Hall qualifying for NCAAs highlights Great Lakes Elite

Hannah Hall | Photo by Brett Dunbar
Hannah Hall | Photo by Brett Dunbar

The Denison track and field team sent eight athletes to Ohio Wesleyan University's Great Lakes Elite meet on Thursday. The Big Red's day was highlighted by Hannah Hall school-record performance in the high jump that secured her place in next weekend's NCAA Division III Outdoor Championship.

Hall, who entered the meet ranked 37th in the nation in the high jump, needed a mark of 1.70 meters to secure a berth at nationals. The junior placed third in the field after successfully clearing 5'7.75", which bested her previous school mark by three quarters of an inch. It was also a three and a quarter inch improvement on her previous season best. With her performance, Hall moved into the top 10 in the country in the high jump, all but securing her place in the national meet.

Another PR performance came from sophomore Mackenzie Mason. Entering the event ranked eighth on the Big Red's top performers list, Mason turned in a personal-best mark after successfully vaulting over 10'1.25". The sophomore's performance was a seven-inch improvement on her previous PR and moved her into fifth on the school's top performers list. Junior Arlesha Cospy rounded out the women's performances with a second-place showing in the discus. Cospy's best toss went 142'.

On the men's side, junior David Carter finished third in the triple jump with a combined leap of 46'4.25". Sophomore Isaac Reed followed in sixth place with a mark of 40'. Freshman Ivan Maldonado and senior Drake Lohnes both finished in the top-8 in the javelin. Maldonado finished sixth with a heave of 159'10", while Lohnes checked in with a distance of 158'8". Freshman Bryce Stricker rounded things out with a ninth-place showing in the hammer throw (143'8").

Hall (high jump) joins Carter (triple jump) and Cospy (discus) as Denison athletes that have qualified for the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship set to take place next weekend (May 25-27) at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.