Six Owls Set to Participate in NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Outdoor Meet 11: Kennesaw State at 2023 Outdoor National Championships
Date: Wednesday, June 7 – Saturday, June 10
Location: Mike A. Myers Stadium | Austin, Texas
Links: Live Results | Meet Schedule
Live Video: Wednesday | Hammer | Shot Put
Thursday | Hammer | 800m
Friday | Discus | Triple Jump
Saturday |  800m
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The Kennesaw State teams will have a program-high six athletes competing in seven events at the 2023 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The University of Texas will play host to the NCAA Championships from June 7-10 in Austin. The men will compete on June 7 and June 9 while the women compete on June 8 and June 10.
NCAA Outdoor Championships Preview Capsules (By Gender)
Men’s Hammer
Event Schedule: Final Round – Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. ET
KSU Competitor: Isaiah Rogers
Season-Best Mark: 71.90m (235’11”)
The national champion in weight throw will initiate action for the Owls in Austin on Wednesday afternoon. Rogers won the hammer throw at the ASUN Championships with a season-best toss of 71.90m (235’11”). He also finished fifth at the Drake Relays as the only collegiate athlete in the top hammer throw flight. He landed a toss of 71.18m (233’6″) to place second in the hammer throw at the NCAA East Preliminary Championships to qualify for the finals. Rogers joined Daniel Haugh as the only Owls to reach the hammer throw final in school history. Haugh won the national championship in this event for KSU in 2019 in Austin.
Men’s Shot Put
Event Schedule: Final Round – Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. ET
KSU Competitors: Courtney Lawrence and Isaiah Rogers
Season-Best Mark: Lawrence | 19.57m (64’2.5″) | Rogers | 18.75m (61’6.25″)
This event will feature the most Owls of any event at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Lawrence won the ASUN title, established a school record and set a conference championship record with his toss of 19.54m in Jacksonville four weeks ago. Lawrence landed a personal-best toss of 19.57m and Rogers added his personal-best of 18.75m to finish fifth and 12th in the NCAA East Regionals and advance to the finals. KSU’s best finish in this event is 20th by Josh McNair at the 2011 championships. Liberty’s Kyle Mitchell owns the best conference finish at 14th in 2021.   
Men’s Discus Throw
Event Schedule: Final Round – Friday at 8:35 p.m. ET
KSU Competitor: Anthony Harrison
Season-Best Mark: 59.25m (194’5″)
Harrison had three of the five longest throws in program history at the ASUN Championship. His winning mark of 59.25m (194’5″) set a KSU school record and ASUN Championship record.  He will be joined in the field by Liberty’s Kevin Nedrick. The two went toe-to-toe in Jacksonville at the ASUN Championship with Harrison taking the title on his final throw. Harrison landed a toss of 56.30m (184’8″) to finish 10th in the men’s discus to become the first Owl to qualify for the finals at the NCAA Championships. Nedrick owns the ASUN’s best finish in this event at 14th in 2022.
Men’s Triple Jump
Event Schedule: Final Round – Friday at 9:10 p.m.
KSU Competitor: Kelvin Campbell
Season-Best Mark: 16.06m (52’8.25″)
Campbell landed a mark of 15.88m (52’1.25″) to win the gold medal at the ASUN Championship. That mark established a conference championship record and ranks third in program history. On his final jump at regionals, Campbell landed a mark of 16.06m (52’8.25″) to qualify for the finals in Austin. His mark ranked No. 2 in school history. Campbell joins Andre Dorsey as the only two Owls to reach the finals in this event. Dorsey placed 14th in this event in 2013.
Women’s Hammer
Event Schedule: First Round – Thursday at 10 a.m.
KSU Competitor: Kali Terza
Season-Best Mark: 64.33m (211’1″)
Terza rewrote the school record book in the hammer throw in 2023. In March, she made history becoming the first Owl with a throw over 60m. She then went on to record 17 throws over 60m including a toss of 64.33m (211’1″) to establish a school record at the UNF East Coast Relays. She won the gold medal at the ASUN Championship establishing a new conference record with a toss of 61.02m (200’2) She qualified for the finals with a mark of 64.11m (210’4″) at NCAA East Preliminary round. Terza is the first member of an ASUN institution to compete in the finals of the hammer throw at the NCAA Championships.
Women’s 800m
Event Schedule: Semifinals– Thursday at 10:14 p.m. ET | Finals – Saturday at 10:14 p.m.
KSU Competitor: Sarah Hendrick
Season-Best Mark: 2:01.93
Hendrick is making her sixth consecutive NCAA Championship appearance. She is one of five athletes to qualify for the women’s 800 at both indoor and outdoor nationals in both 2022 and 2023. She is one of two athletes to qualify at both indoor and outdoor nationals in 2021, 2022 and 2023.  She picked up a pair of wins in the 800m and 1500m at the ASUN Championship. She qualified for the semifinals with a time of 2:03.95. She has reached the 800m final in five consecutive NCAA Championships and will look to make it six. She is the only athlete to earn All-America honors in the women’s 800m at each of the last five NCAA championships, going back to 2021 indoor.
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