On Monday, the Colorado Mesa track and field team left for Kingsville, Texas for the 2019 NCAA DII Outdoor Championships.
They are sending nine athletes, which is the most in school history.
Here’s what you should know:
- Senior pole vaulter Nolan Ellis is entering his seventh straight national championships. He’s already the most decorated CMU track and field athlete in school history, but he looks to end his five-year collegiate career on top.
- The women’s 4×100 relay team is making the school’s first ever trip to the national championships. The team consists of Kailey Paterson, Jill Payne, Sierra Arceneaux, and Brooklynn York who are all underclassmen. They are 10th heading into the championships.
- The RMAC javelin champion Roth Morgan is heading to his first NCAA championship as a true freshman. He holds the school record with a 62.01 meter throw. He is 19th going to Texas.
- Gabriella Casey is a senior pole vaulter heading to her second NCAA championships, but this is her first one outdoors. She earned second-team all-american honors in after placing 12th in 2018 at the indoor championships.
- Ethan Harris is a red-shirt freshman high jumper who is making his second-straight appearance to the championships. Even though he hasn’t been jumping for long he has continued to break the school record and is undeafeated this season. He earned all-american honors during the indoor season, as he finished sixth.
The NCAA DII Outdoor National Championships starts Thursday, May 23, through Saturday May 25 in Kingsville, TX.