May 15, 2007
Five Athletes Advance to NCAA Outdoor Championships
INDIANAPOLIS - Five Northwest Missouri State track and field athletes advanced to the 2007 NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships, announced today by the NCAA. The championships will take place May 24-26 at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C.
Advancing are senior Bayo Adio (High Jump - Oakland, Calif.), senior Eric Isley (800-meter run - Pleasantville, Iowa), junior Courtland Ingram (Decathlon - Hannibal, Mo.) and senior Diezeas Calbert (Triple Jump - Omaha, Neb.) for the men and junior Brandi Honeywell (Heptathlon - Kansas City, Mo.) from the Bearcat women's team. All four men were champions in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association in their respective events, with Honeywell finishing second.
Adio qualified with a 7-2 1/2 height in the high jump, the only Bearcat to record an automatic qualifying mark. He enters the national meet with the nation's sixth best mark in his second trip in the past two seasons.
An All-American in the event last season, Isley is making a return trip to the national championships with a 1:50.77 time in the 800-meter run. He enters the 2007 NCAA meet with the eighth fastest time in Division II.
Ingram is making his first appearance at the NCAA Championships as the last accepted athlete in the decathlon. He stands 13th in performance lists with 6,727 points
Calbert will be looking for his second All-America title in the triple jump, qualifying with 49-11 1/2. He carries the nation's 10th-best mark in the event leading up to the national championships.
The women's team will be sending its first athlete to the NCAA Championships for the first time since 2005, with Honeywell qualifying with 4,793 points in the heptathlon. Honeywell holds the school record in the event with the ninth-best mark in NCAA Division II.
The NCAA accepted 620 athletes to the 2007 Outdoor Championships. To earn All-America honors, athletes must place in the top eight of individual and relay events. For additional information, visit the track and field championships home page hosted by Johnson C. Smith University at http://www.jcsu.edu/athletics/ncaa/07DIINationals.htm.
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