FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MANSFIELD, Mass. - 28 student-athletes representing 11 different Northeast-10 Conference Men's and Women's Track and Field programs have qualified to compete in the upcoming NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. This year's championships will take place March 9-10 in Pittsburg, Kansas at the Robert W. Plaster Center.
The complete list of NE10 qualifiers and the event(s) each will be competing in is listed below.
The American International Men's team led the way with six student-athletes qualifying, including Leakey Kipkosgei pictured above. Kipkosgei led all NE10 student-athletes as he qualified and will compete in three different events: the 800 meter run, the 3000 meter run, and as part of the Yellow Jackets' distance medley relay team.
AIC's Dana Bramble and Jessikha Ribeiro, as well as Merrimack's Michaela Pernell will be competing in multiple events at this year's NCAA Championships.
A couple of NE10 student-athletes are among the national leaders in their repsective events heading into the Championships. Southern Connecticut's Destiney Coward is the top seed in weight throw as her toss of 21.29 meters is the best in the nation so far this season. AIC's Ackeen Colley posted the second-fastest time in the 800 meter run (1:48.78) as well.
NE10 Men's Indoor Track & Field Qualifiers
Felipe Custodio, Adelphi, 400 Meter Dash
Michael Grady, Adelphi 800 Meter Run
Damahya Coeur, AIC, Distance Medley
Ackeen Colley, AIC, 800 Meter Run
Cameron Correia, AIC, Distance Medley
Kemani Hume, AIC, Distance Medley*
Leakey Kipkosgei, AIC, 800 Meter Run | 3000 Meter Run | Distance Medley*
Chad Miller, AIC, 400 Meter Dash*
Michael Agyeman, SCSU, Triple Jump
Yakabu Ibrahim, SCSU, 60 Meter Hurdles*
Oghenefejiro Onakpoma, SCSU, Triple Jump
Alex Demeule, Stonehill, Distance Medley
Lucas Taxter, Stonehill, Distance Medley
Stephen Vercollone, Stonehill, Distance Medley
TBD, Stonehill, Distance Medley
NE10 Women's Indoor Track & Field Qualifiers
Victoria Major, Adelphi, High Jump*
Dana Bramble, AIC, Long Jump | Triple Jump*
Dahsia Middlebrooks, AIC, Triple Jump
Jessikha Ribeiro, AIC, Pentathlon | High Jump
Abigail Jones, Assumption, Pentathlon
Michaela Pernell, Merrimack, 60 Meter Dash | 200 Meter Dash*
Riley Knebes, New Haven, 400 Meter Dash
Briana Burt, SCSU, 60 Meter Hurdles
Destiney Coward, SCSU, Weight Throw*
Jillian Caiazzi, Stonehill, Distance Medley
Krista Fernandes, Stonehill, Distance Medley*
Elizabeth Hannon, Stonehill, Distance Medley
Anna Lastra, Stonehill, Distance Medley*
* indicates qualified for NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships in 2017
Student-Athletes listed in bold italics qualified to compete in multiple events
ABOUT THE NE10
The NE10 is an association of 15 diverse institutions serving student-athletes across 24 NCAA Division II sports. Together we build brilliant futures by embracing the journey of every student-athlete.
Each year, 4,500 student-athletes compete in conference championships, making the NE10 the largest DII conference in the country in terms of sport sponsorship. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the NE10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.