LACROSSE, Wisc.-At the first day of competition, the Coast Guard men's and women's track and field teams had four individuals compete at the NCAA Division III National Championships hosted by Wisconsin-Lacrosse.
In the men's pole vault finals, junior Ben Wolhaupter placed eighth in a field of 20 competitors with a height of 15 feet, seven inches to earn All-America honors. Wolhaupter came into the event seeded 12th but did enough on this day to score the first point of the weekend for the Coast Guard men's team which currently sits in a three-way tie for 19th place at the championships. With the eighth place finish, Wolhaupter became the first All-American in the men's pole vault since Drew Orsinger ('96).
In the preliminary round of the men's 400 meter hurdles, junior Adam Scalesse ran a time of 53.19 seconds to place fifth in his heat and 13th overall in the preliminary round. The finish was on par with his seeding (which was also 13th). The top finisher in each heat and the next six best times all qualify for the finals on Saturday. Scalesse finished just 0.29 seconds behind the final qualifying time of 52.90 seconds.
On the women's side, in the preliminary round of the 3000 meter steeplechase, sophomore Beth Gollin placed 16th, two spots above her seeding with a time of 11:01.15. The time was good enough for ninth in heat number one. The top five times from each heat plus the next four best times overall qualified for the finals on Saturday and Gollin narrowly missed out on qualify, just 6.23 seconds off the pace.
After the first day of the men's decathlon, junior Clay Kosack, seeded seventh, sits in sixteenth place with 3177 points. Historically a better day two performer, Kosack remains in striking distance of All-American status and the leader, sophomore Eric Larson of Central (Iowa) College and his 3744 points.
On Friday, Kosack will run the second day of the decathlon at 2:00 pm (CST) and Scalesse will run in the 110 meter hurdle preliminaries at 5:25 pm (CST). The finals for the 110 hurdles will be held on Saturday at 3:25 pm (CST).