Baird, Dolwick & Pranka Earn USTFCCCA All-Region Laurels

Alex Dolwick '19, Drew Pranka '19 and Cooper Baird '19

NEW ORLEANS — The U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) announced the all-region honorees for the 2019 NCAA Division III men's outdoor track and field season on Sunday, and Washington and Lee had three athletes honored.

Senior Cooper Baird (Fort Worth, Texas/Fort Worth Country Day) earned the distinction in the 1,500m, senior Alex Dolwick (Apex, N.C./GRACE Christian School) was recognized in the 5,000m and senior Drew Pranka (Princeton, Ill./Princeton) garnered the laurel in the 400m hurdles.

Baird recorded the third-fastest time in the South/Southeast region in the 1,500m (3:56.36) at the Bison Outdoor Classic on April 13 to receive the honor. This marks his second outdoor all-region citation and his third overall.

In the 5,000m, Dolwick registered the fifth-fastest time (14:56.17) in the region at the Swarthmore Final Qualifier on May 13 for his first all-region award. It was also a personal-best for the senior in the final collegiate race of his career.

Pranka has the third-fastest time in the region in the 400m hurdles (53.35), which he notched at the Mount Olive First Chance and Multi Meet on May 10. The time broke his own school record and enabled him to qualify for the NCAA Division III Men's and Track & Field Championship. This is the fourth straight year Pranka has received all-region laurels in the event.

To be named all-region, an athlete must either have finished in the Top 5 of an individual event or have been part of a Top 3 relay in a region. This is the fourth year the USTFCCCA has announced all-region honors.

Pranka competes at the NCAA Championship at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio on Thursday at 4:40 pm in the prelims of the 400m hurdles. If he advances to the finals, they take place on Saturday at 2:25 pm.

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