Nebraska Wesleyan University has eight men and three women ready to compete at the 2007 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The meet begins Thursday and is being hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.
Senior long jumper Jed Droge and junior Chris Wolf, who will run in the 400 and 4x400 relay, are NWU’s top seeded athletes. Both set school records to qualify. Droge and Wolf have the second and third best individual marks in their events, respectively, entering the national meet.
Junior Lindsey Snowdon, in just her first semester back after a tour of duty with the National Guard in Iraq, qualified in the heptathlon scoring 4,415 points at the Augustana College (Ill.) Invitational last weekend. Her score ranks second in NWU history, behind only Kim Oden, who was a three-time NCAA champion in the event.
Here is a list of Nebraska Wesleyan’s national meet entries:
NWU Women’s Qualifiers
Holly Andrews (Jr. Seward, Neb., Seward High School), 100 hurdles, 14.65
Mikaela Richard (Fr. Lincoln, Neb., Northeast High School), high jump, 5'5 3/4
Lindsey Snowdon (Jr. Niobrara, Neb., Niobrara High School), heptathlon, 4415
NWU Men’s Qualifiers
Gordie Coffin (Sr., Osceola, Neb., Osceola High School), 100 hurdles, 10.64
Jed Droge (Sr., Pawnee City, Neb., Pawnee City High School), long jump, 24'6 3/4
Ben Thayer (Sr., Sidney, Neb., Sidney High School), 400 hurdles, 52.97
Chris Wolf (Jr., Ceresco, Neb., Raymond Central High School), 400 dash, 47.17
4x100 Relay, 41.03
Matt Glasnapp (So., Beaver Lake, Neb., Conestoga High School)
Gordie Coffin (Sr., Osceola, Neb., Osceola High School)
Austin Novotny (Jr., Lincoln, Neb., East High School)
Jason Peters (Jr., Lincoln, Neb., Soutwest High School)
4x400 Relay, 3:13.46*
Jason Peters (Jr., Lincoln, Neb., Southwest High School)
Ben Thayer (Sr., Sidney, Neb., Sidney High School)
Evan Knight (Jr., Keystone, Neb., Ogallala High School)
Chris Wolf (Jr., Ceresco, Neb., Raymond Central High School)
* Andy Coppersmith (Fr., Wallace, Neb., Wallace High School) ran for Peters, who was injured at the time) on NWU's qualifying 4x400 relay.
Snowdon will lead off for the Prairie Wolves on Thursday, competing in the heptathlon starting at 1 p.m., followed by Droge in the long jump and the men’s 4x100 prelims, which are both scheduled for 3:45. Thayer will take the track at 5 p.m., for the trials in the 400 hurdles, followed by the men’s 4x400 prelims at 7:20.
On Friday, competition in the heptathlon continues starting at 2:00, followed by Richard in the high jump at 3 p.m. Andrews will run in the trials of the 100 hurdles at 5 p.m., followed immediately by Wolf in the 400 prelims at 5:20 and Coffin in the 100 prelims at 5:50.
Most event finals will take place on Saturday, including the men’s 4x100 (1 p.m.), women’s 100 hurdles (1:55 p.m.), men’s 400 (2:10 p.m.), men’s 100 (2:30 p.m.), men’s 400 hurdles (3:15 p.m.) and the men’s 4x400 (4:45 p.m.).
For a complete schedule of events, click here. Links for press releases, results and heat sheets are on the right hand side of the page.