Springfield, Mass. - May 22, 2017 - Seniors Carly Markos (Wallkill, N.Y.) and Alex Niemiec (Chicopee, Mass.) and junior Whit DeVaux (Wethersfield, Conn.) will represent Springfield College at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships this upcoming weekend, hosted in Geneva, Ohio at the SPIRE Institute.
Markos will compete in the hammer throw, DeVaux in the javelin, and Niemiec in the high jump.
Making her second-straight trip to the outdoor track and field national championships, Markos has had a decorated final year for the Pride. After reaching the NCAA Indoor Championships earlier this winter, the Special Education major has been sensational during the outdoor portion and will enter the national event seeded sixth out of 22 competitors with a qualifying throw of 56.62 meters. The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Women's Field Athlete of the Year, Markos previously won regional titles in the event this spring at the ECAC Championship and New England Division III Championships.
The 2017 NCAA Division III Indoor Championship National Runner-Up in the high jump, Niemiec enters this weekend seeded sixth with a 2.09 meter qualifying height. A 5-foot-7 Physical Education major, Niemiec captured the NEWMAC Championship and ECAC Championship in the event and previously went to the NCAA Outdoor Championships in 2015, where he was the national runner-up in the long jump.
A two-sport standout at Springfield as he is also the punter on the football team, DeVaux will make his first appearance at the NCAA Championships in the javelin. The NEWMAC, ECAC, and New England Division III Champion in the event, DeVaux, who is majoring in Recreation Management, is the fourth seed with a qualifying mark of 65.38 meters.
DeVaux will open up the competition on Thursday, May 25 at 5:00 p.m., Niemiec will jump on Friday, May 26 at 1:30 p.m., while Markos will throw on Saturday, May 27 at 10:30 a.m.