Track Nationals Set to Begin Thursday

322 athletes representing 24 colleges are on their way to Alfred State for the 2011 NJCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships.  The Pioneers enter the national championships ranked #4 in the NJCAA poll and will look to make their mark as they entertain some of the top talent in two-year athletics.

Four Pioneers will head into the nationals with the best time recorded this season in their competition. Brett Harrington (Rochester/Edison) is ranked 1st in the 110 m hurdles (14.73), Marcquis Johnson-Broughton (Rochester/Edison) is 1st in the 400 m hurdles (55.81), David Miller (Elmira Southside) is 1st in the pole vault (4.60 m), and Tara Murphy (Rochester/Wilson) is top in the 800 m (2:18.37).  The women's 4 x 400 relay team also is ranked #1 heading into the championships.

Murphy is also ranked #2 in the 400 m (58.94), Rawle Crawford (Mt. Vernon) is #2 in the 200 (22.12), Briana Dorsey (Rochester/School of the Arts) is #2 in the 100 m (12.60), Jordan Traina (Gates Chili) is #2 in the pole vault (4.20 m), and Megan Votava (Alfred Almond) is #2 in the 100 m hurdles (16.74).

The Lady Pioneers are coming off winning the Region III Championship for the first time since 2007 last weekend.  The men's team finished 3rd.

Alfred State last hosted the outdoor track & field championships in 2009 and will host the national championships again in 2012.

Action begins on Thursday morning at 9 a.m. when the decathlon and the heptathalon begin.  Field events begin at 1 p.m. and running events at 2:15 p.m.  Events continue on Friday at 9 a.m. and then again at 10 a.m. on Saturday.  For a complete list of events visit: http://www.alfredstate.edu/athletics/national-championship-schedule-of-events