DELAWARE, Ohio – Eight members of the Adrian College track and field teams competed at the NCAA Great Lakes Region Final Qualifying Meet on Thursday, May 17 with hopes of finalizing their spots in the NCAA Championships next week. After the dust settled, seven Bulldogs have punched their tickets to compete in the championships next week.
Senior Randy Fry and sophomore Marcus Higginbottom both ran in the 100-meter preliminaries but only Higginbottom ran in the finals. Both set PRs in the prelims, with Fry running a 10.54 and Higginbottom a 10.78. Fry's time put him safely inside the cutline for nationals, prompting him to rest in the finals. Higginbottom was not as lucky and wasn't able to put up a faster score to qualify in the finals, despite a third-place finish.
Fry will head to the championships next weekend with the sixth-fastest time in Division III in the 100-meter. Not only did his performance set a personal record, but he also beat his own school record he set last year of 10.67. Fry will also be competing in the 200-meter, as his time from the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Championships puts him in 13th place heading into the event.
The Bulldogs also had a senior and sophomore combo run in the 110-hurdles, with senior Jordan Davis and sophomore Denzel Tinsley. Tinsley ran a PR of 14.31 in the preliminary round to put him well within the cutline and prompting him to rest during the finals like Fry. Davis needed to run again to solidify his position and did just that in the finals, running a PR time of 14.33 to punch his ticket to the NCAA Championships. The two are seeded right next to each other, with Tinsley entering in seventh place and Davis in eighth.
Those four runners also made up Adrian's 4x100 relay team, running on Thursday for only the second time, the first being the MIAA Championships. The group didn't disappoint and improved on the time set earlier in the year by the returners from last year's All-American relay team, running a 40.91 on Thursday. That put them easily in the top 20, and even in the top 10, as they will enter the NCAA Championships in sixth place.
Two sophomore high jumpers looked to improve their seeds for the championships and despite both Nicholas Jackson and Daz Lawrence finishing in the top five, they were not able to surpass their high marks from earlier in the season. That doesn't matter too much as the duo are tied for 12th and will be heading to the championships next weekend.
John Hamilton entered the day outside the top 20 and need a big jump in the triple jump to send him on to the NCAA Championships. Despite winning Thursday's event, he was unable to improve on his jump from the MIAA Championships to secure his spot next weekend.
On the women's side only one member of the Bulldogs competed on Thursday, with Britney Carnagie looking to hang on to her spot in the top 20 to head back to the championships for the second year in a row. The sophomore entered the day in 18th place and just barely in. She didn't improve her throws on Thursday but her effort last week was good enough, as she ended the day in 19th place and moving on to the NCAA Championships next week. Her mark that counts is a distance of 135'3" and the 21st-place throw was 135' flat, putting her just three inches in safety.
The seven Bulldogs that qualified will be heading to Geneva, Ohio next weekend for the NCAA Outdoor Championships, hosted by Mount Union and the Spire Institute. The championships are a three-day event starting on Thursday, May 23 and concluding on Saturday the 25th.