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SRU track and field sends 10 to National Championship

TURLOCK, Calif. – Ten members of the Slippery Rock University track and field teams will compete in the 2011 NCAA Division II National Championships May 26-28 at California State University, Stanislaus.

The list of accepted entries was released by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.

The Rock will send four men and six women to the national meet in Turlock, Calif., under the guidance of John Papa, 24-year head coach. The top-eight finishers in each event will earn All-America honors.

“We’re very pleased to get this many individuals into the meet,” said Papa. “We had a couple more that were right on the edge of getting into their events as well. I’m particularly happy for our seniors that got in.”

Headlining the list of seniors will be Chris Warning of Monroeville, who was accepted into a national championship after he qualified to throw the hammer with his school-record of 59.87 meters. He will be the 15th seed in the event and will enter the meet after winning conference titles in the hammer, discus and shot put.

Cameron Daugherty of Mililani, Hawaii, will complete in pole vault, Kevin Jewel of North Versailles, will complete in the 800-meter run, and Brady Wert of Walworth, N.J., will compete in the decathlon.

Three seniors will represent the SRU women’s team, joined by a host of first-time qualifiers:

Amanda Seigworth of Cranesville will enter the championships as the No. 4 seed and one of the automatic qualifiers in the 400-meter hurdles at 59.23 seconds. She will also be the No. 17 seed in the 100-meter hurdles at 14.12 seconds. She will look to repeat her All-America honor from last season.

Allison Smith of Aliquippa will enter the meet as the No. 15 seed in the 400-meter hurdles at 1:00.94.

Whitney Hendershot of Salamanca, N.Y., will complete in the high jump, Kaela Snyder of North Olmsted, Ohio, will compete in the 800-meter run, and Lexi Arnold of Newburg and Kim Goth of New Bethlehem, will compete in the javelin throw.

Competition will be staged at the Al Brenda Track at Warrior Stadium. Live results will be available via a link to be posted at: the week of the meet.

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