MSOE track and field wrapped up their regular season over the past two days, trying to sneak any last-minute qualifiers into the NCAA Outdoor National Championships that will be played next weekend in Geneva, Ohio. While the team didn't qualify anyone new, one student-athlete that already punched their ticket will now be going for the title in two events instead of one.
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Jerica Kotarak (Wind Lake, Wis. / Muskego) already solidified her spot at the NCAA's, having qualified for the long jump a couple weeks back. Based on team declarations as of right now, she is ranked 18th out of 22 in the nation. But the senior wasn't done making waves in the final month of her collegiate career. Kotarak was clearly targeting the triple jump as the second event that she could qualify for, participating in that event exclusively over the past couple meets. She not only punched her ticket at the NCAA Final Qualifier in La Crosse, Wis., she rocketed into the top ten in the country.
Her jump was not only the second best at the meet, it destroyed a lot of records. Kotarak took down her own school and NACC conference outdoor record with a pop off jump of 11.93 meters, beating the previous mark by .23 meters. It was also way over her personal best which was set at an indoor meet with the distance of 11.78 meters. All of this occurred on her last jump, putting another national championship qualification onto her already incredible collegiate resume.
(Participants at NCC Gregory Final Qualifier hosted by North Central College)
Hayden Heun – 8th/Hammer Throw
Jerica will be the lone representative for MSOE at the NCAA Outdoor National Championships, hosted by the University of Mount Union/Greater Cleveland Sports Commission next weekend. Stay tuned to all of our media channels for the latest on when she will compete and how you will be able to stay up to date with live stats and video.