(NEW ORLEANS) – Lake Erie College will be represented at the 2019 NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field National championships as Madyson Plante has been named a qualifier. The sophomore will compete in the high jump after posting the ninth-best mark in the nation this season.
The national championships will take place on Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9. They will be hosted by Pittsburg State University and the Crawford County (Kan.) CVB.
"She worked tremendously hard in the fall and set three goals for herself. Being part of the national championship was one of them," said second year Head Coach Giles Davis. "She's eager to see how well she can compete with the country's best. The women's team competed extremely well at the G-MAC Championships and exceeded expectations. Madyson, along with Hailey Nielsen, were catalysts for that."
The Marlborough, Mass., surpassed the NCAA provisional mark of 1.67 meters with a jump of 1.72 meters, or 5 feet 7.75 inches. That took place at the Tom Hathaway Distance Classic hosted by UIndy on January 25.
As if that wasn't impressive enough, she hit that mark competing in the pentathlon which she won and hit another provo mark. She totaled 3,399 points in that event which currently ranks in the top 30 in the nation.
Going back the high jump, the automatic mark was set at 1.76 meters and only three athletes were able to hit that. Bellarmine's Yashira Rhymer-Stuart and Missouri S&T's Skyler Ruszkowski both surpassed it at 1.80 meters, or 5 feet 10.75 inches.
Plante's event will held on the second day at 3:30 p.m. central time.