NEW LONDON, Conn.-- Coast Guard track and field will send four members to the NCAA Division III Championships in Geneva, Ohio on May 23-25. Three from the women's side and one from the men's team will be competing.
For the men, junior Ben Zarlengo will make his first trip to the National Championships. He will be competing in the hammer throw, where he is ranked 20th with a distance of 185' (56.40m) from his third place finish at the New England Division III Championships, which is his personal best throw and a Coast Guard record.
On the women's side, sophomores Kaitlyn Mooney and Leilani Salang, and junior Adora Lawrence will all be competing. Salang and Lawrence will both be competing at the NCAA Championships for the first time and Mooney will return for the second time in her career.
Mooney will be competing in the 5K, where she is currently ranked fifth in Division III with her time of 16:49.40 coming from a first place finish in the New England Outdoor Championships, competing against athletes across all three divisions. Last year Mooney placed 10th overall in the 5K with a 17:42.76 time. During the indoor season, Mooney won the National Championship in the 5K with a time of 16:23.12, the fastest time ever recorded in Division III history.
Salang will be competing in the discus, where she is ranked fifth in Division III with a distance of 154' 10" (47.19m) coming from her first place performance at the Last Chance meet at MIT this past Thursday. This was a personal best distance and a new Coast Guard record in the discus.
Lawrence is competing in the 400m, where she is ranked 20th in Division III with a time of 56.99 coming from a fourth place finish at the New England Division III Championships. This was a personal best time for Lawrence and also is the new Coast Guard record in the 400.