The Slippery Rock University track and field teams will send nine athletes, three men and six women, to compete in the NCAA Division II National Championships May 23-25. The event is being hosted by Colorado State University, Pueblo, at the Neta and Eddie DeRose Thunderbowl.
SRU women qualifiers are:
· Alexandra Arnold, a health and physical education major from Newburg, in javelin, who is making her third nationals appearance and an All-American in 2011;
· Samantha Taylor, an undeclared major from Monroeville, in javelin;
· Stephanie Case, a biology major from Columbiana, Ohio, competing in 5,000-meter and 10,0000-meter runs, making her third nationals appearance;
· Kaitlyn Clark, an undeclared major from Shepherdstown, W. Va., in pole vault;
· Julia Cain, an exercise science major from Magnolia, Ohio, in pole vault, making her third nationals appearance; and
· Ashley West, an undeclared major from Gibsonia, in high jump, making her second nationals appearance and an All-American for the last indoor season.
The SRU men qualifiers are:
· Cameron Daugherty, a criminology and criminal justice graduate student from Washington, D.C., in pole vault and the is the defending national champion. He is a four-time All-American;
· Kevin Jewel, an athletic training major from North Versailles, in the 800-meter run, making his second national appearance; and
· David Reinhardt, an undeclared major from Bradford, in javelin.
SRU has the most women competing among all Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference schools and has the second most total number of athletes competing among PSAC schools.
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