NCAA Track and Field Championships Begin Today

NCAA Track and Field Championships Begin Today

The NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships get underway this afternoon and Coast Guard has four athletes that will compete over the next three days at the championship. All four are in action today.

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Junior Clay Kosack will take part in the first day of the decathlon today at 2:30 p.m. (CST). Kosack qualified for the championship and is ranked seventh nationally in the decathlon following an ECAC Championship-best 6384 points this past weekend. He becomes the first Coast Guard decathlete to go to the National Championships since 2007 when Steve Blum earned an invite during the outdoor season to qualify for the championships. Kosack qualifies for the first time in his collegiate career.

Junior All-American Adam Sclaesse will run in the 400 meter hurdles preliminaries at 5:25 p.m. (CST) this afternoon. He has qualified in a pair of events, the 110 and 400 meter hurdles. He is ranked first in the country in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.16 seconds and 13th in the 400 meter hurdles at 52.66 seconds. Scalesse is a three-time All-American and is looking for the school's first individual national championship since Drew Orsinger in 1995.

Junior Ben Wolhaupter will compete in the finals of the pole vault at 6:10 p.m. (CST). He qualified in the pole vault and is currently ranked 12th nationally at 15 feet, 11 inches. He becomes the first Coast Guard pole vaulter to qualify since Drew Orsinger ('96), who garnered All-American Status seven times and was the 1995 NCAA Indoor Champion. This will be Wolhaupter’s first appearance at the NCAA Championships.

Junior Beth Gollin will run in the preliminaries of the 3,000 meter steeplechase today at 7:50 pm. (CST). She is currently ranked 18th at 11:03.98 in that event and is the first female from Coast Guard to ever qualify in the event. She also becomes the first female athlete to qualify for the championship since 2004 when Jen Wescott qualified in the hammer throw.

On Friday, Kosack will run the second day of the decathlon at 2 p.m. (CST) while Scalesse will run in the 100 hurdles preliminaries at 5:25 (CST).

The finals for the 3,000 meter steeplechase (1:45 CST), the 110 hurdles (3:25 CST) and the 400 hurdles (4:55 CST) will all be on Saturday.

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