Four qualify for NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Four qualify for NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships

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DOVER, Del. – Four Wesley College track & field athletes qualified for the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which will be held Thursday, May 23 – Saturday, May 25 at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.

Three men qualified for the national meet while Evelina Sloboh will represent the Wesley women at the NCAA Championships.

The defending men's 60-meter dash indoor national champion, freshman Kai Cole looks to capture the 100-meter dash national championship as the third seed in the race. Cole qualified with a time of 10.46 seconds from the Morgan State Legacy Meet on April 19. Cole also had the third-fastest time in the nation in the 200-meter dash but will not compete in the race.

Sloboh, a junior, secured a spot in her fourth national meet as the eighth seed in the 100-meter dash with a qualifying time of 12.03 seconds from the Ursinus Outdoor Invitational on March 23. Sloboh is a two-time All-American and a 2019 indoor national champion in the women's 60-meter dash.

Sophomore Thomas Kalieta Jr. returns to the NCAA Championships for the third time. Kalieta ran a time of 47.72 in the 400-meter dash at the Morgan State Legacy Meet on April 19 to qualify as the seventh seed in the race. Kalieta is a two-time All-American.

Fellow sophomore John Heriot qualified for his second NCAA Championships, his first as an individual, after securing the 20th seed in the 200-meter dash. Heriot qualified when he clocked in at 21.49 seconds at the Navy Spring Meet on March 30. Heriot is a 2018 All-American in the 4x400-meter relay.

For each men's individual event contested, including the decathlon, the top 20 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition.  For each women's individual event contested, including the heptathlon, the top 22 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition.  For each relay event contested, the top 16 declared relay teams, one per institution, were accepted into the competition. The top eight finishers in each event earn All-American honors.