Vermont's Kirsten Weberg is one of three Catamounts to qualify for the NCAA Championship.
Vermont's Kirsten Weberg is one of three Catamounts to qualify for the NCAA Championship.
Courtesy: America East Communications

Eight Qualify for NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship

Release: 05/29/2012

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – For the second straight year, America East will send eight student-athletes to the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championship meet at Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa June 6-9. Two men and six women earned the trip to Iowa thanks to solid performances at the NCAA East Region meet at the University of North Florida over the weekend.

Vermont had a conference-high three participants qualify for the national meet. The trio of Nika Ouellette, Kirsten Weberg and Morgan Powers all head to Iowa in two weeks. They are joined by Boston University’s Allison Barwise, Maine’s Corey Conner and Stony Brook’s Lucy Van Dalen.

On the men’s side, Boston University’s Rich Peters and Binghamton’s Erik van Ingen qualified in the 1,500-meter run.

All three Catamount women earned top-15 seeds at the upcoming national meet with their performances this weekend. Junior Kirsten Weberg broke the school record in the steeplechase (10:03.78) and checks in at the No. 8 spot. Senior Morgan Powers finished second in her heat in the 10,000-meter run to enter the national meet ranked 12th. Sophomore Nika Ouellette qualified in the javelin throw for the second straight year posting the 10th best regional throw of 48.81 meters.

Barwise captured the regional title in the high jump, clearing 1.81 meters on her first attempt and will enter the national meet seeded sixth. The Terrier junior took fifth at the NCAA Championship during the indoor season.

Conner ranks 17th in the 5,000-meter run after placing second in her heat in Jacksonville. The Maine senior qualified for NCAA Indoor Championships in 2011.

Van Dalen became a four-time NCAA Outdoor Championship qualifier in the 1,500-meter run this weekend after finishing fifth in her heat (4:17.03). This will be Van Dalen’s seventh trip overall to a national track meet having qualified during the indoor season three times.

Peters ran a 3:48.46 in the 1,500 to win his heat and qualify for his second NCAA Championship this year. He ran to a runner-up finish in the indoor mile back in March and enters the outdoor meet ranked No. 20.

Van Ingen qualified for his seventh overall NCAA Championship meet by placing second in his 1,500 heat with a time of 3:48.37. He finished right behind Peters and heads into Iowa seeded 21st.

A total of 36 America East student-athletes competed in individual events at the East Region meet.