Slippery Rock’s McQuaide leads locals into D-II track and field nationals
After placing fifth last year at the NCAA Division II Track and Field Championships, pole vaulter Courtney McQuaide will get another shot to raise the bar.
A redshirt senior from Slippery Rock and a former outdoor national champion in her event, McQuaide is one of 16 athletes from the PSAC headed to nationals set for March 8-9 at Pittsburg State University in Kansas.
The Greensburg Salem graduate was an All-American last season during the indoor and outdoors seasons. This appearance will be her sixth at the national level.
Her season-best mark of 3.95 meters (12 feet, 11.5 inches) is the eighth-best vault in the nation this season.
Other former WPIAL athletes bound for nationals out of the PSAC include Cal (Pa.) senior Jae’Len Means (Gateway) in the 200-meter dash, and IUP junior Christian Jones (Laurel Highlands) in the high jump.
Here is the complete list of national qualifiers from the PSAC:
Kirsten O’Malley, Sr., triple jump
Stefanie Parsons, So., mile run
Sunflower Greene, Sr., shot put, weight throw
Abby Wagner, R-Sr., triple jump
Zarria Williams, Jr., long jump
Maddy Marshall Jr., pole vault
Courtney McQuaide, R-Sr. (Greensburg Salem), pole vault
Caroline Lewis, So., long jump, pentathlon
Jae’Len Means, Sr. (Gateway), 200-meter dash
Andre Carr, Fr., 60-meter dash
Derek Horton, Sr., pole vault
Christian Jones, Jr. (Laurel Highlands), high jump
Dontay Jacobs, Sr., 400-meter run
Charles Bowman, R-Jr., 60-meter hurdles
Shamar Jenkins, R-Fr., triple jump
Ralph Casper, So., shot put
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