Track and Field Sending 16 Student-Athletes to NCAA Outdoor Championship

Track and Field Sending 16 Student-Athletes to NCAA Outdoor Championship

Indianapolis, Ind. (May 22) -- The NCAA has announced the final qualifiers for the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which will be held from May 24-26 at the Veteran's Memorial Field Sports Complex in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse will serve as the host institution.

Overall, MIT will send 16 student-athletes to this year's national championship as they will compete in 17 overall events. The Engineers have 10 competitors on the women's side and six for the men, with women's senior Ariela Slutsky (Weston, Fla.) taking part in both the discus and the hammer throw. Slutsky is seeded No. 14 in the discus, along with sixth in the hammer throw with a school-record toss of 55.58 meters.

In the 800 meters, junior Bailey Tregoning (Frederick, Md.) and sophomore Margaret Trautner (Houston, Texas) both qualified as the No. 9 and No. 20 seeds, respectively. The Engineers also have two qualified in the 1,500 meters as sophomores Marissa McPhillips (Narragansett, R.I.) and Katie Bacher (Macungie, Pa.) are the sixth and eighth seeds in the event. Senior Mary Eccles (Wahaiwa, Hawaii), coming off her second straight New England D3 Outdoor 10K Championship, is the ninth seed in the 10,000 meters as she ran a best of 35:27.11 at the Larry Ellis Invitational late in the season.

Senior Hannah Chen (Los Gatos, Calif.) is appearing in her fourth straight NCAA outdoor championship as she is looking for her fourth All-American finish in the 400-meters. She enters the meet as the fifth seed with a time of 1:01.14. Sophomore Jenna Melanson (Woodland, Wash.), who won her heat of the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 2017, returns to the field in 2018 as the All-American ran 10:43.76 to earn her spot.

In the pole vault, freshman Jacqueline Ahrens (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.) enters nationals as the ninth seed with a height of 3.80 meters. Junior Kari Stromhaug (Vestal, N.Y.) will be looking for her second straight outdoor All-American recognition as she is the No. 14 seed at 3.77 meters.

For the men, freshman Yorai Shaoul (Raanana, Israel) comes into outdoors as the sixth seed in the triple jump at 15.06 meters. He finished as the national runner-up at the NCAA indoor meet. Senior William Ruschel (Bethel Park, Pa.) joins Shaoul in the triple jump field as he is the 11th seed at 14.74 meters.

Sophomore Alec Reduker (Newburyport, Mass.), coming off indoor All-American honors, is the eighth seed in the high jump with a leap of 2.10 meters. Senior Cody Bratten (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) is appearing in his second straight NCAA Championship in the discus as he is seeded ninth at 51.56 meters.

Junior Aidan Gilson (Florence, Mass.) appears in his second straight outdoor championship as the three-time NEWMAC steeplechase champion is the No. 12 seed with a time of 9:09.62. Senior Chris Sweeney (Woodland Park, N.J.) returns to the outdoor NCAA Championship as he is the 18th seed in the 400-meter hurdles in 53.20 seconds.

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