INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced on Monday the individuals who qualified for the 2014 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships.
Washington and Lee first-year Dana Lee (Nashville, Tenn./St. Cecilia Academy) of the women’s team qualified in the in the long jump, while senior Zander Tallman (Grand Blanc, Mich./Cranbrook-Kingswood) and junior Aaron Jeong (Federal Way, Wash./Thomas Jefferson) both qualified for the men’s squad. Tallman will compete in the 400m, while Jeong is in the 60m.
Out of the 17 athletes to qualify in the long jump, Lee has the eighth-best mark at 5.63m (18’05.75”). Lee registered the jump at the Liberty Open on January 18, which also set the W&L and ODAC indoor records. Junior Lexie Sondgeroth of Wisconsin-Whitewater has the top mark at 6.05m (19’10.75”).
Lee is the first W&L women’s track and field competitor to qualify for in the indoor national championship since Stacy Doornbos, Maggie Sutherland and Elizabeth Webb competed in 2009. Lee becomes just the fifth W&L women’s athlete to qualify for the indoor meet.
On the men’s side, Jeong is seeded 15th, with his W&L record of 6.90. He set the time in the prelims of the ODAC Championship on March 2, where he went on to finish second overall. Junior Thurgood Dennis of Wisconsin-Eau Claire is the top seed at 6.75. This is Jeong’s first time qualifying for a national championship, and he is just the fourth W&L men’s competitor to compete at the indoor meet.
This marks Tallman’s second trip to the indoor national championship, becoming the first W&L men’s athlete qualify more than once. He also competed in the 400m at the indoor championship in 2012. This season, Tallman is seeded 10th out of 15 competitors with a time of 48.35. He recorded the mark at the Kent State Tune-Up on February 22. Senior Matt Melton of Amherst holds the top spot at 47.91.
The NCAA Championship will be held this Friday and Saturday in Lincoln, Neb. Nebraska Wesleyan will serve as the host institution. Lee competes at 2:00 pm central time on Friday. Jeong will take part in the prelims on Friday at 3:30 pm, with the finals on Saturday at 3:15 pm. For Tallman, the 400m prelims are at 2:50 pm on Friday, with the finals at 2:35 pm on Saturday.
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