March 10, 2014

Jenkins to Compete at NCAA Championship

INDIANPOLIS – Wesley College freshman Markael Jenkins will compete in the 60m Dash at the 2014 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships, it was revealed by the NCAA earlier this morning.  This is the first time that Jenkins has qualified for an NCAA Championship and he joins Matt Bundy and Chris Donisi as the only Wolverines who have qualified for the National Championship.

A native of White Plains, Md., Jenkins was the 2014 Capital Athletic Conference Champion in the event and set a CAC-record by finishing second at the ECAC Championships in 6.88.  Jenkins is seeded 13th in the event and his preliminary race will begin at 4:30 pm ET on Friday, March 14 in Lincoln, Neb. The final is scheduled for 4:15 pm ET the next day.

Jenkins was also a member of the gold-medal winning 4x200 Relay at the ECAC Championships which ran the fastest time in the Nation in 1:29.15.  Joining Jenkins in the relay was fellow freshman Patrick Schlosser, Da'Jahn Lowery and Johnny Crenshaw.

Bundy also qualified for Nationals and was seeded tenth but was forced to withdraw due to injury.

It was a historic season for the Wesley men's & women's indoor track & field teams who both placed a program-best third at the CAC Championships, had 15 combined All-CAC selections, 31 school-records and its first women's Athlete, Rookie and Coach of the Year award winners.

The following athletes also placed in the top 50 nationally in their respective events. The top 15 men and top 17 women qualified for Nationals.

Men's: (Times are converted for NCAA Qualification standards)
60m – Da'Jahn Lowery – 17th (6.91)
Triple Jump – Raymond King – 35th (46-02.00); Cedric Walker – 36th (46-00.00)
400m – Carlton Sheppard – 42nd (49.13)
4x400m Relay: Evan Le'Mon, Anthony Brinkley, Carlton Sheppard, Dominic McAnulty – 50th (3:20.09)

Women's:
60m – Kiona Mency – 23rd (7.82)
200m – Kiona Mency – 44th (25.62); Elizsha Streeter - 49th (25.66)
High Jump – Tyesha Purnell – 26th (5-05.25)