Indianapolis, Ind. – March 7, 2011 - The NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee announced the participants in the 2011 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships that will be held on March 11-12 at Capital University in Bexley, Ohio.
Heidelberg University sophomore Marian Bevington (Celina, Ohio / Parkway) qualified in the long jump, while junior Joe Yoder (West Liberty, Ohio / West Liberty Salem) will compete in the pentathlon.
“They are the two most athletic student-athletes we have on the team,” said first-year head coach Bri Shook. “All season long they have come through and it will be exciting to see how they perform.”
A total of 446 participants – 223 men and 223 women - will compete in the championships. Student-athletes qualified for the championships by reaching the automatic and provisional standards established for each event.
Bevington is making her second trip to the national stage, first in indoor competition. She earned All-American honors in the outdoor long jump a season ago.
Bevington’s leap of 18’2.5” at the 2011 Ohio Athletic Relays on Jan. 25 is not only the provisional mark she needed to qualify for this year’s nationals, but it is also her career best in indoor competition. All season long, she has flirted with breaking the Heidelberg long jump record of 18’2.75” set by Monica Scott in 1985.
Yoder is making his first trip to nationals. A week ago at the Mount Union Last Chance meet, he earned first place in pentathlon and improved his provisional mark with 3,506 points.
“I know what it’s like to sit on the bubble with provisionally qualifying seven times over the course my career,” said Yoder. "I’m really excited to finally go and have a chance to compete against other great athletes.”
The complete list of participants is available on the following websites: Men and Women. This website is maintained by Apple Raceberry Jam, a computer services company that provides results for track and field and cross country meets.
The women’s long jump competition finals will start at 9:30 a.m. on Friday and the men’s pentathlon will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday.