NAPERVILLE, Ill. – Select members of the Adrian College track and field team ran at the Dr. Keeler Invitational, hosted by North Central College on May 9-10. The athletes attempted to better their marks this season in hopes to crack the top 20 in the nation to qualify for the NCAA Championships in two weeks.
Two Bulldogs ran in the men's 100-meter, with sophomore Marcus Higginbottom coming in third and senior Randy Fry taking 10th. Higginbottom set a PR with his time of 10.80 but he is still on the outside looking in for nationals. Fry's time of 10.63 from the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Championships currently puts him tied for 14th in the nation.
Sophomore Denzel Tinsley finished fifth in the 110-meter hurdles and was the only other athlete taking place in a track event. His MIAA-record time of 14.41 has him in the top 10 in Division III, sitting in ninth place.
Four athletes competed in field events, with two of those taking place in the high jump. Sophomores Daz Lawrence and Nicholas Jackson both finished in the top 10, with Lawrence taking second and Jackson coming in eighth. Both are tied for 11th place from jumps earlier in the season.
The final two athletes in action for Adrian were junior John Hamilton in the triple jump and sophomore Britney Carnagie in the javelin throw. Hamilton came in second with a distance of 46'0.75", which was not further than his jump in the MIAA Championships that put him in 21st place in the country, one spot away from qualifying. Carnagie also had a second-place finish, with her first throw of 135'3". That was enough to propel her from outside the top 50 to 18th place in the nation, putting her inside the cut line for the NCAA Championships.
Adrian is back in action next week at the Great Lakes Region NCAA Final Qualifying Meet in Delaware, Ohio. The meet hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University starts at 12 p.m. on Thursday, May 16 and is the final chance for the Bulldogs to qualify to go to Geneva, Ohio the next week for the NCAA Championships.