NCAA Indoor Finals Preview
Another NCAA Finals Meet is upon us. And again, the state of Michigan is well represented amongst the three divisions.
Division One, being hosted by the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, has many individuals from the state set to compete.
From the University of Michigan, there are 6 individuals and one relay team at the Division One Finals. The DMR team of Rebecca Addison, Maya Long, Jillian Smith and Amanda Eccleston enter the weekend with the number one seed with a time of 10:56.66. Individuals include Shannon Osika in the Mile, Erin Bisbee in the Long Jump, Dan Lowry and Bobby Aprill in the 5000, Cody Riffle in the Shot Put and Ethan Dennis in the Weight Throw.
Michigan State also has a strong showing with several throwers ready for competition. Beth Rohl enters the Weight Throw with the third best throw in Division One this year. She is joined by her male teammates Lonnie Pugh and Antonio James, also in the Weight Throw.
For Eastern Michigan, Alysha Newman represents the Eagles in the Pole Vault seeded 15th.
Former High School athletes from the state are also ready for the weekend. Cally Macumber of Kentucky, formerly from Rochester Adams, is competing in the 3000 where she is seeded third, and is also a member of the 6th ranked DMR team. Oklahoma’s Tia Brooks, formerly of East Kentwood, who had an impressive 2012 season that ended at the Olympic Trials, has a number one ranking in the women’s Shot Put.
Michael Atchoo, who was the 2009 Division One 1600 meter state champion for Troy High School, now competes at Stanford and will be representing the Cardinals in the Mile as well as the third ranked DMR team. Maverick Darling, will be racing twice this weekend. The former Ovid-Elsie star and current Wisconsin Badger, will be competing in the 3000 and 5000 meter runs.
In Division Two, the Grand Valley State Lady Lakers are looking to three-peat at this year’s National Championship, hosted in Birmingham, AL. With at least one competitor present in 12 events, GVSU is set to compete well over the three days. For the Grand Valley Men, they are represented in eight different events including the 1600 meter relay and the Distance Medley Relay.
Individually, there are also many participants with impressive standards. Enock Rono of Northwood enters the 800 meter run seeded second overall while also slated to anchor the 1600 meter relay team. Ferris State’s Ryan Chute is ranked 4th in the 1 Mile run. From Saginaw Valley, Frank Sanders is seeded 12th in the High Jump while teammate Tyler Grob will compete in the Pole Vault and Heptathlon.
Sashawna Bennett from Lake Superior State will race in the 60 Dash. Saginaw Valley’s Taylor Stepanski will race alongside Amy Kerst of Hillsdale and Madison Pines of Northwood in the 800 meter run. Pines will also be competing in the 1 Mile against another Hillsdale athlete, Emily Oren. Anna Rudd from Ferris State and SVSU’s Emily Short will race in the 3000 meter run as Rudd will also compete in the 5000.
Division Three, hosted in Naperville, IL, has one individual from the state being represented. Nicole Michmerhuizen is seeded fourth overall representing Calvin College in the 5000 meter run.
Good luck to all participants this weekend. Be sure to check back in to RunMichigan.com throughout the weekend for daily updated results.