Winger Adds NCAA Provisional Qualifying Time in 1,500

By Robert McKinney, Athletics Communications Director, (503) 370-6110

SALEM, ORE. -- Jena Winger (Jr., Bonney Lake, WA/Sumner HS) of Willamette University, who won three events at the Northwest Conference Championships earlier this season, has now earned NCAA Division III provisional qualifying times in three events, after recording a time of 4:38.63 in the 1,500-meter run at the Willamette Last Chance on Thursday, May 15. Winger took second in the event behind Kelly Fullerton of Team XO (4:36.44), but completed the race under the provisional standard of 4:40.00.

Prior to the WU Last Chance, Winger already owned provisional qualifying times in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and the 5,000-meter run. Her qualifying time of 10:46.5h in the steeplechase set a Willamette record and is ranked 7th in NCAA Division III this season. Winger achieved a time of 17:21.59 for her qualifying mark in the 5,000, a result that ranks 16th in Division III.

Official selections for the NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Track and Field National Championships will be announced on Sunday, May 18. The National Championships will be held at J.J. Keller Field in Oshkosh, Wisc., from Thursday, May 22 through Saturday, May 24.

Other highlights of the WU Last Chance included a Charles Bowles Track record in the men's 100-meter dash, an NCAA Division I regional qualifying mark in the men's 1,500-meter run and a national qualifying throw in the javelin by the NCAA Division III defending national champion on his final throw of the regular season.

Josh Cain, who competed unattached, recorded the stadium record in the men's 100 with a time of 10.55 seconds. The previous record was set by Ryan Bailey at 10.60 seconds during high school district competition in 2007.

In the men's 1,500, Alex Nelson from the University of San Francisco narrowly gained entry into NCAA Division I regional competition with a time of 3:47.78. The regional standard for Division I is 3:47.80.

Joel Krebs of George Fox University, who won the NCAA Division III men's javelin title in 2007, entered the WU Last Chance without a qualifying throw this year. On his final attempt, he registered a toss of 204' 5", which ranks fourth in Division III this season. He surpasses by a wide margin the provisional standard of 188'0" and almost reached the automatic standard of 205'1".

Willamette Last Chance at the Charles Bowles Track
Jena Winger has recorded NCAA provisional qualifying times in three events this season (steeplechase; 5,000; 1,500).

Jena Winger has recorded NCAA provisional qualifying times in three events this season (steeplechase; 5,000; 1,500).