OWINGS MILLS, Md. – Senior Devonte Williams of the Stevenson University men's outdoor track and field team and freshman Danika Ani of the Mustang women's track and field team have qualified for their respective NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships. The 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championship will be held Thursday, May 25 through Saturday, May 27 at SPIRE Sports Institute in Geneva, Ohio and hosted by the University of Mount Union.
For Williams, it marks his third trip to nationals, as he qualified this year in the 100 and 200 meter dashes. He qualified in the 200 as a freshman and sophomore and became Stevenson's first All-American as a sophomore, placing seventh in the 200. Earlier this season, Williams finished fourth in the 200 at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championship.
Williams enters next week's competition as the No. 2 seed in the 100 with a qualifying time of 10.43 seconds, while he is the No. 10 seed in the 200 with a 21.33 second effort. Both marks were set at the Middle Atlantic Conference Championship held on May 6.
Ani, who becomes Stevenson's first-ever qualifier for nationals on the women's side, qualified in the shot put, an event in which she also qualified for indoor nationals earlier this season. She enters next week as the No. 8 seed following a qualifying toss of 14.10 meters set on April 15 at the Towson Invitational.
For each men's individual event contested, including the decathlon, the top 20 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each women's individual event contested, including the heptathlon, the top 22 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested, the top 16 declared relay teams, one per institution, were accepted into the competition.