Packard, Strangio & Men’s 4x400m Invited to NCAA DIII Track & Field Championships

Packard, Strangio & Men’s 4x400m Invited to NCAA DIII Track & Field Championships

Indianapolis, IN --- Two individuals and a relay will head to La Crosse, Wisconsin for the 2018 NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships May 24-26.

Sophomore Sydney Packard (Georgetown, MA) and senior Lea Strangio (Watertown, MA) will contest the women's 800-meter run while the quartet of sophomore Alex Rus (Newton, MA), senior Paul-Henry Schoenhagen (Cleveland Heights, OH), sophomore Nick Fleury (Hopkinton, NH) and senior Warren Staver (Centreville, MD) will compete in the men's 4x400-meter relay.

Packard was the first to qualify with a 2:09.34 at Georgia Tech a week after an impressive performance at the indoor version of the event. It will be the fourth consecutive NCAA appearance for the two-time All-America, who also claimed the NEWMAC 1,500-meter run title with the 10th-ranked time. The NEWMAC and Division III New England 800m champion was the top D3 performer with a fifth-place 2:09.27 at the NEICAAA Championships. Only two-time defending champion Emily Richards from Ohio Northern and repeat All-America Annalise Wagner from Washington U had a quicker time over the course of the outdoor season. Richards, Wagner and Packard were the top 3 at the indoor championships.

Strangio is making a return trip to the national outdoor meet and third overall. With a spot in reach the entire season, Strangio began with a 2:14.09 at the Yellow Jacket Invitational before improving the past three attempts in as many weeks culminating with the 21st-ranked 2:12.61 at the MIT Final Qualifier.

The relay bettered the school record by nearly a second, and four spots on the national leaderboard, with a 3:13.69 Thursday at MIT to rank seventh. Rus and Staver were members of last year's foursome that placed 12th in a time of 3:15.61, while Schoenhagen served as the alternate. Rus was also .06, and one declaration, off the final spot in the individual 400m with his NEWMAC title time of 48.17.

 

Day Event Eastern Central Links  
Thursday Men's 4x400m Prelims 6:30 5:30 Live Results | Video  
           
Friday Women's 800m Prelims 6:15 5:15 Live Results | Video  
           
Saturday Women's 800m Final 3:00 2:00 Live Results | Video  
  Men's 4x400m Final 4:50 3:50    

 

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