19 From GNAC Headed To NCAA Track Championships
SFU's Marie-Eloise Leclair and CWU's E'lexis Hollis will represent the GNAC in the 100 meters at the 2024 NCAA Track & Field Championships.
SFU's Marie-Eloise Leclair and CWU's E'lexis Hollis will represent the GNAC in the 100 meters at the 2024 NCAA Track & Field Championships.

Tuesday, May 14, 2024
by Evan O'Kelly, Assistant Commissioner For Communications

INDIANAPOLIS – A total of 19 men and women from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference, who will be competing in 22 total events, earned spots in the 2024 NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships as the field was announced on Tuesday.

The event is set for May 23-25 at Welch Stadium in Emporia, Kansas, with competitors from seven different GNAC institutions making the cut. A total of 12 women will compete in 15 events, and a total of seven men will each compete in one event to represent the conference. The NCAA Championships will be streamed live online here, and live results will be available online here.

Simon Fraser led the way with four women’s entries – two apiece for standouts Marie-Eloise Leclair and Megan Roxby. Leclair will compete for an NCAA title in the 100 meters, where she holds the nation’s third-best time of 11.19 seconds. The junior also ranks eighth nationally in the 200 meters with a time of 23.21 seconds. Roxby meanwhile ranks fourth in Division II in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:20.02, and checked in at No. 10 on the national performance list in the 800 meters with a time of 2:08.48.

Also competing in the women’s 100 meters will be Central Washington junior E’lexis Hollis, whose top time this spring of 11.35 seconds ranked her 10th in Division II.

Western Washington will send three women to the NCAA Championships in Marian Ledesma (800 meters), Ila Davis (steeple chase) and Ashley Reeck (steeple chase). Ledesma ranks 16th in Division II with an 800 meters time of 2:08.94, and is fresh off her second straight GNAC title in the event. Davis ran the conference’s second-fastest steeple chase in 10:11.97, and is ranked fifth nationally. Reeck will join her teammate in the race, entering the championship meet ranked No. 18 with a time of 10:34.38.

Emy Ntekpere of CWU, the GNAC Indoor Freshman of the Year, will represent her school in the high jump after recording the No. 20 mark in Division II at 5’ 7.75” (1.72 meters). Teammate Lauryn McGough, who broke the GNAC indoor record in the pole vault, earned a spot in that event after clearing 13’ 1.75” (4.01 meters) to rank 14th in Division II.

Northwest Nazarene newcomer Madeline Gebers is the Nighthawk women’s representative headed to Kansas, after ranking No. 21 nationally in the javelin with a throw of 148’ 0” (45.12 meters). Gebers was also an all-conference selection for the NNU women’s basketball team last winter.

GNAC 5,000 meters champion Annika Esvelt will represent Seattle Pacific in the event, entering the national meet ranked No. 11 in Division II with a time of 16:18.94. Esvelt is also the conference’s lone representative in the 10,000 meters, with her season-best time of 33:41.59 ranking fourth in Division II.

Hannah Chang of SPU claimed the GNAC title in the 100-meter hurdles last week in Ellensburg, and is on her way to the NCAA Championships with a 20th-ranked time of 13.88 seconds.

After becoming the first woman in GNAC history to win three straight javelin titles, Western Oregon’s Kaylee Wright is headed to the NCAA Championships. The GNAC Performance of the Meet winner owns the 13th-best mark in Division II at 153’ 3” (46.71 meters).

Alaska Anchorage men’s distance standout Cole Nash claimed a spot in the men’s 5,000 meters, ranking 19th this spring with a time of 13:55.71 at the Stanford Invitational. GNAC Indoor Track & Field Freshman of the Year Joshua Caleb of UAA was selected for the 400 meters, as his time of 46.73 seconds ranked 14th in Division II.

Representing the Central Washington men at the national championships will be cross country All-American Johan Correa, who got himself into the 800 meters with a time of 1:49.71. Correa will be joined by Western Oregon standout freshman Isaiah Rodriguez, whose 800 meters time of 1:49.66 ranked 14th in Division II this spring.

After a GNAC record-breaking performance at the conference meet, Western Washington junior Jeret Gillingham will compete in the steeple chase at the NCAA Championships. Gillingham’s conference-record time of 8:45.40 ranked him fifth in Division II this year.

The Nighthawks will be represented by javelin specialist Laurenz Waldbauer, who notched the fifth-best throw in Division II this year at 232’ 0” (70.71 meters). GNAC javelin champion Jarrett Chong of Simon Fraser will join Waldbauer at the NCAA Championships, after throwing 216’ 11” (66.12 meters) to claim the 11th-best toss in Division II this spring.