5/28/2102 – The NCAA Regionals have concluded with seven athletes from local Division I schools getting a shot at a national championship. The group is headed by defending national titlist Sheila Reid from Villanova who will compete in the 5000 meters. This will be the fourth consecutive appearance by Reid in the national championships. She will be joined by teammate Bogdana Mimic in the 5000 meters.
Villanova heads the local list with five runners competing in five events. Penn and Temple will send an athlete as Maalik Reynolds returns in the high jump for Penn. Travis Mahoney will compete in the 30oo meter Steeplechase for Temple.
Women: Three Wildcats head to the nationals as Reid and Mimic compete in the 5000 meters. Reid finished third in her section with a time of 16:13.47. Mimic, who will also compete in the national championships for the third consecutive year, placing fifth in her section in a time of 16:28.14. The top five finishers in each section moved on the championships. Sherika Ward will make the trip to the finals in the 100 meter hurdles turning in a time of 13.25. Ward finished fifth in her heat. The top three runners advanced automatically with the next three runners advancing on time.
Men: Samuel McEntee will compete in the 1500 meter championships. Finishing third in the second of two heats in the 1500 meters McEntee advances to his first national title round. His time was 3:48.73. Samuel Ellison qualified in the 800 meters running a personal best 1:47.76 for fourth place overall.
Penn: Returning to the national finals will be high jumper Maalik Reynolds. He is one of twelve qualifiers with a jump of 2.19 meters (7′ 2.25″). Reynolds made his first three jumps, then missed on his first try at 2.16 meters. Reynolds cleared the bar on his second attempt. On his final attempt at the qualifying height Reynolds was good on the attempt to move to the championship round.
Temple: Travis Mahoney placed ninth overall running a season-best 8:40.00 in the 3000 meter Steeplechase. Mahoney is the school record holder in this event.
The national championships will take place from June 6 – 9 at Drake University in Des Moines, IA.
Written By: Glenn Papazian