Mount Union Sends 10 to NCAA Track & Field Championships
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The University of Mount Union will have 10 student-athletes competing at the 2011 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships this Thursday-Saturday (May 26-28) at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.
Sophomore Mary Mahoney (Ashtabula/St. John-St. Paul) , freshmen Alexis Campbell (St. Clairsville/St. Clairsville), Emily Mazzaferri (Canton/GlenOak), Heather Potts (Louisville/Louisville), along with juniors Kelsey Shonk (Columbus/Bishop Harley) and Aubree Jones (Falconer, N.Y./Falconer) will compete on the women's side.
Mahoney qualified and is ranked third in the nation (56.10) in the 400 meter dash. She will run in the event for a second straight year which preliminaries as this year she was the Ohio Athletic Conference Sprint Athlete of the Meet at the OAC Outdoor Championships.
Mahoney will also combine with Campbell, Mazzaferri and Potts to run in the 1600 meter relay. The relay team, which won the OAC title this year, is ranked 14th in the nation with a time of 3:52.53 and competes at 9:05 pm Thursday.
Shonk is ranked 18th in the nation in the discus (147-3), won the Ohio Athletic Conference champion in the event and throws at 3 pm Saturday.
Jones competes in the javelin at noon on Saturday and enters the championship ranked 21st in the nation (135-10). A year ago she competed at the national meet in the discus.
On the men's side, junior Sean Denard (Naperville, Ill./Naperville North), seniors Scott Thomas (Salem/West Branch) and Marc Aukerman (Greensburg, Pa./Latrobe) and freshman Sam Ludgood (Webster, N.Y./Webster Schroeder) will each compete.
Denard is qualified in two events as he is ranked eighth in the nation in the discus (172-7) and ninth in the shot put (55-2.75). Denard was an All-American in the discus a year ago as he finished seventh in the nation.
Thomas is ranked ninth (10.64) and will run the preliminaries of the 100 meter dash on 7:30 pm Friday. He was OAC Sprint Athlete of the Meet at the 2011 OAC Indoor Track and Field Championships and was sixth in the nation and an All-American at the NCAA Indoor Track Championships this past March.
Aukerman throws the javelin at 3 pm Saturday as he won the OAC title and is ranked 12th in the nation (201-0).
Ludgood is ranked No. 19 in the nation in the triple jump (47-7), claimed the OAC title in the event and will compete at noon Saturday.
The 10 are part of 796 participants (398 men and 398 women) that qualified for the championship and the top eight finishers in every event will earn All-American honors.