MEET PREVIEW: 2018 NCAA DIII Indoor Track & Field Championships
NOTE: This is an individual-centric preview. Check out the most recent National Team Rankings for the team preview.
There are 58 athletes – 32 women and 26 men – who are scheduled to compete in two or more individual events at the 2018 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend in Birmingham, Alabama.
Those 32 women come from 25 programs, while those 26 men hail from 24. Programs with two or more athletes double-dipping include the men from Christopher Newport and UW-La Crosse as well as the women from Brockport, Carthage, Ithaca, Stevens, UW-La Crosse, UW-Oshkosh and Williams.
Busy Weekend In Birmingham Ahead
|Eric Dols||Hamline||Wadeline Jonathas||UMass Boston|
|Will Daniels||Central (Iowa)||Amber Celen||Bridgewater (Va.)|
|Ta’riq Thomas||Delaware Valley||Emily Richards||Ohio Northern|
|Sam Elsner||UW-Stout||Gina Dello Russo||Stevens|
|Ryan Scott||Christopher Newport||Savannah Rygiewicz||UW-La Crosse|
|Ryan Powers||UW-Oshkosh||Sarah King||George Fox|
|Peter Girardi||St. John Fisher||Sam Holtz||Wartburg|
|Jordan Johnson||Benedictine (Ill.)||Reilly Wagner||Misericordia|
|Jeremy Hernandez||Ramapo||Monique Newton||Oberlin|
|Jeffrey Dover||Christopher Newport||Mia Bennett||Carthage|
|Jared Louf-Woods||UMass Dartmouth||Maddie Nelson||UW-La Crosse|
|Jacob Teunas||UW-La Crosse||Laura Darcey||Chicago|
|Irie Gourde||Brandeis||Katie Weeks||Stevens|
|Ernest Winters||UW-La Crosse||Katherine Cook||Bates|
|Emmanuel Egbujor||Augsburg||Karmin Shute||Birmingham-Southern|
|Dylan Kalinay||Simpson (Iowa)||Alexandria Rheaume||Ithaca|
|Dylan Gearinger||Haverford||Jana Agustsdottir||Worcester State|
|Dhruvil Patel||North Central (Ill.)||Veronica Wheeler||DeSales|
|Darin Lau||UW-Eau Claire||Gabrielle Noland||Loras|
|Dan Renwick||Williams||Emma Egan||Williams|
|Dan Harden-Marshall||Ithaca||Emily Reichenberger||UW-Oshkosh|
|Brent Reierson||UW-Stevens Point||Elizabeth Willis||Carthage|
|Blaze Murfin||Dubuque||Elisabeth Plympton||SUNY Plattsburgh|
|Alex Duff||UW-Whitewater||Dani Bland||Emory|
|Will McDermott||Widener||Cheyenne Moore||UW-Oshkosh|
|Harrison Escoffery||Rowan||Chanyce Powell||Brockport|
Take a closer look at the entries and you’ll find only three athletes who are listed in three or more individual events: Amber Celen of Bridgewater (Va.), Wadeline Jonathas of UMass Boston and Emily Richards of Ohio Northern.
Celen and Jonathas will see each other quite a bit as they’ll overlap in the 60, 200 and long jump (Jonathas is also entered in the 400), while Richards is off in her own world taking on the best NCAA DIII has to offer in the 800, mile and 3000.
Wait a second.
Jonathas is entered in four individual events this weekend.
Not only that, but Jonathas is seeded first in each of those events.
If Jonathas stays true to form and wins four individual titles, she’d be just the second woman in NCAA DIII history to accomplish that feat. She’d join Christopher Newport’s Sheila Trice, who did so in 1989 by winning the 55, 55 hurdles, long jump and triple jump. Plus, if Jonathas scores 40 points for UMass Boston by herself, that would all but assure her team a podium spot as 40 points got on the podium in 16 of the past 17 years (2003 was the outlier).
Jonathas will have to work for that accomplishment, though. The aforementioned Celen is the NCAA DIII indoor record holder in the 200 (Jonathas is No. 2) and Roanoke’s Quinn Harlan blistered the track in the 60 to the tune of 7.46 (.03 off Jonathas’ PR) a few weeks ago to beat Celen at the ODAC Indoor Championships.
Richards could become the third woman in NCAA DIII history to win three individual events at a single indoor meet, joining Trice and Illinois College’s Melissa Norville in 2013 (60 hurdles, long jump and triple jump).
There are considerably less speed bumps on Richards’ road to glory. Her toughest challenge will come in the mile, where she and Brandeis’ Emily Bryson are neck and neck in the NCAA DIII record book (Richards is No. 6 at 4:46.11, Bryson is No. 7 at 4:46.63). Richards has the best seed in the 800 by five seconds and nearly 16 seconds in the 3000.
Will history be made this weekend at the Birmingham CrossPlex?