Track & Field Outdoor National Championship Preview
Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Track & Field Outdoor National Championship Preview
Cumberland is set to compete in the NAIA National Championships starting tomorrow. (Photos were taken by Reily Rogers)

LEBANON, Tenn.-- Cumberland men's and women's track and field teams are set to begin the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships tomorrow in Gulf Shores, Alabama. 

The NAIA announced the full list of qualifiers to the Championships last week with ten men and five women for the Phoenix eyeing opportunities at claiming the top spot in their events.

For the men, Sibanda Dumoluhle, Joel Barlow, Tobi Oniyide, Georget Pontillo, Luke Freeman, Denis Kiplagat, Will Marsh, Jaylen Poole, Ethan Rhoden, and Trevon Sanders are set to compete across seven events. 

Dumolhuhle has qualified for the triple jump with the best distance in the country. He earned the nation's best mark of 15.35m at the Kennesaw State Invitational.

Jaylen Poole has also qualified in the triple jump with the seventh-best mark of the year at 14.86m in a second-place finish at the Mid-South Conference Championships. 

The triple jump finals will take place on Friday at 1:30 p.m.

Trevon Sanders will enter the championship with the sixth-best time in the 800m. He took first place in the event at the Kennesaw State Invitational with a time of 1:50.61s.

Georget Pontillo has also qualified in the 800m run with the seventh-best time of the year. He ran the 800m in 1:50.64s at the Lee University Last Chance Meet. 

The 800m run trials will be held at 3:50 p.m. Thursday with the finals being held on Friday at 5:00 p.m. 

Tobi Oniyide qualified for the 100-meter dash. He had the best qualifying time at the Mid-South Conference Championships with a time of 10.55s for the 25th best time of the season. 

The 100m dash semifinals will be Thursday at 4:40 p.m. and the finals will be Friday at 4:00 p.m.

Ethan Rhoden qualified for the marathon in a first-place finish at the Shelby Forest Loop Half Marathon. Rhoden holds the sixth-fastest time in the event at 1:11:24.00. 

Joel Barlow also qualified for the marathon with a time of 1:14:12.00. The marathon finals will take place at 6:00 a.m. Friday morning.

Denis Kiplagat has qualified for the 3000m steeplechase with the 17th fastest time of 9:26.13s.

The steeplechase finals will be held on Friday at 2:20 p.m.

The men's 4x800m relay team consisting of Freeman, Pontillo, Kiplagat, Marsh, and Sanders qualified with the 23rd best time in the country of 7:46.38s.

The 4x800m relay semifinals will be Wednesday at 7:35 p.m. and the finals will be Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

For the women, Praise Idamadudu has qualified for the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash. She was named the USTFCCCA South Region Track Athlete of the Year. Idamadudu enters the Championships with the fastest times in the country for the 200-meter dash and the 400-meter dash.

The 200m semifinals will be her first event on Wednesday at 6:00 p.m. The 400m semis will be Thursday at 5:00 p.m. Both finals will take place on Friday, 400m at 4:30 p.m., and the 200m at 5:10 p.m.

Alana Mack has qualified for the long jump with a distance of 5.67m. She will compete in the long jump finals at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Sasha Petrova will enter the championships with the ninth-best time of 1:26:37.00 in the women's marathon. The marathon finals will take place at 6:00 a.m. Friday morning.

Elise Krone has also qualified for the marathon with a mark of 1:28:32.00 in a third-place finish at the Shelby Forest Loop Half Marathon.

Daveina Watson qualified for the women's shot put. She enters with the 17th best distance of 13.55m in the event.

The finals for the shot put will be Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

Championship ceremonies will take place at 6:50 p.m. on Friday.