Oilers Sending 5 to National Championship

Oilers Sending 5 to National Championship

The University of Findlay track and field program will be sending five individuals to the 2019 NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championship, which is slated to be held on March 9-10 in Pittsburg, Kan.

The group of competitors will be led by a pair of throwers in seniors Eldred Henry and Austin Combs. Both standout athletes will compete in the shot put and weight throw for the Oilers.

Henry holds the top mark in the nation in the shot put at 20.61 meters, which is a NCAA Division II record. He was recently tabbed the Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) Field Athlete of the Meet at the championship event. The throw, which won him a conference title, also blew away the Oilers school record and set a new league record as well.

In the weight throw, Henry is ranked 16th at 19.78 meters.

Combs meanwhile will look to defend his national title that he won last year in the weight throw. Combs is currently ranked second in the nation in the event with a mark of 21.71 meters and has earned All-American honors in the event three times during his career. He has also won two straight conference titles in the event.

Combs is also ranked 12th among all NCAA Division II qualifiers in the shot put at 17.93 meters. He earned All-American accolades in the event last year as well.

Freshman Xavier Marable will head to his first championship meet and will be seeded fifth in the 400-meter dash at 47.11. Marable set a new school record in the event at the conference championship and was voted the Freshman of the Meet.

Sophomore Martin Etsey will head to the national championship as the second-seeded triple jumper. Etsey recorded a mark of 15.66 meters in the event earlier this season and will be looking for his first indoor All-American award at the championship event.

On the women's side, junior Semoy Hemmings qualified in the 400-meter dash with a time of 55.13 at the G-MAC Championship. Hemmings has won the league title in the event in each of the past two years and will be looking for her first indoor All-American award this season.

NCAA DII Indoor Track & Field Championships