St. Peter, Minn. - A pair of Gustavus Adolphus Indoor Track and Field student-athletes have qualified for the 2014 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships. Representing Gustavus in the heptathlon will be senior Cameron Clause (Mankato, Minn.) and competing in the shot put will be sophomore Sarah Swanson (Fairbanks, Alaska).
For each woman’s individual event contested, including the pentathlon, the top 17 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each men’s individual event contested, including the heptathlon, the top 15 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested, the top 12 declared relay teams, one per institution, were accepted into the competition. The championships will be held March 14-15 at University of Nebraska’s (Lincoln) Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, with Nebraska Wesleyan serving as the official host.
The complete list of participants is available on the following website: http://results.deltatiming.com/tf/2014-ncaa-d3-indoor-championships.
Cameron Clause heads into the NCAA Championships ranked sixth in the heptathlon with a qualifying score of 5,112. Clause most recently turned heads at the 2014 MIAC Indoor Track and Field Championships where he won the heptathlon with a score of 5,088. Now a three-time all-conference performer in the event, Clause is the first Gustie to win the MIAC heptathlon since Jared Hockenson did so in 2006.
With his score last weekend, the senior not only broke his own school-record of 4,912 set last season at the NCAA Championships, but he also succeeded in taking down both the meet and McNeely Spectrum records. Saint Mary’s Rob Friendt previously held the meet record with a score of 4,861, while Saint John’s Mike Leither held the track record with a score of 4,753.
Clause earned All-America honors in the heptathlon last season, finishing fifth overall with 4,912 points at the 2013 NCAA Championships held in Naperville, Ill. He was the Gustavus men’s track and field program’s first athlete to ever earn All-America status in the heptathlon.
Sarah Swanson will make the trek to Lincoln to partake in the shot put competition. The sophomore ranks tenth overall with a qualifying mark of 45-feet 2.25-inches (13.77 meters), which she acheived at the Macalester Pre-MIAC Meet on Feb. 28. Swanson is coming off a fourth place finish in the shot at the MIAC Championships where she recorded a toss of 41-feet 10-inches (12.75 meters).
The men’s heptathlon will begin on Friday, March 14 with the 60-meter hurdles taking place at 11:00 a.m. The preliminaries and finals of the shot put will be held Saturday, March 15 starting at 10:00 a.m.
For a complete meet schedule, directions, track info, live results and video, and ticket information, please follow the link below to the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships website set up by host institution Nebraska Wesleyan.