Big Red trio set for 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championship

(L-R) Arlesha Cospy, Hannah Hall and David Carter | Photos by Brett Dunbar
(L-R) Arlesha Cospy, Hannah Hall and David Carter | Photos by Brett Dunbar

The Denison University track and field team will be sending three athletes to the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Championship held at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. The three-day meet will begin on Thursday, May 25 and run through Saturday, May 27. Three-time national qualifier Hannah Hall will be joined by two-time NCAA competitors Arlesha Cospy and David Carter.

Hall, who is in search of her first All-American honor, will be making her third-straight appearance on the national stage. Hall will enter the meet tied for the fifth-best performance in the high jump this season. Her school-record mark of 5'7.75" at Thursday's Great Lakes Elite meet vaulted her from 37th in the country into the top-5 nationally. Hall's first NCAA Championship appearance came at last year's meet where she finished 10th in the high jump. At the 2017 NCAA Indoor Championship, the New Richmond, Ohio native placed 15th overall with a final height of 5'5".

Carter will look to go 2-for-2 at the outdoor national meet. A season ago, the New Albany, Ohio native garnered his first-ever All-American trophy following a sixth-place showing in the triple jump. Carter will enter the meet tied for 18th in the event with a season-best mark of 48-feet even. That performance is six inches shy of his career-best mark achieved at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championship. The sophomore jumper posted his qualifying leap at the 2017 NCAC Championship meet on May 5.

After entering last year's meet with the 14th-best performance, Cospy will enter the 2017 NCAA Championship with a new focus and the 11th-farthest mark in the field. At the 2016 meet, the junior failed to register a mark in her three preliminary attempts. This year, the Trotwood, Ohio native will take a personal-best 151'8" mark into nationals. She achieved that mark at the Denison Big Red Invitational on Friday, April 28.

Prelims for the women's discus are schedule for 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 25. The top nine performers from the preliminary round will advance to the finals. On Friday, Hall will take part in the high jump beginning at 10:30 a.m. The prelims of the men's triple jump are slated to start at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. The top nine performances from the preliminary round will move onto the finals.