AU’s Emily Paull heads to NCAA Division III Track and Field National Championships

Emily-Paull-2For the second time in her first season at Aurora University, junior Emily Paull will be headed to a Division III National Championship.

The NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee announced the qualifiers for the 2014 Division III Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships earlier this week. Paull qualified in the women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:50.75, which is the 15th best time in 2014 entering the championships. She set her AU and Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference record at the Millikin University Big Blue Invitational on April 18.

“This year has been a remarkable one for women’s track and field. After winning the conference meet by over 200 points and setting new school records at the last chance meets, it only seems fitting to be at the national meet with Emily Paull,” said head coach Ryan Chapman. While we’ve had conference and regional success for years, Emily is the first female competitor for AU at the NCAA finals. Watching her race the steeple is a reminder of what grace and beauty mark our sport. It’s always a humbling thing to see goals and aspirations met.”

This past fall Paull finished 134th out of 280 runners in the 2013 NCAA Division III Women’s Cross Country Championships. She became the first Spartan cross country runner in the program’s history to compete in the NCAA Championships and finished the race with a time of 22:49.3.

In order to be eligible to participate in the championships, individuals must qualify in their respective event(s) throughout the 2014 outdoor season. For each women’s individual event contested, including the heptathlon, the top 22 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition.

Ohio Wesleyan University will host the championships on Thursday, May 22 through Saturday, May 24, 2014 in Delaware, Ohio. The women’s 3,000 meter steeplechase will take place on Thursday beginning at 4:30 p.m. (EST).