Springfield, Mass. - March 8, 2017 - Junior Courtney Luscier (Pittsfield, Mass.), senior Carly Markos (Wallkill, N.Y.) and senior Alex Niemiec (Chicopee, Mass.) will represent Springfield College at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships this upcoming weekend, hosted at North Central College in Naperville, Ill.
This marks the first time since the 2009-10 season that the track and field programs at Springfield College will send three student-athletes to the national stage, as Luscier will compete in the 60 meter dash, Markos in the 20-pound weight throw and Niemiec in the high jump.
Making her trip to the indoor track and field national championships for the second-consecutive season, Luscier currently holds the eighth-fastest 60 meter dash time in Division III, registering a time of 7.74 seconds at the Division III New England Championships, hosted at MIT on February 17. Last season, Luscier produced a Springfield College school-record breaking time of 7.67 seconds in the preliminary race, before crossing the finish line in 7.69 seconds to take seventh overall and earn All-America recognition for the first time in her career.
It has been a sensational senior season thus far for Markos, a Special Education major at Springfield College. The Wallkill, N.Y. native has etched her name into the Springfield College women's track and field record books, as her qualifying throw of 59 feet, 8.5 inches, broke the program record, and ranked her fifth overall in alll of Division III. Although this is her first time qualifying for the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships, Markos is no stranger to the national stage, as last spring, the senior represented Springfield College at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the hammer throw.
It didn't take long for Niemiec to punch his ticket to the national championships this season, as the senior cleared a height of 6 feet, 10.25 inches in the Pride's first meet of the season, the Springfield College Season Opener on December 3. Niemiec, a 5-foot-7 Physical Education major, currently ranks tied for fourth in all of Division III, and much like Markos, is not stranger to competing amongst the nation's best. In the spring of 2015, Niemiec finished as the nation's runner up in the long jump at the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships, posting a distance of 24 feet, 5 inches.
Luscier will compete in the 60 meter prelims on Friday, March 10 at 2:35 p.m., with a chance to make it to the finals on Saturday, March 11 at 2:45 p.m. Markos will lead off for the Pride, competing at 10 a.m. on Friday, March 10, while Niemiec will compete on Satuday, March 11 at 10 a.m.