St. Peter, Minn. - The NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee has announced the participants in the 2014 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Representing the Gustavus Adolphus track and field program at this year’s NCAA Championships will be senior Cameron Clause (Mankato, Minn.) and junior Elizabeth Weiers (Le Center, Minn.). The championships will be held May 22-24 at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.
For each men’s individual event contested, including the decathlon, the top 20 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each women’s individual event contested, including the heptathlon, the top 22 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested, the top 16 declared relay teams, one per institution, were accepted into the competition.
One of the best multi-event athletes in the history of Gustavus track and field, Cameron Clause enters the NCAA Championships looking to put the finishing touches on a season that has already brought him multiple individual honors. Clause will look to earn his second All-America accolade of the year when he takes part in the decathlon this weekend in Delaware. The local Mankato native heads into the meet ranked 12th with a score of 6,491, which he registered at the Wartburg Outdoor Select on April 4 in Waverly, Iowa. His score at Wartburg took down Gustavus’s previous school-record of 6,094 set by Jason Meek 20 years ago in 1994.
Although he missed the 2014 MIAC Outdoor Track and Field Championships due to a lower body injury, Clause will draw on the experience of competing in the heptathlon at the past two NCAA Indoor Championships. This season, Clause earned his second All-America award in the heptathlon after finishing fourth overall with a score of 5,065.
Elizabeth Weiers will look to ride the momentum of an outstanding junior season into what will be the first NCAA Championships of her career. Weiers highlighted the Gustavus women’s team’s MIAC Championships by earning gold in the hammer throw with her best toss of the season. With a throw of 168-feet 7-inches, she became Gustavus’s first MIAC champion in the hammer throw since Tona Schmidtke won the title in 2001. At the conference meet, the Le Center product claimed gold in record-breaking fashion, topping her own school-record toss of 166-feet 10-inches set earlier this season at the Carleton Relays on April 19.
Going into the NCAA Championships, Weiers ranks 19th in the hammer with the throw she recorded at the MIAC Championships.
The men’s decathlon will begin with the 100-meter dash at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 22. The finals for the women’s hammer throw will begin later in the day at 4:30 p.m.
To view a complete list of qualifiers, please follow the link below.
Ohio Wesleyan University has set up a web page dedicated to the NCAA Championshiops. Complete results, recaps, and multimedia coverage of the championships will be available on that site throughout the event.