Five Polar Bears Qualify For NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship

BRUNSWICK, Maine - Five members of the Bowdoin College track and field teams have qualified for the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championship scheduled to begin this Thursday, May 22 at Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.

Katherine Harmon (women's hammer throw), Erin Silva (women's pole vault), Addison Carvajal (women's heptathlon), Jacob Ellis (men's 800M) and Kevin Hoose (3000M steeplechase) will be competing for the Polar Bears this week.

Carvajal will open in the heptathlon on Thursday at noon, with the scheduled events being the 100M hurdles, the high jump, the shot put and 200M run. On Friday, the heptathlon will continue with the long jump, javelin and 800M run. Carvajal is seeded 18th heading into nationals (4455 points).

Harmon and Silva will both compete beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday. Harmon boasts the 16th-best toss this year in Division III (51.77m) while Silva stands 10th on the performance list (3.75m) heading into the championship.

The heptathlon, hammer throw and pole vaults will be finals only.

Both men's competitors will race in preliminaries with finals scheduled for Saturday. Hoose, who ranks 20th in Division III with a time of 9:15.03, will race in the 3000M steeplechase preliminaries at 5:00 p.m. Thursday. If he qualifies, he will compete in the final on Saturday at 1:20 p.m.

Ellis is the nation's top-ranked 800M runner this spring (1:49.66) and will compete in his preliminary race Friday at 8:15 p.m. The 800M final is slated for 3:45 p.m. on Saturday.

Bowdoin senior Coby Horowitz did have the third-best time in Division III in the 1500 meters this spring (3:46.70) but has declined the invitation to race at nationals due to the NCAA race conflicting with Bowdoin's graduation on Saturday, May 24.