3.12.14 WOMEN'S TRACK AND FIELD: Foster Gears Up For National Championships

Women's Track & Field, 2014-03-12

(NORTH CANTON, Ohio) – A total of 540 student-athletes will converge in Winston-Salem, N.C., for the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships this weekend. The number is split equally between men and women, and one of the 270 women is Walsh’s own Stephanie Foster (Sr., Lodi, OH/Cloverleaf) who is a favorite to place in the pole vault. She will be the first Cavalier to compete in a national championship or tournament.

After redshirting a year ago in what would have been her senior season, Foster saved her last year of eligibility for 2014 when the Cavaliers were eligible for the postseason for the first time after making the transition to the NCAA. She qualified for nationals after a vault of 4.00 meters at the Youngstown State Invitational on January 24. That equaled the automatic qualifying mark for the national championships. Student-athletes qualified for the championships by reaching the automatic and provisional standards established for each event throughout the season.

One week later, Foster recorded her college best height of 4.10 meters at the SPIRE Midwest Indoor Track and Field Open in Geneva, Ohio. It’s the penultimate height reached by any woman in Division II this season.

Foster has finished no worse than second against Division II competition this year. That happened only once and occurred during the GLIAC Championships on March 1 and 2 when Grand Valley State’s Kristen Hixson cleared 4.35 meters, the best Division II mark of the year. Overall, only three women have cleared the automatic qualifying mark with the third being Sioux Falls’ Brigitte Gross. A complete list of qualifiers can be found by clicking here.

The women’s pole vault event will take place on Friday, March 14, at 4:25 p.m. The championships will be held March 14 and 15 in at JDL Fast Track. Winston-Salem State University and Visit Winston-Salem will serve as co-hosts of the championships. Portions of the championships will be streamed live on www.NCAA.com.