INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Track and Field and Cross Country Committee announced that a pair of Penn State Harrisburg student-athletes in Jalil Clayton and Rae Rae Taylor have qualified for the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships to be held March 8-9 in Boston, Mass.
Clayton will compete in the men's 60m hurdles after posting the 13th-best time in the nation in the event at 8.15 seconds earlier this season. The senior recently won Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) and Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Championships in the event. Thanks to his outstanding effort, he was named the CAC Men's Indoor Athlete of the Year last month.
Taylor's total of 3,353 total points in the women's pentathlon was good enough to rank 17th in the country and earn her a spot in the NCAA event. The sophomore won the ECAC Championship in the pentathlon over the weekend after winning CAC Titles in the long and triple jump events last month. Thanks to her stellar performance, she was named the CAC Women's Indoor Athlete of the Year three weeks ago.
For each men's individual event contested, including the heptathlon, the top 20 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each women's individual event contested, including the pentathlon, the top 20 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested, the top 12 declared relay teams, one per institution, were accepted into the competition.
The NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships will be held this Friday and Saturday at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston, with the University of Massachusetts Boston serving as official host. A full schedule of events will be released later this week.