Trinity Track & Field Standouts Finish In Top 20 At NCAA Championships

Trinity Track & Field Standouts Finish In Top 20 At NCAA Championships

(Story courtesy of Trinity University)

LA CROSSE, Wis. - Trinity Tigers Justin Campbell and Vanessa Moreno competed in the NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships Thursday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, and both finished in the top 20 in their respective events.

Campbell , a recent Trinity graduate, placed 13th (of 20 competitors) in the men's discus event, with a throw of 49.14 meters (161-03). Moreno was 18th in the women's 10,000 meters. She ran the event in 37:41.52.

In 2009, Campbell earned All-America honors with a third-place NCAA finish (50.18 meters, 164.58 feet) in the discus. He was Trinity's top men's points earner at last month's Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Track & Field Championships. In addition to the discus title, Campbell won the hammer throw and shot put for the conference champion Tigers, who hosted the meet.

Moreno was instrumental in helping the Tiger women capture the SCAC Track and Field champions, by winning the 1,500 and 5,000 meter events. Last fall, Moreno won the SCAC Women's Cross Country Championship, and was named conference Cross Country Runner of the Year. Trinity's men and women won their first-ever cross country team titles, and advanced to the NCAAs.

Junior George Warren will represent Trinity in Friday's men's high jump competition. Warren won the SCAC high jump title, with a mark of 2.00 meters (6.56 feet), and was a member of the champion 4x400-meter relay team.

The Trinity coaches were named the SCAC Track and Field Staff of the Year. Both Tiger teams are led by first year Head Coach Marcus Whitehead. Other members of the coaching staff are Derick Lawrence (also head men's and women's cross country coach), Thomas Dimitri, Emily Daum, Joe Meno, Greg Roberts, and Todd Wildman.

The Tiger men's and women's teams won the SCAC Championships by record margins (136.5 points and 277 points, respectively).