Western Oregon track team sends four to NCAA Division II national meet

Amanda Schumaker, Ashley Potter, Seabre Church and Dan Sprinkle compete this weekend


WOU's Ashley Potter, shown here competing in the triple jump at the GNAC Outdoor Championships, is one of four Wolves headed to nationals this weekend.



Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl, Pueblo, Colo.



WOU qualifiers:

Amanda Schumaker (javelin), Ashley Potter (triple jump), Seabre Church (javelin), Dan Sprinkle (3,000 steeplechase).

MONMOUTH -- Four Western Oregon University track and field athletes will represent the Wolves at this weekend's NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Pueblo, Colo.

Amanda Schumaker and Seabre Church will compete in the javelin, Ashley Potter in the triple jump and Dan Sprinkle in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in the three-day event which begins Thursday.

Potter and Schumaker will return to the national meet with automatic-qualifying standards -- Potter with a jump of 40 feet, 9 inches in the triple jump, and Schumaker a throw of 158-11 in the javelin.

Amanda Schumaker

Schumaker enters the meet with the third-longest throw in the country, a school-record breaking mark that she completed at the Long Beach Invitational. The junior from Gladstone is also coming off her first Great Northwest Athletic Conference title in the event.

Potter, the 2011 and 2012 GNAC triple jump champ, is ninth on the 2012 NCAA performance list with her leap, which set the GNAC outdoor record and secured the senior from Springfield a spot in the Wolves all-time top 10 list.

Church sits in 10th place (142-1) on the NCAA performance list entering the meet. The sophomore from Florence placed third at the GNAC Outdoor Championships May 12.

Sprinkle's time of 9:00.94 at the 3,000 steeplechase final at the GNAC Outdoor Championships secured the 15th-best time in the nation and a third-place finish at the conference meet.

Sprinkle will run in Thursday's preliminaries beginning at 7:10 p.m., while Potter will compete Friday beginning at 5:15 p.m.

Schumaker and Church will close out nationals when they compete in the javelin Saturday starting at 1:50 p.m.


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