NORTH CANTON, Ohio - Four members of the Walsh Cavaliers outdoor track and field team will be competing in the 2019 NCAA Division II Outdoor National Championships in Kingsville, Texas next week as announced on Tuesday (May 14). Four Cavaliers were honored with All-Region honors by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) this afternoon as well.
On the men's side, senior Jacob Kernell and sophomore Lane Knoch will be representing the Cavaliers in Texas for Nationals. Kernell and Knoch also were named All-Region for the Midwest on Tuesday for their seasons this year.
Kernell qualified in the 3000 meter steeplechase with a school record time of 8:52:87. That time was the fastest in the Midwest Region and set a G-MAC Championship record as well. His steeplechase time ranks fifth in Division II competitors. This will be the second time in his outdoor career that Kernell will be competing at the National meet.
Knoch will make his first outdoor National Championship appearance in the 400 meter hurdles next week. He qualified with a school record time of 52.14 seconds, which he set just last weekend at Mount Olive's Last Chance Meet. His 400 meter hurdles time ranks fourth in the Midwest and 18th in Division II.
For the women, juniors Andra Lehotay and Brianna Coy will be Texas bound with the team as national qualifiers. Lehotay was dubbed All-Region along with Alexandra Rodgers.
Lehotay is making her third straight trip to the outdoor National meet in the 1500 meter run. She was All-American in her last two trips to Nationals. She qualified with a time of 4:23.16, set at the Raleigh Relays. The G-MAC Champion in the 1500 was second in the region in the event and seventh in Division II.
Coy will make her National Championship debut in the 10,000 meter run in Texas next week. Coy qualified with a time of 35:29.94, a school record time that she set at the Bryan Clay Invite in California last month. She just missed out on All-Region honors as she was sixth in the Midwest but she was 15th in Division II.
Rodgers was named All-Region in the Javelin Throw after she had the third best throw in the region, 40.20 meters at the Cedarville Open.
The National Championships will begin on May 23rd in Kingsville, Texas.