Missouri S&T will send a total of seven student-athletes to the NCAA Division II Track & Field Outdoor Championships next week, which will begin Thursday, May 27 at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C.


The men selected to compete at the national meet include three who are ranked among the top six nationally in their respective events. Two of them – Peter Hollenbeck and Dan Hellwig – are ranked third and sixth, respectively, in the pole vault, while Terry Robinson is the fourth-ranked competitor in the 400-meter hurdles.


Robinson, who was named as the “Track Athlete of the Year” in the Great Lakes Valley Conference for the 2010 outdoor season, won the GLVC title in the 400-meter hurdles and has a top time of 52.16 seconds which he posted at the LSU Relays. Johnson C. Smith’s Leford Green has the nation’s best mark this season of 49.46 seconds.


Hollenbeck, the “Field Athlete of the Year” in the GLVC for 2010, had a top clearance in the pole vault of 16-8 ¾, which he achieved when the Miners competed at Harding in early April, while Hellwig cleared 16-7 ¼ to win the GLVC championship earlier this month.


Western Washington’s Ryan Brown, the NCAA Division II indoor national champion, has the best performance of the outdoor season in the pole vault of 17-7; Cal State-Stanislaus’ Kasey Burlingham is the only other Division II competitor that has gone over 17 feet this season at 17-4 ½.


S&T’s 4x400-meter relay team – Bryan Kluge, Brendan Smith, Brandon Etzold and Robinson – posted its best time of 3:12.12 at the Drake Relays and enters the meet as the ninth-ranked team nationally in that event. St. Augustine’s holds the top time in the relay on the year at 3:05.27.


The Lady Miners’ lone competitor, Tamara McCaskill, is tied with Northern Michigan’s Bailey Franklin for the 12th-best jump in Division II this season of 5-7 ¼, which she recorded last month during the Dewey Allgood Invitational held at Missouri S&T. A year ago, McCaskill finished third in the high jump when she set the school record by clearing 5-8 ½.


Missouri S&T will send a total of seven student-athletes to the NCAA Division II Track & Field Outdoor Championships next week, which will begin Thursday, May 27 at Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte, N.C.

The men selected to compete at the national meet include three who are ranked among the top six nationally in their respective events. Two of them – Peter Hollenbeck and Dan Hellwig – are ranked third and sixth, respectively, in the pole vault, while Terry Robinson is the fourth-ranked competitor in the 400-meter hurdles.

Robinson, who was named as the “Track Athlete of the Year” in the Great Lakes Valley Conference for the 2010 outdoor season, won the GLVC title in the 400-meter hurdles and has a top time of 52.16 seconds which he posted at the LSU Relays. Johnson C. Smith’s Leford Green has the nation’s best mark this season of 49.46 seconds.

Hollenbeck, the “Field Athlete of the Year” in the GLVC for 2010, had a top clearance in the pole vault of 16-8 ¾, which he achieved when the Miners competed at Harding in early April, while Hellwig cleared 16-7 ¼ to win the GLVC championship earlier this month.

Western Washington’s Ryan Brown, the NCAA Division II indoor national champion, has the best performance of the outdoor season in the pole vault of 17-7; Cal State-Stanislaus’ Kasey Burlingham is the only other Division II competitor that has gone over 17 feet this season at 17-4 ½.

S&T’s 4x400-meter relay team – Bryan Kluge, Brendan Smith, Brandon Etzold and Robinson – posted its best time of 3:12.12 at the Drake Relays and enters the meet as the ninth-ranked team nationally in that event. St. Augustine’s holds the top time in the relay on the year at 3:05.27.

The Lady Miners’ lone competitor, Tamara McCaskill, is tied with Northern Michigan’s Bailey Franklin for the 12th-best jump in Division II this season of 5-7 ¼, which she recorded last month during the Dewey Allgood Invitational held at Missouri S&T. A year ago, McCaskill finished third in the high jump when she set the school record by clearing 5-8 ½.

The top mark of the season in the women’s high jump is 5-10 ½, posted by UC San Diego’s Linda Rainwater and Ashland’s Abby Kacsandi, the 2010 indoor national champion.

On the opening day of the meet, Robinson will compete in the preliminaries of the 400-meter hurdles at 7:25 p.m. , Eastern time. The following day, Robinson will join his teammates for the preliminaries of the 4x400-meter relay which will take place at 8:25 p.m.

The finals of the 400-meter hurdles are scheduled for Saturday at 7:10 p.m., while the 4x400-meter relay finals will wrap up the meet at 8:40 p.m. McCaskill will compete in the high jump on Saturday at 4:35 p.m., while Hollenbeck and Hellwig will see their competition in the pole vault begin at 4:45 p.m. on May 29.

In addition, the Miners will enter the national meet ranked at No. 19. The Miners are the highest-ranked team from the GLVC in the weekly rankings and finished the regular season ranked third in the Midwest Region behind Ashland and Grand Valley State.