NEW LONDON, Conn.-The Coast Guard Academy is sending four track and field student-athletes to compete at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships to be hosted by the University of Wisconsin La Crosse this weekend. The championships will run from May 23rd through May 25th
From the women's team, sophomore Beth Gollin qualified for the championships in the 3000 meter steeplechase. She is currently ranked 18th at 11:03.98 in that event and is the first female from Coast Guard to ever qualify in the event. She also becomes the first female athlete to qualify for the championship since 2004 when Jen Wescott qualified in the hammer throw.
On the men's side, junior Adam Scalesse has qualified in a pair of events, the 110 and 400 meter hurdles. He is ranked first in the country in the 110 meter hurdles with a time of 14.16 seconds and 13th in the 400 meter hurdles at 52.66 seconds. Scalesse is a three-time All-American and is looking for the school's first individual national championship since Drew Orsinger in 1995. Scalesse, the recently named New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference Men's Track Athlete of the Year currently has the best time in the 110 meter hurdles in all of Division III this season.
Junior Ben Wolhaupter qualified in the pole vault and is currently ranked 12th nationally at 4.85 meters. He becomes the first Coast Guard pole vaulter to qualify since Drew Orsinger ('96), who garnered All-American Status seven times and was the 1995 NCAA Indoor Champion. This will be his first trip to the championships.
Junior Clay Kosack qualified for the championships and is ranked seventh nationally in the decathlon following an ECAC Championship-best 6384 points this past weekend. He becomes the first Coast Guard decathlete to go to the National Championships since 2007 when Steve Blum earned an invite during the outdoor season to qualify for the championships. Kosack qualifies for the first time in his collegiate career.
For updates, direct your browsers to the official Coast Guard Athletics website, cgasports.com throughout the weekend.
The top eight finishers in each event will earn All-American status.