Four Polar Bears to represent Women's Outdoor Track & Field at 2017 NCAA Div. III National Championships

Thurs., May 25 - Sat., May 27, 2017 - SPIRE Institute, Geneva, Ohio

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Preview: Four members of the Ohio Northern women's track and field team are set to represent the Polar Bears at the 2017 NCAA Div. III National Championships this weekend at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio ... Seniors Kelsey Commager and Kendra Paul, junior Emily Richards and sophomore Maddy Reed will all compete at the meet ... Commager is making her second appearance at the national meet in 2017 ... The senior competed in the indoor championships in the triple jump for Northern ... Commager will make her appearance at the national meet in the triple jump ... The senior ranks 21st nationally in the event with a leap of 38' 4" which she set at the Dr. Keeler Invitational ... She will compete on Saturday May, 27 in the prelims of the event at 1:30 pm ... Paul will represent the Polar Bears in the javelin throw ... The senior ranks 16th in the country after breaking a 34-year old school-record in the event at the Dr. Keeler Invitational ... Paul will compete in the event on Thursday, May 25 at 3 pm ... Richards will compete at the national meet for the second time this season ... The junior became the first Ohio Northern athlete to ever win two events at the same National Championship meet ... Richards will represent Ohio Northern in two different events ... The junior currently owns the fastest time nationally in the 800-meter and 1,500-meter runs ... Richards owns the Div. III record in the 800-meter run and the sixth fastest time in Div. III history in the 1,500-meter run ... She will compete in the 1,500-meter run prelims at 2 pm on Thursday, May 25 before competing in the 800-meter run prelims on Friday May, 26 at 3:45 pm ... Reed also makes her second appearance at the national meet in 2017 ... The sophomore earned All-America honors in the pole vault during the indoor meet and will look to challenge for a title at the outdoor meet ... The sophomore currently owns the third best vault nationally after she broke her own ONU school record at the Keeler Invitational with a jump of 13' 0.75" ... The women's pole vault is set to begin at 12 pm on Thursday May, 25. 

Head Coach Jason Maus: Maus is in his 8th season at ONU with a 317-137-3 outdoor record, a winning percentage of .697.