Top state college track athletes ready for this weekend's national competitions

Top state college track athletes ready for this weekend's national competitions

by Steven Marcinkowski,

ROCHESTER, Michigan -- The path to the 2013 NCAA Division One Outdoor Track and Field Championships begins at North Carolina A&T University where the NCAA Division One East Preliminary Round will take place May 23- May 25. Many top collegiate track and field athletes from the State of Michigan have qualified.

The top 48 NCAA Division One track and field athletes from the East region in each event have qualified for this meet. Following this weekends’ meet, the top 12 athletes in each event will move on to the NCAA D1 National Championships in Eugene, Oregon, June 5-8. The NCAA D1 West Preliminary Round takes places at the University of Texas-Austin this weekend as well.

Here is a look at some of the standouts in the East Region from the state of Michigan.

On the women’s side, Beth Rohl is the first seed in the Women's Discus Throw with a toss of 187’4”. Also representing the Spartans are Leah O’Connor, the two-time Big Ten Steeplechase Champion and 2013 5,000 Meter Big Ten Champion. She enters Wednesday’s Regional meet seeded 3rd in the 3000m Steeplechase with a time of 9:53.53. Tori Franklin enters the Triple Jump in 2nd place in 44’0”.

The University of Michigan Middle Distance squad is well represented. Becca Addison is set to compete in the Women's 1500 Meters alongside teammates Shannon Osika, Amanda Eccleston, Brook Handler and Jillian Smith. The Wolverines are fresh off their 4x1500 win at the Penn Relays in April. Another Michigan Wolverine, freshman Cindy Ofili is seeded 14th in the women’s 100 Hurdles with a clocking of 13.30.

Representing Eastern Michigan University, Asia Rawls enters competition ranked 12th in the Women's 400 Meter Hurdles with a time of 58.32. Teammate Alysha Newman is set to compete in the Pole Vault seeded 5th in the region.

Also representing the state, Cally Macumber, former Rochester Adams distance standout and current Kentucky Wildcat, is seeded 18th in the Women’s 5000 Meters.

From Central Michigan, Devene Brown is ranked 5th in the Women's Discus with a throw of 177’1”. Finally, Kathryn Pickett of Western Michigan is set to compete in the Heptathlon ranked 11th.

In the Men’s competition, U of M is well represented. Ali Arastu holds the number one ranking entering the Men's 400 Hurdles with a time of 50.27. Teammate Keenan Michael is ranked 9th in the same event.

In the Men's 3000 Meter Steeplechase, Freshman Mason Ferlic enters the competition ranked 9th in 8:51.55 while UM's Bobby Aprill is seeded 8th in the 5,000 with a clocking of 13:49.67.

Additional Wolverines to keep an eye on are Kurt Reichenbach, ranked 6th in the Decathlon, 10th seeded Cody Riffle in the Shot Put and 8th ranked Ethan Dennis in the Hammer Throw.

Michigan State Spartan Josh McAlary enters the Men’s 1500 seeded 9th in 3:42.25. Fellow Spartan and Redshirt Freshman Caleb Rhynard is set to compete in the 5,000 with his time of 13:57.99.

Antonio James has the highest seed for the Spartans with a 5th place seed in the Discus Throw.
Max Babits of Eastern Michigan University is ranked 15th in the Men’s Pole Vault with a vault of 17’4.5”.

Additional 2013 NCAA D1 Track and Field East Preliminary Round information:

May 23-25 - North Carolina A&T - Greensboro, NC

Start List | Schedule | Live Results | Live Video Stream * Friday and Saturday

The Division Two Outdoor Track and Field Championships will be hosted by Colorado State University – Pueblo, also held May 23-25. Several individuals and teams from Michigan are set to compete.

For the women, Grand Valley, the 2013 GLIAC Champions, has several athletes ready to compete. Distance notables include Madie Rodts, seeded 10th in the Women's 1500 Meters, Hannah Osborn ranked 10th in the 5,000 and 4th in the 3,000 Steeplechase and sixth-ranked Courtney Brewis in the Women's 10,000 Meters. On the men’s side, GVSU is well represented as always. Standouts include Larry Julson in the 1500, seeded 7th, and Alan Peterson who is ranked ranked 14th in the 5000 Meter Run.

The NCAA Division Three Outdoor Track & Field National Meet will be hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse, also starting today, May 23 and running through May 25.

Representing Calvin College's men's team, Dan Kerr is ranked third in the Men's 10,000 Meter Run with a top time this year of 29:39, while Calvin teammates Sam Kerk and Matt Vander Roest have both qualified in the 5,000 and 10,000 meter runs. They are seeded in the top 20 for both events.

Representing Adrian, Andrew Mangiapane is ranked 15th in the men’s 3,000 meter steeplechase with a clocking of 9:07.

For the women, Nicole Michmerhuizen has also qualified in the 5,000 and 10,000. Seeded 6th in the 5,000 with a time of 16:55.03 as well as a number one seeded time of 34:09.96 in the 10,000, Nicole is looking to run well at this weekend's Championship. Also from Calvin, Alyssa Penning will be competing in the 3,000 meter Steeplchase ranked 3rd in the event.

* D3 Update: Calvin's Nicole Michmerhuizen wins 10,000 National Title.

Sarah Venlet of Hope will compete in the women’s 400m Hurdles ranked 17th overall with a time of 1:02.32.

At the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Marion, Indiana this weekend, Spring Arbor’s Nathan Martin may be the highlight of the distance events. Martin is ranked 1st in the men’s 5,000 with a time of 13:52.7 and 2nd in the 10,000 with a clocking of 29:37.99. Teammate Carissa Hudson will also represent the Cougars in the women’s 1500 seeded 16th in 4:37.61.

Additional athletes set to compete are Caleb Teachout of Aquinas ranked 6th in the men’s 800 in a time of 1:51.46 and Logan Moore of Sienna Heights in the 110m Hurdles seeded 4th. Mike Blaszcyk, former Novi High School runner and current University of St. Francis (Ill.) athlete, has also qualified in the 5,000 and 10,000 meter runs.

Additional Information:

NCAA Division Two Track and FIeld Nationals:

May 23-25. Colorado State University-Pueblo. Pueblo, Colorado

Schedule | NCAA D2 Live Results | Live Video Stream

NCAA D3 Nationals

May 23-25. University of Wisconsin-Lacrosse. Lacrosse, Wisconsin

Schedule | NCAA D3 Live Results | Live Video Stream

NAIA Nationals

May 23-25. Indiana Wesleyan University. Marion, Indiana.

NAIA Live Results