Seven national champions crowned on day two of 2009 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship
May 23, 2009
Day two of the 2009 Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship, hosted by Marietta College, began with the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh junior Ellie Sitek being crowned as the first multiple national champion. She won the discus throw with a mark of 157-3.
Overall on Friday (May 22) seven national champions were crowned, highlighted by four new Don Drumm Stadium records and two NCAA Championship marks.
After eight events, on the women's side, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse leads the way with 33 points followed by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with 29. On the men's side, Wisconsin-Oshkosh holds down the top spot with 24 points, while the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has 20 points.
Aside from her discus title Sitek also won the hammer throw Thursday (May 21) with a top mark of 175-10. Both of her performances are Don Drumm Stadium records. Sitek will go for a national championship hat trick Saturday (May 23) when she competes in the shot put.
Hardin-Simmons (Texas) University senior Ashley Huston scored an NCAA Championship record 5,242 points to finish in first place of the women's heptathlon. Huston earned the title in just the first year that Hardin-Simmons sponsored a women's track program. Huston easily won the championship by increasing her lead from 84 points to 389 on day two of competition. Huston will compete for a second championship on Saturday (May 23) in the high jump.
Linfield (Ore.) College brothers Josh and Jeremy Lovell went first and second in the men's decathlon with 7,080 points and 6,857 points, respectively. The junior brothers have now combined to achieve All-America honors five times in the event over their three-year careers. Josh finished third in the event last year and was 13th as a freshman in 2007, while Jeremy was sixth last season and eighth two years ago. This year, Josh was first in the 100m dash and the 400m dash. Jeremy did not win an event but was second in the 100m dash and the javelin.
With two laps remaining in the 3,000m steeplechase Hamilton (N.Y.) College junior Peter Kosegei overtook the field to win his third-consecutive national title with a time of 8:56.67. He also set a new Don Drumm Stadium mark by nearly 20 seconds. Overall, nine participants topped the previous stadium record.
Junior Stephanie Perleberg of Wisconsin-La Crosse was victorious in the 3,000m steeplechase with a time of 10:22.34. Her time is the fastest in Division III this season and set a Don Drumm Stadium record.
Sophomore Tony Baker of Wisconsin-Oshkosh won the men's discus throw. Baker recorded his championship throw of 165-8 during his second attempt of the trials.
The day concluded with North Central (Ill.) College junior Rachel Secrest winning the pole vault national championship. Secrest, a 2008 All-America honoree who set the national record in the event (13-5 1/4) earlier this season, recorded the best height in Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championship history after clearing 13-2 1/4.
Also on Thursday, the final field was set for eight more events, as trial runs took place for the men's 110m hurdles and the women's 100m hurdles, along with the men's and women's 100m dash, 400m dash and the 800m run. Five new Don Drumm Stadium marks were set in the trials.
Saturday concludes the championship and a combined 26 national champions will be crowned. The day begins with the women's triple jump at 11:30 a.m. Running events start at 1:00 p.m. with the men's 400m relay.