ROLLA, Mo. – Two members of Missouri S&T's track & field program – John Karsten (Jefferson City, MO/Blair Oaks HS) and Skyler Ruszkowski (League City, TX/Clear Falls) – have been selected to compete at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The national meet is scheduled to begin May 24 in Charlotte, N.C.
Karsten was selected as one of 20 participants in the hammer throw, where he recorded the 15th-best mark of the season in that event, while Ruszkowski will be making her second appearance at the outdoor championships and third overall in the high jump as the 11th-ranked competitor in the 20-person field.
The men's hammer throw will take place at noon, Eastern time, on Thursday, May 24, while the women's high jump competition is slated for Friday, May 25 at 5:45 p.m., Eastern time.
Karsten's top performance in the hammer throw took place at the Great Lakes Valley Conference Championships with a mark of 197-3 that was the second-best throw in school history. In March, Karsten earned his first NCAA berth in the weight throw and finished in 15th place in the event.
The top performance in the hammer throw this season came from Marcus Myers of Walsh, who had a throw of 220-2.
Ruskowski earned her national berth on the strength of a clearance of 5-7¾ last Friday at Missouri Southern, after having a previous best of 5-7¼ this year. A year ago, Ruszkowski took 13th in the indoor high jump and tied for 18th in the event as a freshman at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Championships.
Angelo State's Kaitlin Lumpkins has this year's best mark in the high jump of 5-11¼.
Ruszkowski was also named to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's all-region team, as she recorded the second-best high jump performance of the season in the region with the mark that earned her the national berth.
In addition to Karsten being selected for the national meet, four members of Missouri S&T's men's team were also named to the USTFCCCA's all-region team for the 2018 outdoor season.
The individuals named were Luke Allen (Jefferson City, MO/Calvary Lutheran) in the long jump, Jarett Johnson (Webb City, MO/Webb City) in the javelin throw, Lucas Rosenbaum (Sidney, NE/Sidney HS) in the pole vault and Ezekiel Buck (Elburn, IL/Geneva), who was among the top five in both the pole vault and decathlon.
Johnson's best throw of 193-2, which took place at the Arkansas Spring Invitational, was the second-best in the region this season, while Rosenbaum ranked fourth in the pole vault with a top clearance of 16-2 and Allen's top long jump of 23-9 ranked fifth among the competitors in the Midwest region.
Buck's best performance in the pole vault of 16-3½ was the third-best in the Midwest region this season and his school record decathlon performance of 6,839 points to win the GLVC championship was the fifth-best on the regional level.
To earn all-region honors, a competitor must rank among the top five individuals in their event for the season as well as the top three relay teams in each of the eight NCAA regions.