Men's Track & Field

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Decker Repeats as NCAA National Championships Qualifier in 800 Meters

Decker Repeats as NCAA National Championships Qualifier in 800 Meters

BABSON PARK, Mass.—Babson College senior John Decker (Parkland, Fla.) was officially selected to compete at the 2018 NCAA Division III Men's Track & Field National Championships on Saturday morning.

The first male in school history to qualify for nationals in consecutive seasons, Decker ranks 10th in Division III in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:51.14 that came at the Long Beach State Invitational back on April 21. The Beavers' only four-time New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) champion, he won the 800 meters for the second year in a row at the league meet on April 28.

Decker had a tremendous national championship debut last May when he won his preliminary heat and then earned the first All-America honor in Babson history with a fourth-place finish in the 800-meter final. A three-time all-region honoree, he set the school record in the event (1:50.48) in last year's prelims and posted a time of 1:51.66 in the finals.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse will host nationals beginning on Thursday. The 800-meter prelims are set for Friday at 6 p.m. ET with the top nine performers advancing to Saturday's 2 p.m. ET final.

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