The Shawnee State track and field program will have six athletes competing in the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships beginning on Thursday, May 24 and running through Saturday, May 26.
After the opening ceremonies at 2 p.m., Shawnee State will have two competitors in action. SSU’s first runner of the tournament will be Seth Farmer, who is set to compete in the men’s 1500-meter run preliminary trials at around 3:40 p.m. Farmer is currently seeded fifth overall in the event.
Shawnee State’s Thursday will end late, as Anna Havranek aims to bring home another All-American spot in the women’s 10,000-meter run. Havranek finished second in the event just one season ago, the best finish in the event in program history. Havranek is seeded fifth in the event. The women’s 10,000-meter run is set to begin around 7:50 p.m.
After an off day on Friday, all of Shawnee State’s remaining competitors will be in action on Saturday. SSU’s day gets underway at 6 a.m. when Steven Adams and Kate Spencer compete in the marathon. Both Adams and Spencer qualified for the marathon at the Athens Half-Marathon in April. Adams is currently seeded 42nd on the men’s side, with Spencer seeded 13th in the women’s race.
Shawnee State’s next event will be the high jump, where Shae Patty will be the first SSU field athlete to compete at the NAIA National Championships. Patty qualified for the NAIA meet by winning the Mid-South Conference Championship; she broke the National “A” standard with a 1.72-meter jump. Patty is seeded third overall in the event and will jump around 2 p.m.
Following Patty’s jump, Brooke Smith will compete for the first time in the women’s 1500-meter run. Smith is currently seeded 11th in the 12-runner field. The women’s 1500-meter run will begin at 3 p.m. Following Smith and pending on Thursday’s result, Seth Farmer will run in the men’s 1500-meter final at 3:10 p.m.
Patty, a 2017 graduate of Northwest, finished in the top-10 during the OHSAA Division II State Track Meet last year while Smith, a Wheelersburg graduate, has routinely put herself as one of the most reliable runners in the entire NAIA.
To be named an All-American, Shawnee State’s athletes must finish in the top eight of each event. Shawnee State will also have their Daktronics NAIA Scholar-Athletes announced later this week.
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