Big Rapids, Mich. - Three Ferris State University indoor track and field student-athletes will compete in the 2013 NCAA Division II National Indoor Championships next week as the official selections have been announced by the NCAA.
The 2013 NCAA-II Championships will take place March 7-9 at the Birmingham (Ala.) CrossPlex as part of the 2013 NCAA Division II National Championships Festival in Birmingham, Ala. The Gulf South Conference and the City of Birmingham will serve as co-hosts of the championships.
Student-athletes qualified for the championships by reaching the automatic and provisional standards established for each event.
Ferris State junior standout Anna Rudd will compete in a pair of events as she is a national meet entrant in both the 3,000 meters and the 5,000 meters. Rudd holds the seventh-fastest seed time (16:42.95) in the 5,000 along with the 34th-best time going into the prelims of the 3,000 (9:37.06).
Junior thrower Jessica Pilling was chosen to represent the Bulldogs in the weight throw and her top effort of 18.35 meters this year ranks as the nation's 15th-best performance going into the national championships.
On the men's side, senior Ryan Chute was selected to compete in the mile run and holds the 21st-fastest time (4:08.25) heading into the national meet.
Pilling will open the meet for the Bulldogs on Thursday, March 7, in the weight throw at 4 p.m. (ET). Rudd will take part in the women's 5,000 meters on March 8 at 6:45 p.m. (ET) with the 3,000 meters set for March 9 at 5:40 p.m. Finally, Chute will take part in the prelims of the mile on March 8 at 4:45 p.m. with the finals set for March 9 at 4:25 p.m.
Last year, Rudd claimed All-America honors at the 2012 outdoor national championships with a fifth-place performance in the 10,000 meters. Pilling just narrowly missed earning All-America recognition at outdoor nationals as well with a ninth-place showing in the hammer throw.
This past weekend (Feb. 23-24), all three Bulldog national qualifiers had success at the 2013 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Indoor Championships hosted by Grand Valley State at the Kelly Family Sports Center in Allendale. Rudd led the Bulldogs as she claimed two individual event titles en route to being tabbed as both the Women's Track Athlete of the Meet along with being voted as the league's nominee for the regional track athlete of the year honor.
Rudd won the 3,000 meters on Sunday as she set a new meet record with a time of 9:37.06 in winning the field. The time surpassed the NCAA Division II National Provisional qualifying standard and was a personal-best along with the second-best individual event performance in school history. She also aptured the conference championship in the 5,000 meters on Saturday as she was clocked in 16:42.95, which eclipsed the previous league meet record. It was also a national provisional qualification time and she won the event by nearly 25 seconds. Her time in the 5,000 meters was also a personal-best and ranked as the second-fastest event performance in Bulldog history.
Pilling placed seventh in the weight throw with a toss of 59-2 (18.03m), which was also a national provisional throw, while Chute led the men's team as he placed third overall in the 3,000 meters with a national provisional qualifying time of 8:24.72. His time was a personal-best and the third-best time ever in the event in Bulldog history.
The Bulldog women's indoor track and field team is currently listed 22nd nationally this week in the United States Track and Field/Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II National Rankings.
More than 500 participants (including student-athletes, coaches and administrators) from around the country are expected to visit Birmingham for the event.
The Birmingham CrossPlex is a 750,000 square foot, multi-purpose athletic and meeting facility. Located only minutes from downtown Birmingha, the world-class facility boasts a six lane oval hydraulic track and eight-60 meter lanes for sprint/hurdle events. The hydraulic track features a Mondotrack surface and is one of only six in the United States and one of eight worldwide. The state of the art track takes just ten minutes to raise or lower for banked corners and there are dual horizontal runways for pole vault, long jump and triple jump. Additionally, dual high jump approaches can be configured along with dual throwing sectors for shot-put located outside the oval.
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