Godwin, Prather, Richardson qualify for NCAA Championship

Saturday, May 19, 2018
by Wes Bloomquist | wbloomquist@uttyler.edu

TYLER – Three athletes from the UT Tyler Track & Field program will compete next week at the NCAA Division III Championships with Kaylee Prather, Zach Richardson and Matthew Godwin qualifying for the national meet at Roger Herring Stadium in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Prather will enter the national championship with the fourth best mark in NCAA Division III this season in the long jump at 5.83 meters. A senior from Elysian Fields, Prather is competing in Track & Field for the first season after an All-American softball career. She won the American Southwest Conference Championship meet with the jump and will start the NCAA Championships at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday on the first day of the meet.

A senior from Hallsville, Godwin will compete at 11 a.m. on Friday in the javelin. He won the ASC Championship with a throw of 63.23 meters which is the ninth best mark of the season in DIII. Godwin is a four-time ASC Champion in the javelin and will be competing in the national meet for the first time. He was named the ASC Field Athlete of the Year.

Richardson qualified in the 400 meters and comes into the national meet with the 14th fastest time after posting a 47.88 to win the ASC Championship. A junior from Waxahachie, Richardson will compete in the prelims at 4 p.m. on Friday with the finals set for 1:10 p.m. on Saturday. Richardson is making his NCAA DIII Championship debut.

NCAA PRESS RELEASE

INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee announced today the participants in the 2018 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

For each men’s individual event contested, including the decathlon, the top 20 declared student- athletes were accepted into the competition. For each women’s individual event contested, including the heptathlon, the top 22 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested, the top 16 declared relay teams, one per institution, were accepted into the competition.

The championships will be held May 24-26 at the Veteran’s Memorial Field Sports Complex in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

The complete list of qualifiers is available here.

For more information regarding the NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships, log on to ncaa.com.