INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced on Saturday the individuals who qualified for the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Men's Track and Field Championship, and Washington and Lee senior Mac Strehler (Moseley, Va./Trinity Episcopal School) earned a spot in the 10,000m.
Out of the 20 competitors to qualify in the event, Strehler has the 12th-fastest time at 30:19.60, He recorded the time at the Bison Outdoor Classic hosted by Bucknell on April 14. Senior Ian LaMere of Wisconsin-Platteville has the fastest time at 29:18.92.
This marks the first time in Strehler has qualified for an NCAA Track and Field National Championship. He competed in the cross country championships this fall, where he finished 92nd out of 278 runners.
Strehler is the first W&L men's track and field athlete to qualify in the 10,000m and the first to qualify for a National Meet since senior Ian McDonald (Richmond, Va./Douglas S. Freeman) took second in the mile at the indoor meet. The last time the Blue and White sent a competitor to the outdoor championship was in 2014, when six Generals qualified.
The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship will be held on May 25-27 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. Strehler will compete on Thursday at 10:45 am.
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