NCAA Men's Track & Field Championships
Thursday-Saturday, May 24-26
Roger Herring Stadium— La Crosse, WI
Babson College senior John Decker, who finished fourth in the 800-meter run final last year to become programs first All-American, will compete in the 800-meter run prelims on Friday at 6 p.m. Decker will start in lane three in the third of three heats. The top two from each heat as well as the next three best times will advance to Saturday's final.
BABSON AT THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Even though the Beavers have a brief NCAA Championships history, the program has sent at least one athlete in five of the last six seasons. Marina Capalbo '15 qualified for the 1500-meter run in each of her final three seasons at Babson, while Dominic Esposito '15 qualified and participated in the decathlon three years ago. At last year's national meet Decker raced his way into the finals running a school-record 1:50.48. The senior 800-meter specialist returned the next day to claim fourth-place in the finals to score five points.
WHAT TO KNOW
Decker's time of 1:51.14 set at the Long Beach Invitational on April 21 ranks fourth among regional competitors and 10th nationally entering Friday's race. Decker became the second athlete in program history to record back-to-back NEWMAC titles when he won the 800-meter run at the conference meet on April 28. Decker added to his postseason accolades when he was selected to the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) All-New England team for the second year in a row on Monday.
NUMBERS TO KNOW
The 800-meter stadium record is 1:48.26, while the Division III record of 1:47.56 was set back in 1991.
Should Decker qualify for the 800-meter final he will race at 2:50 p.m. on Saturday.