Nine members of the Emory University Track and Field teams have been selected to compete in the upcoming NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships from May 25th – 27th at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The University of Mount Union and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission act as hosts.
Senior Mia Eisenhandler, junior Gabrielle Stravach and sophomores Dani Bland and Ariana Newhouse will compete in individual events for the women with both the 4x100m and 4x400m Relays both selected to Outdoor Championships. The 4x100m Relay team consists of Bland, Newhouse, junior Julia Leventhal and sophomore Dilys Osei and the 4x400m Relay features Osei, Newhouse, junior Erica Goldman and freshman Kaitlyn Leonard.
Bland enters with top-five seed times in both the 100 and 200m Dashes, owning the second fastest seed time in the 100 (11.70) and is fifth in the 200 (24.26). She placed second in both events at the UAA Championships in April.
Stravach adds a top-five seed time for the Eagles as she is positioned fifth with a time of 4:30.65 in the 1500m Run. Stravach earned All-UAA honors in the event, finishing second at the UAA Championships.
Eisenhandler, a third-place finisher in the 3000m Steeplechase at the UAA Championships, owns the 19th-best seed time in the event out of 22 participants, coming in at 10:54.07. Newhouse will compete in the 400m Dash at the NCAA Championships for the second straight season, earning the final qualifying spot with a time of 56.63. She placed 21st overall at the 2016 NCAA Championships.
Osei, Newhouse and Goldman head back to the NCAA Championships as part of the 4x400m Relay after finishing fourth overall at last year’s Outdoor Championships. This season, the trio along with Leonard enter with the seventh-fastest seed time out of 16 teams with a mark of 3:49.27. The group earned All-UAA kudos with a second-place finish.
Osei, Newhouse, Bland and Leventhal are set to compete in the 4x100m Relay for the first time at the Outdoor Championships as the group posted a season-best time of 47.14, the ninth fastest seed time of 16 qualifying relay teams. The group added a UAA title with a time of 47.27 last month.
Junior Shane Sullivan is the lone representative for the men’s team, competing in the 5000m Run for the Eagles. Sullivan ranks as the 14th fastest out of the field of 20 runners with his seed time of 14:24.23. He finished second overall at the UAA Championships.
Action in Geneva, Ohio begins on Thursday with the prelims of the 200m Dash, 1500m Run, 3000m Steeplechase, the 4x100m Relay and the 4x400m Relay. For the full schedule of events plus ticket information and more general information regarding the 2017 NCAA Division III Championship, please see the championship website found at the top of the page.