Lincoln track and field advances in seven events to NCAA D-II indoor championships

The Lincoln Blue Tigers qualified five individual entries and two relays for the NCAA Division II indoor track and field national championships, which will be held March 8-9 at Pittsburg State’s Robert W. Plaster Center.

The national qualifiers for each of the 34 events -- 17 for the men and 17 for the women -- were announced Tuesday night by the NCAA.

The Lincoln women’s 4x400-meter relay of Shoneal Clarke-Giddings, Shantae George, Odeshia Nanton and Shevanae Thomas qualified for nationals with a time of 3:11.01 during the Crimson & Gold Invitational on Dec. 9 at Pittsburg State. They are the No. 3 seed in the event, behind Academy of Art (3:10.53) and St. Augustine’s (3:10.68).

The women’s 4x400 relay is a finals-only event that begins at 8 p.m. on Day 2, the final event of the national championships.

The Lincoln men’s 4x400 relay of Shanthamoi Brown, Leondre Francis, Reuben Nichols and Emmanuel Rwotomiya posted their national-qualifying time of 3:40.84 last weekend in the MIAA indoor track and field championships at Washburn. They are listed as the No. 5 seed in the event.

The men’s 4x400 relay is also a finals-only event and is the penultimate event of the national championships, scheduled to start at 7:45 p.m. on Day 2.

On the men’s side, Lincoln’s remaining national qualifiers are Francis and Nichols, both in the 400-meter dash. Nichols is the No. 5 seed with a time of 47.29 seconds and Francis is the No. 6 seed with a time of 47.34 seconds. Both runners posted their qualifying times at the Crimson & Gold Invitational.

The preliminaries for the men’s 400 are scheduled to start at 4 p.m. on Day 1. The final will be held at 6 p.m. on Day 2.

For the Lincoln women, George is a national qualifier in three events. In addition to the 4x400 relay, she is the No. 6 seed in the 60-meter dash and the No. 20 seed in the 200-meter dash.

George posted her qualifying times of 7.37 seconds in the 60 and 24.13 seconds in the 200 at the MIAA championships.

Preliminaries for the women’s 60 are at 3:15 p.m. on Day 2, with the final to follow at 5:30 p.m. on Day 2. Preliminaries for the women’s 200 begin at 5:35 p.m. on Day 1 and the final is scheduled for 6:55 p.m. on Day 2.

Annalisa Barclay is the lone national qualifier in a field event for Lincoln. She is the No. 12 seed in the women’s triple jump, posting a distance of 40 feet, 10¼ inches during the MIAA championships.

The women’s triple jump is a finals-only event scheduled to start at 3:05 p.m. on Day 2 of competition.

At last year’s indoor track and field national championships, the women’s team tied for 32nd place in the final team standings and the men tied for 45th place. The Pittsburg State men and the Adams State women are the defending national champions.

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Pittsburg State freshman Mikah Edwards is one of 18 national qualifiers for the Gorilla women’s team on its home track.

Edwards (Helias High School) will compete on Pittsburg State’s women’s 4x400 relay team, along with Olivia Lowrey, Kinleigh Hall and Yasmine Johnson. They are the No. 6 seed in the event, posting a time of 3:42.60 last weekend in the MIAA championships.

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