles is the 20th fastest time in D-II this season.
The championships will be held May 25-27, at Fran Welch Stadium on the campus of Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas.