Wayne State’s Women’s Indoor Track and Field team traveled to the University of Findlay, Ohio this past weekend to participate in the GLIAC Championship. The team finished in eighth place against 600 NCAA Division II athletes breaking two school records in the process.
Junior Karrington Seals won first place in the 60m hurdles event with a time of 8.51m, the second fastest in school history. Junior Jessie Klutz beat the school's high jump record at 1.69m and placed second in her event. Senior Leah Ellis broke the school record of 56.87 seconds in the 400m dash earning her fourth place.
As of March 1, Seals has earned USTFCCCA All-Region honors for the second year and her time of 8.51 is tied for the sixth fastest in all of NCAA Division II this winter.
WSU entered the GLIAC championship after placing fifth in their last competition against Grand Valley State University on February 11. After that meet, Coach Rondell Ruff said he and the other coaches prepared the athletes by allowing them the opportunity to experience winning and pushing themselves to be better.
“I’m satisfied with the team that we’re taking to the championship meet,” Ruff said. “The number one objective for the competition is to do our best. I believe with the pieces that we added we should finish higher than we did last year.”
Ruff said he was confident because of their consistent season, they will stay on track for a solid championship performance. Ruff’s premonition included Seals winning the indoor 60m hurdles and guaranteeing she would make Division II National Championship in early March. Ruff is half-right so far. View final results from Feb. 25 and 26 here.
The Warriors are waiting to find out who qualifies for NCAA Division II national championships in Alabama, which starts on March 9.