INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Sophomores Karen Blake and Kiana Herold of the Amherst College women's track & field team qualified to compete in the 2015 NCAA Division III Women's Outdoor Championships May 21-23 at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y.
For each women's individual event contested, including the heptathlon, the top 22 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition. For each relay event contested, the top 16 declared relay teams, one per institution, were accepted into the competition.
Amherst is making its 15th overall appearance in the outdoor championships, and earned its fourth straight berth since 2012. Blake and Herold are also making their fourth consecutive appearance in the NCAA championship qualified for both the indoor and outdoor events as first-years and this year as sophomores.
Blake qualified in both the 200-meter dash and the 100-meter dash, while Herold is slated to compete in the high jump.
Blake is seeded 12th of 22 in the 200-meter dash with a qualifying mark of 24.61, and 21st of 22 in the 100-meter sprint with a time of 12.07. Both qualifying times were established during the 2015 NESCAC Outdoor Championships. Blake competed in both events during the 2014 outdoor championships, and clocked a time of 12.13 to earn 14th place in the 100-meter dash, and secured a time of 24.71 in the 200-meter dash to nab 15th place overall.
During the 2014 indoor championships, Blake turned in a ninth place mark in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.24, and added a 12th place finish in the 60-meter dash during the 2015 indoor championships.
Herold enters the 2015 outdoor championships in a three-way tie for the sixth seed in the field of 22 student-athletes with a qualifying mark of 1.72 meters which she staked at the Wesleyan Swanson Classic. In the 2014 outdoor championships, Herold placed eighth with a jump of 1.70 meters.
She also qualified for the indoor championships in both 2014 and 2015 in the high jump, and recorded a mark of 1.69 meters during both events to finish seventh last season, and third this past March.