Rams Set for NCAA Indoor Track Championships
- School Record 4 Student-Athletes will travel to Ohio for Division III Championships -
Farmingdale, N.Y. - A school record four student-athletes from the men's and women's indoor track team will be traveling to Columbus, Ohio on Thursday for the NCAA Division III Indoor Track Championships. Sophomore Corine Magee (Mastic, N.Y.), sophomore Faustine Chukwuezi (Central Islip, N.Y.), junior Deshaun Thomas (Jamaica, N.Y.) and senior Qasim Ellis (Farmingdale, N.Y.) will be making the trip representing Farmingdale State, in a field of 446 participants - 223 men and 223 women.
Magee broke her own school record with a time of 7.12 at the St. John's Meet in December and is making her second consecutive trip to the Indoor Championships, after being the only freshman to qualify in the 55-meter last season. She finished in 16th place in 2010, but has improved her time by .13 seconds this year.
Chukwuezi, the school record holder in the Triple Jump, will also be competing for her second straight season, after qualifying with a mark of 37' 7 1/4" at the St. John's Meet in December. Last season, she was 1-of-2 freshman and finished in a tie for 13th place. She has improved her mark 1' 2 1/4" this year.
Thomas is qualified in the 55m with a time of 6.38 and will be making his first appearance at the Nationals. He was part of the Honorable Mention All-CTC Conference 4x200m Relay team this season. Deshaun is currently #4 on Farmingdale's All-Time list for the 55m, .12 seconds behind the record holder.
Ellis, who is qualified in both the Long Jump and Triple Jump, will be making his first trip to the Indoor Championships. In the Long Jump, Ellis qualified with a mark of 23' 3 1/2" at the St. John's Invitational on December 8th. His school record Triple Jump of 47' 5 3/4" was set at the Metro Coaches Invitational on January 7th, when he broke his assistant coaches record set back in 2007.
Student-athletes qualified for the championships by reaching the automatic and provisional standards established for each event. The championships will be held March 11-12 at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
The complete list of participants is available on the following websites: Men and Women. This website is maintained by Apple Raceberry Jam, a computer services company that provides results for track and field and cross country meets.
For more information regarding the Division III men's and women's indoor track and field championships, log on to www.ncaa.com.
Highlights of the 2011 Division III Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships will be shown on CBS at 2 p.m. Eastern time, Saturday, April 30. The seasonal show will feature highlights of 16 different NCAA championships that took place during the winter.