May 19, 2013

Tallman and Fugate Qualify for NCAA Championships

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced on Sunday the individuals who qualified for the 2013 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Track and Field Championships.

Washington and Lee sophomore Janey Fugate (Atlanta, Ga./Whitefield Academy) of the women's team qualified in the 400m hurdles, while junior Zander Tallman (Grand Blanc, Mich./Cranbrook-Kingswood) made it from the men's squad.

Out of the 22 athletes to qualify in the 400m hurdles, Fugate has the 18th fastest time this year at 1:02.45. She set the mark at the W&L Carnival and broke her own W&L record in the process. Junior Heather Gearity of Montclair State has the fastest time at 59.80. Fugate won the 400H at ODAC's and was the first women's W&L track and field athlete to compete at the historic Penn Relays on April 25. This is her first time qualifying for the National Championship.

Tallman enters the meet with the 14th fastest time among the 20 competitors this year at 47.93. He set the time at the Johnson C. Smith Invitational on April 12. First-year German Fabela of Whittier has quickest mark this season at 46.94. Tallman competed at the NCAA Outdoor championships last year and finished 11th in the 400m (48.46) and 20th in the 200m (22.26).

The championships will be held on May 23-25 at La Crosse, Wis., which is hosted by University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Fugate competes in the 400m hurdles prelims on Thursday at 5:05 pm central time. Tallman runs on Friday at 6:10 pm central time in the 400m prelims.

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