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.
|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|