Tiffin, Ohio – May 24, 2011 – Heidelberg University will be represented in four events on the men’s side of the 2011 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships this weekend in Delaware, Ohio. Representing the Berg will be seniors Seth Robertson (Burton, Ohio / Sunbury) and Terrence Horton (Pickerington, Ohio / Pickerington), as well as juniors Josh Bowmar (Marengo, Ohio / Highland) and Joe Yoder (West Liberty, Ohio / West Liberty Salem) and sophomore Nate Davis (Dayton, Ohio / Stivers). The championships will be held May 26-28 at Ohio Wesleyan University.
The group of Robertson, Horton, Bowmar and Yoder will team up for the 4x400-meter relay. The 4x400-meter relay team is the fifth to qualify on the outdoor track at the Berg. The team will look to join the 2007 team on the All-American podium. The quest for a top finish begins with the preliminary race on Thursday, May 26 at 8:55 p.m.
Also competing individually will be Yoder in the 400-meter hurdles, Bowmar in the javelin and Davis in the high jump.
Davis is making his second straight appearance at nationals in the high jump. He is the two-time defending Ohio Athletic Conference Champion in the event. His jump of 6’11” set a new school record and was an automatic qualifying jump. Davis joins Darren Nelson (2001) as the only national qualifiers in the high jump in program history. He will compete on Friday, May 27 beginning at 5:10 p.m.
Bowmar is making his first appearance at nationals in the javelin and he the first ’Berg representative in the event. He earned a spot in the national meet with a throw of 200’10” which topped his own school record. The javelin event is set to take place on Saturday, May 28 beginning at 3:00 p.m.
In the 400-meter hurdles, Yoder will be the third runner in the history of the program. Cory Beebe qualified in the event in 2006 and 2007, finishing as an All-American both years. It is Yoder’s first appearance at the outdoor nationals, but is coming on the heels of an All-American performance in the pentathlon this past winter. Prelims for the 400-meter hurdles are slated for Thursday, May 26 at 7:15 p.m.
Overall, the Berg has recorded 13 individual All-American honors on the outdoor track, as well as one relay All-American finish. Its last All-American came a season ago when current assistant coach Julius Higginbotham leaped to the podium in the long jump.
A maximum of 796 participants (398 men and 398 women) will compete in the championships. Student-athletes qualified for the championships by reaching the automatic and provisional standards established for each event.
For the latest information on the championships visit the championship website.