Four Huskies, three Wildcats qualify for NCAA D-2 Track and Field Nationals

Published: May. 14, 2019 at 8:26 PM EDT
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Emily Byrd, Matthew Pahl, Liz Bloch, and Braden Reichl have qualified to compete in five combined events at the 2019 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Championships on May 23-25 from Kingsville, Texas. It is the most track & field student-athletes to qualify for the National Championships in program history.

A senior from St. Clair Shores, Michigan, Bloch will be competing in the 800m and the 1500m. The two-time GLIAC champion in the 1500m, Bloch set two school records this season in the events she will be competing in. Her time of 2:10.36 in the 800m ranks her eighth in Division II and sixth in the region, while her 1500m time of 2:09.57 places her 15th in the country and third in the Midwest Region.

A junior from Canton, Michigan, Pahl punched his ticket to Kingsville, Texas after running the 10,000m at the Raleigh Relays in a record-time of 29:46.89. Pahl, who was the 10,000m champion at the 2019 GLIAC Championships, ranks 14th in Division II and sixth in the Midwest Region.

A freshman from Green River, Wyoming, Reichl was one of the top runners in the 3000m Steeplechase this year. An All-American during the cross country season, Reichl was the GLIAC champion when he crossed the finish line with a time of 9:00.20 after leading for most of the race. The school record holder in the 5000m, Reichl's season-best time puts him 16th in the country and fifth in the region.

A native of Perrysburg, Ohio, Byrd earned her spot in the 10,000m at the National Championships with a record-breaking run of 35:29.30 at the Raleigh Relays. An All-GLIAC Third Teamer after finishing third at the 2019 GLIAC Championships and a cross country All-America, Byrd enters the National Championships ranked 15th in the country and fourth in the region.

Hosted by Texas A&M Kingsville, the 2019 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Championships will take place on May 23-25 from Javelina Stadium. Bloch will kick off competition for the Huskies on Thursday (May 23) at 5:55 p.m. in the Women's 1500m Preliminary. Reichl will follow Bloch at 7:25 p.m. in the Men's 3000m Steeplechase Preliminary, while Byrd in the Women's 10,000m Final at 8:55 p.m. and Pahl in the Men's 10,000m Final at 9:35 p.m. will wrap up day one. On Friday (May 24), Bloch will run the 800m Preliminary at 6:05 p.m.

The Northern Michigan University Track & Field team will send three individuals to the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Championships.

Sophomore Izabelle Peterson (Marquette, Mich.) has qualified for the 100-Meter Dash and 200-Meter Dash. The sophomore posted a season-best 100-Meter time of 11.76 and a time of 24.13 to break NMU school records and helped her to victories at the All Owens Classic. Peterson won the 200 at the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships and earned First Team All-GLIAC honors and took second in the 100 for Second Team All-GLIAC. This will be her first appearance in the National Championships.

Senior Shayla Huebner (Marquette, Mich.) is making her second National Championship meet of the year. Huebner will run in the 800-Meter Run after earning a sixth-place finish and All-American honors in the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National Championships. The senior has an outdoor season best of 2:08.97 to finish second at the GLIAC Championships and break a school record on her way to earning Second Team All-GLIAC.

Senior Michelle Juergen (Gau-Odernheim, Germany) will appear in the High Jump again after participating in the same event at the indoor championships, where she was a Second Team All-American with a 10th place finish. For the second time this season, she was named GLIAC Field Athlete of the Meet at the GLIAC Championships and enters with a season best height of 5'7.75 that she cleared at the 2019 Golden Grizzlies Invitational.

The Outdoor National Championships will take place in Kingsville, Texas and are hosted by Texas A&M University, Kingsville in Javelina Stadium. The meet starts Thursday, May 23, with Peterson running in the 100 preliminary race. Juergen will compete in the High Jump finals Friday afternoon with Huebner running in the 800 and Peterson in the 200 prelims that night. The finals for the 100, 200 and 800 will be conducted Saturday night.

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