Last chance to make the dance

Calahan Steed, Staff Reporter

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The UW-Whitewater men’s and women’s track and field team competed in three last chance meets in hopes of improving marks to reach qualifying status for the NCAA Indoor Championships. The Warhawks traveled to UW-Platteville and Wartburg (Iowa) on Friday and UW-Stevens Point on Saturday to compete in track events.

In the Platteville Final Qualifier, Senior Enyo Amet competed in the high jump where she earned a personal best 5-06.00 mark. That put Amet in national qualifying position where she ranks tenth in the nation.

“I definitely cried when I qualified. It was a dream come true,” Amet said. “It was like I was having a daydream.”

Sophomores Alex Duff and Christian Jackson improved to national qualifying contention in the 60-meter hurdles. Duff’s time of 8.10 moved him to fifth in the nation, and Jackson’s time of 8.15 moved him to 10th in the nation.  

“Honestly I stop focusing on the national meet,” Jackson said. “I was focusing on trying to PR. I went most of the season not PR’ing really and that was my biggest frustration all season.”

The men’s distance medley relay team finished with a time of 10:03.72. The team of Logan Zeien, Alec Meixelsperger, Brian Kuehl and Jonah Nelson moved to 11th in the nation after their event at the Wartburg Qualifier.  

At Stevens Point, sophomore Adam Schommer placed with a height of 15-07.25 in the pole vault. That height is Schommer’s new career best, which put him in a tie for 19th in the nation.

The NCAA Championships will take place on March 9-10 in Birmingham, Ala. at the Birmingham CrossPlex. National qualifiers are expected to be announced on Monday at 8 a.m. via press release on NCAA.com.

“I’m happy that Enyo and Christian saw the fruits of their labor as they have worked very hard,” head coach Mike Johnson. “We are healthy and excited for the championships and hope to perform well individually and as a team.”