Vikings travel to Michigan for NCAA DII outdoor championships

SIOUX FALLS, SD — After qualifying for the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships, Kaly Banks, Patty Jo English, ryan hartmann, Megan means, Meara Miedema, austin miller, Rebecca Raidon, Nicolette Schmidt, Cami Streff and Tyl Woelber are heading to Allendale, Michigan, this weekend to represent Augustana at the Nationals.

The event

The championships will be held Thursday through Saturday in Allendale, Michigan at GVSU Track & Field Stadium. Grand Valley State and the Western Michigan Athletic Commission will serve as co-hosts of the championships.

Live results and a live stream of the championships are available at GoAugie.com/Live.

The majority of the first day of competition will consist of preliminary rounds with a chance to qualify for the final later in the weekend.

Kicking off Thursday for Augustana will be the metric mile preliminaries. Miller will hit the track at 4:10 p.m., English and Schmidt will follow soon after in the women’s 1,500, scheduled for 4:25 p.m.

The 1,500m finals are on Saturday, with the men’s race at 1:25 p.m. and the women’s race following at 1:35 p.m.

Later in the day, Hartman and Raidon will take to the track in the 3,000m steeplechase preliminaries. Shot for Hartman at 5:40 p.m. Raidon will be on the start line at 6:10 p.m.

The 3,000m steeplechase finals are on Friday, with the men’s race at 6:15 p.m. and the women’s race at 6:30 p.m.

Means will be the first Viking to compete in a final, running the 10,000m under floodlights at 7:50 p.m. Thursday.

Two more finals are on the horizon for Augustana on Friday. Woelber will start the day for the Vikings in the high jump final at 2:30 p.m.

Banks will compete in the triple jump shortly after, hitting the track at 3:45 p.m.

Streff will serve as a nightcap for Augustana, who will take to the track for the 800m preliminaries at 5:15 p.m.

The 800m finals will take place at 2:55 p.m. on Saturday.

On Saturday, Woelber will start the day for Augustana with the javelin throw starting at 9:30 a.m.

In the afternoon, Miedema will go to the high jump pit at 1:05 p.m.

Two Vikings will take to the 5,000m track, Hartman runs at 4 p.m. and English will follow at 4:25 p.m. Saturday.

Athletes

Kaly Banks – Triple jump

With a huge personal record in the triple jump, going from one meeting (39-6.5) to the next (40-10.5). Banks, a native of Cannon Falls, Minnesota, is the Augustana school record holder in the triple jump. His personal best of 40-10.5 ranks him 15th nationally. This is the senior’s first time at the NCAA outdoor championships.

Patty Jo English – 1500m, 5000m

The Elko, Minnesota native will make her second appearance at the NCAA outdoor championships. The Englishwoman will compete in the 5,000m with her time of 16:35.87, which places her 23rd nationally. She will also compete in the 1,500m with her qualifying time of 4:27.98, ranking 29th in the nation.

ryan hartmann – 3000m steeplechase, 5000m

Hartman, a native of Wausau, Wisconsin, left his mark in the Augustana history book, recording two top-2 finishes this season. In his fourth career 3000m steeplechase, he clocked a stunning 8:44.07, just three seconds off the school record. Additionally, Hartman is the second Viking to beat 14:00 in the 5,000m, clocking 13:59.04. He participated in the national championship by placing fourth in the 3,000 m steeplechase and 18th in the 5,000 m.

Megan means – 10,000m

Means, a native of Norfolk, Nebraska, ran the fourth time in school history in the 10,000m at the Mount Sac relays, qualifying her for national competition. His time of 34:55.50 was a personal best of nearly 30 seconds and ranked 14th in the nation.

Meara Miedema – Big jump

Miedema, a local in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, cleared 5-9.25 at the Minnesota State Open to earn her ticket to the national championship. Its rating ranks it tied for sixth in the nation. This is the second consecutive year that Miedema has completed the hat-trick in Allendale, Michigan, competing in the high jump at the national meet.

austin miller – 1,500m

Miller, a resident of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, ran the 10th fastest time in Division II history over 1,500m earlier. His personal best time of 3:40.59 run at the Byran Clay Invitational lowered the school record by nearly five seconds. Miller has the second-fastest time among the field entered in the 1,500m.

Rebecca Raidon – 3000m steeplechase

Raidon, coming from Fort Collins, Colo, clocked a near personal best 10:36.61 in the 3,000m steeplechase at the Bryan Clay Invitational to be among the nations best, his time being 17th best in the nation. This is the second consecutive season that Raidon will compete in the 3,000m steeplechase on the big stage.

Nicolette Schmidt – 1,500m

Schmidt, a native of Redfield, South Dakota, ran the No. 4 time in school history over 1,500m clocking 4:27.17 in the historic Drake Relays. She shaved nearly three seconds off her personal best from last year to rank 25th in the country.

Cami Streff – 800m

Streff, a native of Madison, South Dakota, ran the No. 2 time in school history in the 800m at the Bryan Clay Invitational, clocking 2:09.04. His time ranks him 20th in the nation and marks his first appearance at the NCAA Division II outdoor championships.

Tyl Woelber – High jump, javelin

For the second straight year, Woelber will travel to Allendale, Michigan to compete in the NCAA Outdoor Championships. This year, he qualified in the high jump and the javelin. In the regular season, Woelber broke the school record in both events, being the first Viking to clear seven feet in the high jump with his 7-0.25 leap. He also broke his school record in the javelin throw, with a 209-4 uplift, increasing his school record by three feet.

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