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ESU Sending 18 To NCAA Track Championships

Posted: 2:48 PM May 14, 2013
Reporter: ESU Sports Information (Posted by J.B. Bauersfeld)

May 14, 2013-The Emporia State track and field teams will be sending 18 student-athletes to the Outdoor National Championships in Pueblo, Colo. May 23-25 at the Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl located on the campus of Colorado State Univeristy-Pueblo. The ten Hornets represent the largest group of men in the MIAA and the 18 combined entries are the second most in the MIAA this year. Emporia State is the only MIAA school to send at least eight athletes in both the men's and women's competition.

All-American and MIAA Champion Briar Ploude has the highest national ranking among the Emporia State men. He is ranked third in the high jump after clearing a school record 7-02.25 (2.19m) at the Drake Relays. He has finished 13th indoors this year in the high jump.

All-American and former national champion Andrew Etheridge is ranked sixth in the 110m hurdles after running a 13.97 in the prelims of the MIAA Championships. He finished second in the finals at the MIAA meet.

Gannon Mack will be competing in two individual events in Pueblo. He is ranked 11th in the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.08 set at the Sam Williams Qualifier last weekend. He will also qualified with a time of 52.44 in the 400m hurdles in a runner-up performance at the Kansas Relays.

All-American Shjuan Richardson is ranked 16th in the 100m. He ran a 10.40 at the Sam Williams Qualifier and is the 12th fastest football player regardless of NCAA Division in the country in the 100m this spring.

Payson Maydew turned in a personal best 6,719 points at the OBU Last Chance Meet to qualify 14th in the decathlon. He placed third in the event at the MIAA Championships and was tenth in the heptathlon at the National Championships indoors.

Dwayne Wall hit a personal best 49-06.50 (15.10m) at the Sam Williams Qualifier to move up to 16th nationally.

Donald Wilcox is ranked 19th in the long jump after going 24-01.50 (7.35m) at the Drake Relays. He had a wind-aided mark of 24-06.50 (7.47m) at the Sam Williams Qualifier. He placed 16th last year in the Outdoor National Championships.

All-American Marcus Calleja is ranked 21st nationally after clearing 6-09.75 (2.08m) at the Wichita State KT Woodman Classic. He placed sixth nationally at the Indoor National Championships in the high jump.

Derwin Hall and Vincent Howze will join Etheridge and Richardson on the 400m relay team. They clocked a 40.76 at the Drake Relays to rank 13th nationally this spring.

School record holder Sara Dunkin is the top ranked performer for the Emporia State women. She is ranked fifth in the javelin with a mark of 151-07 (46.20m) set at the ESU Spring Open. She was ninth in the javelin last year in Pueblo.

Carmen King is ranked 14th in the long jump after going 19-06.00 (5.94m) at the Sam Williams Qualifier. The MIAA Champion in the event at 19-01.25 (5.82m), she had a wind aided jump of 19-07.00 (5.97m) at the Williams Qualifier as well.

Nikki Wetstein qualified 15th in the 100m hurdles after running 13.80 at the Sam Williams Qualifier. She was sixth in the event at the MIAA Championships after turning in the second best time of 13.92 in the prelims.

Misty Lowe is the first Emporia State women to make it to the national meet in the shot put since Rachel Goetz won the national championship in 2004. Lowe is ranked 17th with a mark of 46-09.50 (14.26m) at the ESU MidWeek Open. She was fifth in the shot at the MIAA Championships.

Marqueita Marisette is ranked 21st in the 400m with a time of 55.76 set at the Sam Williams Qualifier. She will also run on both Emporia State relay teams that made the national meet.

The 4x400m relay team of Marisette, Peyton Weiss, Lindsay Kunkel and Jackie Jacobs ran a season's best 3:44.65 at the Drake Relays to rank ninth nationally. They were second in the MIAA Outdoor Championships. The foursome qualified for the Indoor Championships and placed 11th overall.

King replaces Kunkel on the 4x100m relay that is ranked 16th after running a 46.60 at the Sam Williams Qualifier. They were second in the MIAA Championships to Lincoln.

The Hornets will have competitors on all three days of the championships in Pueblo, starting with Maydew in the men's decathlon on Thursday, May 23.

2013 Emporia State Track & Field at NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Marcus Calleja High Jump 21st 6-09.75 (2.08m)
Andrew Etheridge 110m Hurdles 6th 13.97
4x100m Relay 13th 40.76
Derwin Hall 4x100m Relay 13th 40.76
Vincent Howze 4x100m Relay 13th 40.76
Gannon Mack 110m Hurdles 11th 14.08
400m Hurdles 16th 52.44
Payson Maydew Decathlon 14th 6,719 pts
Briar Ploude High Jump 3rd 7-02.25 (2.19m)
Shjuan Richardson 100m 16th 10.40
4x100m Relay 13th 40.76
Donald Wilcox Long Jump 19th 24-01.50 (7.35m)
Dwayne Wall Triple Jump 16th 49-06.50 (15.10m)

Sara Dunkin Javelin 5th 151-07 (46.20m)
Jackie Jacobs 4x400m Relay 9th 3:44.65
4x100m Relay 16th 46.60
Carmen King Long Jump 14th 19-06.00 (5.94m)
4x100m Relay 16th 46.60
Lindsay Kunkel 4x400m Relay 9th 3:44.65
Misty Lowe ShotPut 17th 46-09.50 (14.26m)
Marqueita Marisette 4x400m Relay 9th 3:44.65
4x100m Relay 16th 46.60
400m Dash 21st 55.76
Peyton Weiss 4x400m Relay 9th 3:44.65
4x100m Relay 16th 46.60
Nikki Wetstein 100m Hurdles 15th 13.80


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