DII Women's Outdoor Track and Field: Championship Preview
When: May 25-27
Where: Bradenton, Florida
2016 champion: Pittsburg State
Top three in USTFCCCA: 1. Pittsburg State; 2. West Texas A&M; 3. Adams State.
RELATED: DII Women's USTFCCCA Rankings
ATHLETES TO WATCH
Sunayna Wahi, Senior, Adams State: Wahi has the fastest time in the 100 at 11.49. The points she earns could push the Grizzlies to the top in the team standings. She will also compete in the 200 and 4x100.
Kaina Martinez, Senior, Texas A&M-Kingsville: Martinez ranks first in the 200 with a time of 23.43 and second in the 100 at 11.52. She will also run in the 4x100.
Carly Muscaro, Senior, Merrimack: Muscaro is a full second faster than the second-best runner in the 400 with a time of 52.06. She is looking to repeat as national champion in the 400. She will also run the 200.
Carsyn Koch, Junior, Cedarville: Koch has the top time in the 800 and 1,500. Her time in the 800, 2:02.87, is nearly two seconds better than the next competitor. She was Division II Midwest Region Women’s Track and Field Athlete of the Year.
Emi Trost, Sophomore, Minnesota-Duluth: Trost ranks second in the 800 and 1,500. Trost, though, will only compete in the 1,500.
Alicja Konieczek, Sophomore, Western State: Konieczek is nearly 10 seconds better than the next competitor in the 5,000-meter run with a top time of 15:59.22. She is the only Division II runner to run a sub 16:00. She was South Central Region Women’s Track Athlete of the Year.
Kendra Foley, Senior, Grand Valley State: Foley’s time 34:16.01 is nearly three seconds better than the next runner. Foley will also compete in the 5,000.
Courtney Nelson, Junior, Pittsburg State: Nelson turned in the best time in the 100 hurdles with a time of 13.35.
Tia-Adana Belle, Senior, Saint Augustine’s: Belle’s best time of 56.26 in the 400 meters is nearly two seconds better than the next competitor.
Mel Herl, Senior, Chadron State: Herl is having a dream season. She ranks first in Division II in the shot put and hammer throw and second in the discus. She was picked as the South Central Region Field Athlete of the Year.
Emilyn Dearman, Senior, Pittsburg State: Dearman enters the national meet with a gigantic advantage in the heptathlon. She has scored more than 500 points compared to many competitors. She also ranks second in the 400 hurdles and third in the 100 hurdles.
Emily Presley, Sophomore, Missouri Southern: Presley’s leap of 14 feet, 6.25 inches leads Division II.