Five University of Colorado track and field student-athletes have been accepted into the NCAA Indoor Track and Field National Championships that will take place March 8-9 in Birmingham, Ala.
Three women and a pair of men will represent the Buffaloes at the championships. For the women, Gabby Scott will compete in the 400-meter dash, while Tabor Scholl will compete in the mile and Makena Morley with race in the 3,000 and 5,000. The men attending will be Joe Klecker in the 3,000 and 5,000 and John Dressel in the 5,000.
Colorado enters the national championships with three marks in the top-eight in the nation. Scott dropped her personal best by nearly another second in the 400 to move from 18th to sixth in the nation. She will be the first athlete on the track for CU when she runs in the semifinals of the 400 at 5:27 p.m. (MT). The other marks inside the top-eight in the nation belong to Klecker who ran the fastest indoor 3,000 in the state at 8:01 to put himself fourth on the list after altitude conversion. He is also fifth in the 5,000 after setting a school record at 13;35.
Following the 400 prelims, Morley will begin her first event with the women’s 5,000 finals at 7:07 p.m. (MT). Right after that at 7:27 p.m. (MT) both Klecker and Dressel will compete in the men’s 5,000 finals to conclude the first day of competition. Starting Saturday at 3:10 p.m. (MT), Scholl will be in the women’s mile final. She will be followed by Scott in the finals of the 400 at 3:50 p.m. (MT), then the meet will conclude with Klecker and Morley in the 3,000 Saturday evening. Morley’s race begins at 5:10 p.m., followed immediately by the men’s race at 5:25 p.m.