Two track athletes are in NCAA outdoor championships

Two track athletes are in NCAA outdoor championships

Hamilton College's Cat Berry '19 (Mansfield, Ohio/Western Reserve Academy) and Lucas Wright '21 (Severna Park, Md./McDonogh School) have qualified for the 2019 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Geneva, Ohio.

The championships are at the SPIRE Institute starting on Thursday, May 23 and run through Saturday, May 25. For each men's individual event contested, the top 20 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each women's individual event contested, the top 22 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested, the top 16 declared relays were accepted into the competition.

NCAA release | List of Qualifiers | Meet Official Website | SPIRE Institute

Berry is in the outdoor championships for the third straight year. She will compete in the 400-meter dash on Friday in one of the preliminary heats that begin at 3:15 p.m. She set the team record in the event with a time of 57.31 seconds at Widener University's Danny Curran Invitational on March 30. This marks the first time Berry has qualified for the national meet in the 400. She competed in the 200-meter dash at the 2017 and 2018 NCAA championships. She raced in the 200 and the 400 at the 2019 Division III indoor championships back in March. Berry will be competing 123 miles from her hometown of Mansfield, Ohio.

Wright, who qualified in the 800-meter run, is in the outdoor championships for the first time just two months after he competed at the national indoor meet in the same event. The preliminary heats of the 800 begin at 4 p.m. on Friday. Wright's qualifying time of 1:50.51 is the second-fastest performance in Division III this spring. He recorded the time at the West Point Twilight Meet at Army's Shea Stadium on May 9.