Four Lumberjacks Secure Spots in NCAA Outdoor Championships

SACRAMENTO, Calif.- The Lumberjack Track and Field squad traveled to Sacramento, California, to compete in the NCAA Western Regionals.  The group finished with four NCAA Championship qualifiers.

Izac Canchola got things started off for the ‘Jacks.  Canchola entered the weekend ranked 15th in the West, for javelin.  He brought the intensity with a big first throw and finished 11th overall in javelin.  Canchola was the first of the Lumberjacks to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Austin, Texas.

Canchola will also be joined in Austin by pole vaulter Branson Ellis.  Ellis entered the weekend ranked 65th in the world and second in the west region.  He did a great job staying focused, on a drawn-out chilly night.  Ellis finished tied for second and punched his ticket to Austin.

Angel Richmore finished 16th in the high jump, not qualifying for the NCAA Championships.  However, due to her prior heptathlon time at the Carl Kight Invitational, Richmore is ranked 17th in the NCAA and secures a spot at the championships in Austin.

The fourth and final qualifier heading to Austin is Nissi Kabongo.  Head Coach Robert Hansen complemented the grit of Kabongo, saying “Nissi battled through a bit of injury but competed really hard and got done what needed to be done.”  She finished tied for fifth and secured a spot in the NCAA high jump championships. Clark Otte had an incredible end to his collegiate career.  Otte set a new 3000m steeplechase school record, in his last race as a Lumberjack.  He finished with a time of 8:51.30, claimed his fourth school record, and etched his name into SFA history.

Head Coach Robert Hansen was very happy with the way the program has performed this season.  “I would just like to say how proud I am from a program standpoint that all our event groups were well represented at the NCAA Preliminary Round.  We always prepare and expect to be ready for championship season and we executed most of the weekend”, Hansen said.

The NCAA Championships will begin June 7 and run through June 10, in Austin, Texas.  The four athletes heading to Austin all have a chance to earn either First or Second Team All-American.