The No. 25 University of Mount Olive men's and No. 22 women's track and field teams had eight student-athletes selected to the 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field National Championship, it was announced on Monday. The championship will take place May 24-26 at the Irwin Belk Complex in Charlotte, N.C.
Johnson C. Smith University will serve as the host of the championships.
"The XCTF coaching staff is excited about the number of qualifiers we have this year. Jon, Adam, and Leah have already had this experience multiple times, but this is our first 4x400 relay to qualify for NCAA's in UMO history. Coach Parros and Coach Graves have done an amazing job of guiding these young men. This squad has soaked up that knowledge, while putting in all the hard work, and ultimately executed what was needed to punch their ticket," said Head Track and Field Coach Matt van Lierop.
For Craig, Dahlke, Hanle, Middlebrooks, and Shannon this with be the second National Championship of the 2018 year as the Trojans competed at the 2018 NCAA DII Indoor Track and Field Championships in March. All Five Trojans walked away with an All-American in their respective races.
UMO will have a few first time participants to a national championship event as Richard Fisher, Montre Holmes, and Trevor Carr will represent the green and white for the first time in their Trojan careers.
Mount Olive will send the following Trojans to the National Championships in their respective events:
Leah Hanle - 10000m/5000m
Jonathan Dahlke - 1500m/5000m
Adam Craig - 10000m/5000m
Richard Fisher - 4x400m Relay
Montre Holmes - 4x400m Relay
Johnny Middlebrooks - 4x400m Relay
Tedric Shannon - 4x400m Relay
Trevor Carr - 4x400m Relay
A Full Schedule of Events can be found here.
The championships will be streamed live on NCAA.com.
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