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Seven Wildcat track and field athletes are in Ohio competing in the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships May 21-23, trying to win the gold for Linfield.
Senior Laura Sibley; juniors Josh and Jeremy Lovell and Marci Klimek; and freshmen Katrina Amsberry, Kelly Marineau and Catherine Street will represent Linfield in their respective events at the meet
at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio.
Sibley will run the 400-meter hurdles at the meet. She is ranked 12th in the event.
“I am excited for the opportunity to get to compete at nationals,” Sibley said. “My goal is to make it to finals and become an All-American. If I do what I am capable of, I should be able to attain this goal. I am really looking forward to racing and watching my teammates do great.”
Klimek will compete in both the 5,000- and 10,000-meter races, focusing on the latter.
The Lovell brothers will compete against each other in the D-III decathlon title for the second year in a row. Josh entered the championships with a decathlon score of 7,003, the best in the nation. Jeremy entered with 6,737 points, placing him third in Division III.
“I feel that I have prepared as much as I could for the championship and am ready to accept what will come from it,” Josh said. “Being here and competing at a championship level is why I have put in so much effort and time this last offseason and through the season.”
At last year’s NCAA championships, Josh placed third and Jeremy placed fifth.
“I got a good taste of the championships last year and am ready to improve on that performance a year ago,” Josh said. “My coaches have prepared me as much as they can, and now it is up to me to repay them for all their hard work they have put in for me.”
A trio of freshmen round out the Wildcat championship squad.
Both Amsberry and Marineau will compete in the women’s javelin.
As of May 21, Amsberry was ranked 17th, while Marineau held the 19th spot. Their marks were separated by a mere 0.127 of a meter.
“There is going to be very good competition here: I am going to do my best and see where that takes me,” Marineau said. “I am hoping to come out at a higher rank than I came in.”
The final participant, Street, will compete in the women’s pole vault. She is ranked ninth, after her school record-breaking 3.75-meter jump back in March during the NCAA Indoor Championships.
“I’m feeling pretty confident going into the national competition,” Street said. “There are a lot of good vaulters, and the heights are all pretty close. I’m just going to go out and enjoy vaulting and hopefully do my best.”
A total of 688 participants will compete at Don Drumm Stadium in Marietta.