EMU sent three track & field men to the Salisbury University Elite Meet on Thursday in a final effort to improve times for the upcoming NCAA selection. The final list of national qualifiers will be released on Saturday.
The top 20 men and the top 22 women in each event will head to the NCAA National Outdoor Championships in Waverly, Iowa, to be held on May 26-28.
Senior thrower Jeremy Heizer (Staunton, Va./Riverheads) inched to a new PR in the shot put, landing at 16.25m (53-3.75ft). His previous best this season was a 16.21m from the ODAC Championships. Heizer sits at No. 18 in the nation after the meet, and, barring a handful of late big efforts elsewhere, looks to be in good shape to repeat his NCAA indoor appearance.
Tyler Denlinger (Perkasie, Pa./Christopher Dock) finished second in the 1500m with his second-best time of his career at 3:54.91. However, he failed to improve his season-best time, as his 3:53.68 from the Wolfpack Last Chance two weeks ago has his No. 37 in the nation.
Sophomore Connor Faint (Winchester, Va./Millbrook) entered the day No. 28 in the 400m hurdles, and needed to run more than half a second faster than his PR of 53.84 to make a move for the national meet. But he tripped over a hurdle early in the race and did not finish.
Women's All-American Hannah Chappell-Dick (Bluffton, Ohio/Bluffton) did not run at the meet, but sits No. 5 in the nation in her specialty, the 1500m, at 4:28.62. She is also No. 10 in the 800m at 2:10.26.