Springfield, Mass. - May 20, 2019 - Beginning on Thursday, the Springfield College track and field programs will have six student-athletes compete among the nation's best at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, hosted at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
Representing Springfield College on the national stage will be Sam Liberty (Pascoag, R.I.) and Carley Moyher (Killingworth, Conn.) in the javelin, Caroline Hitchcock (Agawam, Mass.) in the high jump, Evan Tryon (New London, Conn.) and Josh Silvester (Manchester, Conn.) in the triple jump, and Tyler Hansen (Shelton, Conn.) in the 200 meter dash. Springfield College's six national qualifiers marks the most amount of student-athletes that will represent the Pride on the national stage since the 2012 season, when the maroon and white also sent six.
Competing first will be Liberty and Moyher, as the javelin competition is set to begin on Thursday, May 23 at 3 p.m. Moyher is currently seeded ninth in the field with a mark of 43.43 meters, which she threw at the 2019 Division III New England Outdoor Track and Field Championships on May 2. Liberty, who is currently seeded 21st in the field, produced a distance of 41.06 meters at the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Track and Field Championships on April 27, and won a conference title in the event.
Later on Thursday evening, Hansen will compete in the 200 meter dash prelims, which are set to begin at 5:10 p.m. Hansen, who registered a career-best time of 21.43 seconds at the NEICAAA All New England Championships on May 10, is currently seeded 17th in the event. This will be the second time this season that Hansen will compete against the nation's top competition in the 200 meter dash, as the junior also qualified for the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships in the event this past March.
On Friday, May 24, Hitchcock will compete in the women's high jump at 11:30 a.m., as she enters the championship seeded ninth in the event. The local product carries a mark of 1.70 meters into the competition, as she was able to clear the 5-foot-7-inch height at the MIT Final Qualifier on Thursday, May 16. Prior to the MIT Final Qualifier, Hitchcock was ranked just outside the Top 20, but her jump of 1.70 meters solidified her spot on the national stage.
Wrapping up the competition, Tryon and Silvester will compete in the men's triple jump at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 25. Tryon, who will be making his first trip to the NCAA Division III Championships, qualified with a jump of 14.63 meters at the Division III New England Track and Field Championships on May 2 and is seeded 13th overall. Just behind him at No. 15 is Silvester, who will be making his second trip to nationals, as the sophomore represented Springfield College at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships this past March. Silvester booked his trip to Geneva with a mark of 14.60 meters as the NEICAAA All New England Championships on May 10.
A full list of entries for the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships can be found here.