INDIANAPOLIS, IND – Seven Peach Belt Conference track & field athletes will compete in eight events as the NCAA released the participants for the 2019 Men’s and Women’s Track National Championships. The event will be held May 23-25 in Kingsville, Texas, at Javelina Stadium; Texas A&M Kingsville will serve as host.
The PBC will send five male athletes to compete in five events and two female athletes to compete in three events. PBC Champions Embry-Riddle will send the most from the conference with five athletes participating.
On the men’s side, ERAU’s Calahan Warren will compete in the 800 and 1500 at the NCAAs. The junior from Auburndale, Fla., won the 1500 at the PBC Championships and ran the fastest time in the PBC at 3:48.93 at the Black & Gold Challenge. He also ran the fastest 800 in the league with a time of 1:50.71 at the same event. Calahan will run the 1500 at the NCAAs for the second straight year.
UNC Pembroke’s Javon Graham will compete in the 110m hurdles. The three-time All-Conference performer won the event at the PBC Championships and set his NCAA provisional mark at 14.05 last weekend at the Mount Olive Final Qualifier.
Embry-Riddle’s Brodie Lubelski will be the first PBC men’s athlete to compete in the shot put at the NCAA Championships. The PBC champion in the event, he set an NCAA provisional mark of 18.26m at the Embry-Riddle First Chance meet
ERAU’s Connor Guinn and Lonnie Marts will be the first two PBC athletes to compete in the decathlon at the NCAAs. Guinn set a PBC record at the league championships with 6,846 points while Marts scored 6,815 at the Mount Olive First Chance and Multi.
On the women’s side, Embry-Riddle Kristen Metcalf will return to the NCAA Championships to compete in the 800 and 1500. The senior from Mississauga, Ontario, was a 2018 All-American in both events, is the PBC record-holder in both events and won both for the second straight year at the 2019 PBC Championships. Metcalf ran the fastest 800m in the PBC this year in a time of 2:08.15 at the Mount Olive First Chance and Multi and ran the fastest 1500 at the UF Tom Jones Memorial in 4:25.56.
Destiny Johnson becomes the first Clayton State women’s athlete to compete at the NCAAs since 2016. The senior from New Iberia, La., is a two-time All-Conference performer and three-time PBC field athlete of the week. She holds the highest jump in the PBC this season at 1.72m set at last weekend’s Mount Olive Final Qualifier.
The NCAA National Championships will be streamed live on NCAA.com.
NCAA Championships Schedule
|Event||PBC Participant||Date & Time|
|Men's Decathlon||Connon Guinn, Embry-Riddle||Thursday, May 23, 11:30 am|
|Lonnie Marts, Embry-Riddle||Thursday, May 23, 11:30 am|
|Women's 1500 Prelims||Kristen Metcalfe, Embry-Riddle||Thursday, May 23, 6:55 pm|
|Men's 1500 Prelims||Calahan Warren, Embry-Riddle||Thursday, May 23, 7:10 pm|
|Women's High Jump||Destiny Johnson, Clayton State||Friday, May 24, 6:05 pm|
|Women's 800 Prelims||Kristen Metcalfe, Embry-Riddle||Friday, May 24, 7:05 pm|
|Men's 800 Prelims||Calahan Warren, Embry-Riddle||Friday, May 24, 7:20 pm|
|Men's 110 Hurdles||Javon Graham, UNC Pembroke||Friday, May 24, 7:55 pm|
|Men's Shot Put||Brodie Lubelski, Embry-Riddle||Saturday, May 25, 6:05 pm|