CMU Track Sends 15 to NAIA Outdoor National Championships
MARION, IN - Central Methodist outdoor track and field athletes have won 10 National Championships in the school's history. The Eagles will look to add another 10 titles to that total after 15 individuals qualified for the 62nd annual NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships to be held May 23-25 at Indiana Wesleyan.
On the women's side, Central Methodist will send Amber Beaverson, Tabatha Dickey, Kate Fulton, Shelby Garrigus, Kelly Klusmeyer and Kaitlyn Loeffler to the championships.
Beaverson qualified for the steeplechase by posting an 11:28.49 during the regular season.
Dickey qualified for the marathon event with a half-marathon finish of 1:32.14.
Fulton reaches the National Championship for the third straight season in the high jump after clearing 1.65 meters in 2013. She finished 14th in the event last season.
Garrigus and Klusmeyer compete for the top spot in the long jump and discus, respectively, for a second straight season. Garrigus posted a qualifying mark of 5.65 meters during the regular season, while Klusmeyer's toss of 43.98 meters guaranteed her spot in Marion. Klusmeyer finished 10th in the 2012 National Championship.
Loeffler qualified for the 5,000 meter race walk after posting a mark of 27:37.90.
On the men's side, the Eagles' Cameron Blanton, Jordan Coaxum, Derek Freeman, DeMarcus Jackson, Jordan Kukal, Colby Lapresi and Marcus Lavergne will compete for national supremacy in four different events.
Blanton, Coaxum, Freeman, Jackson and Lavergne all qualified for the men's 4x100 meter relay and will travel to Marion. The team's best time was 41.4 seconds. However, only four can compete starting with the preliminary round.
Jackson also qualified for the 100 meters with a school-record time of 10.55 seconds at the Heart of America Athletic Conference Championships.
Kukal reaches the National Championship for the second time in the discus after recording a toss of 50.57 meters this outdoor season. He placed 12th overall in 2012.
Lapresi will compete in the marathon in Marion after posting a half-marathon finish of 1:12.56.
The National Championships begin Thursday 9 a.m. CT.