Indianapolis - Four student-athletes from the East Coast Conference will compete in the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championship beginning later today in Birmingham, Ala. The standouts set to compete are Mackenzie Donahue of Daemen, Chelsea Hayward of Roberts Wesleyan, and Winslow Dorsainvil and St. Jacob Diodonet of St. Thomas Aquinas.
Donahue earned a spot in the 5,000m run to become the first-ever Daemen student-athlete to earn a spot in the National Championship meet. She was the ECC Champion in the event last month by almost 1:30 faster than the runner-up, breaking the conference's championship meet record in the event, as well (17:00.75). Her time in the event was the 15th fastest in Division II this year, earning her a spot in the NCAA Championship.
Hayward is back in the NCAA Championship for the second straight year in the 200m dash. After finishing 18th last year, Hayward enters this year's event as the No. 3 seed in the country with a time of 23.95. Like Donahue, Hayward was the ECC Champion in the event last month and set a meet record with a time of 24.80.
The St. Thomas Aquinas duo of Dorsainvil and Diodonet also make repeat appearances at the NCAA Championship. Dorsainvil will compete in the 60m dash for the fourth consecutive year. Last year at the national meet, the four-time conference champion in the event came in 13th after 10th place finishes in 2014 and 2015 earned him All-America honors. This season he enters the meet with the seventh fastest time in Division II at 6.76, recorded at the Yale Season Opener in December.
Diodonet is competing in the 400m run for the second straight year. After a 13th place finish in the event a year ago, the five-time ECC Track Athlete of the Week comes into this year's meet with the fifth fastest time in the nation at 47.38. He clocked the time at the Gotham Cup in January.