Senior Trio Earns Invite to NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Senior Trio Earns Invite to NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Indianapolis, IN --- Recent WPI graduates Carley Dykstra (Andover, NJ), Ryan Wittenberg (Bedford, NH) and Antoine Harris (Southington, CT) will don the Crimson and Gray and represent the University one more time as they have been invited to the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships being held May 23-25. This year's event, hosted by Mount Union and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission, is being held at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, OH. All three previously earned All-America honors in their respective events during the indoor season.

Dykstra became the program's lone outdoor record holder with a clearance of 12-4.75 in the pole vault at the Connecticut College Silfen Invitational. The 13th-ranked height is slightly lower than her 12-5.5 fourth-place performance at the indoor meet. All eight All-Americans from the indoor meet will be making the trip, including Heidi Nassos (Wash U), Kari Stromhaug (MIT) and Maggie Krause (Ohio Northern) who were also outdoor All-Americans in 2018. Olivia McDaniel (Linfield) and Nassos were 1-2 with a height of 12-11.5 in March.

Wittenberg will be the 11th seed with a school record time of 1:51.62 in the 800-meter run. He recently reset his own standard at the NEICAAA (All-New England, All-Divisions) Championships. No stranger to the SPIRE Institute, Wittenberg was the third leg of the 12th-place 4x400-meter relay in 2017. The 2019 USTFCCCA Division III Indoor Men's New England Track Athlete of the Year finished seventh in March after placing ninth in the 800m at the 2018 indoor meet. Five of the eight indoor All-Americans have earned invites, including the top three finishers Kyler Lueck (Wisconsin-Eau Claire), George Papoulis (UMass Dartmouth) and Zachariah Hoyle (Southern Maine). Nathan Hill (Middlebury) will be the lone outdoor All-America from a year ago.  

Harris, who was on the bubble by one spot and .04 seconds, will enter as the 19th seed in the 200-meter dash. He reset the school record Thursday with a 21.49 at the Great Lakes Final Qualifying Meet. The seventh-fastest student-athlete in the finals back in March will be joined by fellow indoor All-Americans Corey Carter (Principia), Calden Wojt (Wisconsin – Stevens Point), Cameron Dobbins (Rutgers – Camden) and Randolph Fry (Adrian). Wojt leads a trio of 2018 outdoor All-Americans that also includes Patrick Mikel (Loras) and Luke Bohlinger (Redlands).

In the oh-so-close department, the 4x100-meter relay consisting of sophomore Matt Adiletta (Bolton, MA), junior Nick Fleury (Hopkinton, NH), junior William Kopellas (Needham, MA) and Harris, meanwhile, was .07 seconds and a handful of spots shy of an invite with a school-record 41.46, which was also set on Thursday.

Schedule

Thursday, May 23
12:00pm - pole vault final
5:10pm - 200m prelims

Friday, May 24
4:15pm - 800m prelims

Saturday, May 25
2:00pm - 800m final
2:50pm - 200m final

NCAA Release | Men's Accepted Entries | Women's Accepted Entries