Two women’s track members qualify for NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship

The National Collegiate Athletic Association announced on May 17 the individuals who qualified for the 2015 NCAA Division III Women’s Track and Field Championship, and Washington and Lee had two individuals qualify.

Dana Lee, ‘17, will compete in the long jump, while Janey Fugate, ‘15, will participate in the 400m hurdles.

Out of the 22 competitors to qualify in the long jump, Lee has the 13th-best mark at 5.71m (18’08.75”). She registered the leap at the ODAC Championship on April 17. Sophomore Amber Williams of Wisconsin-Platteville has the top mark at 5.97m (19’07.00”).

This is the second consecutive year Lee has advanced to the NCAA Outdoor National Championship. She took seventh in the long jump last season to earn All-America honors, finishing with a leap of 5.59m (18’04.25”). Lee garnered All-America honors earlier this season by claiming eighth in the long jump at the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championship at 5.43m (17’09.75”).

Lee becomes just the second W&L athlete in program history to qualify for four NCAA Women’s Track and Field Championships. Josephine Schaeffer Covington ‘96 also qualified for four.

Fugate has the 10th-fastest time (1:01.82) in the 400m hurdles out of 22 runners. She recorded the W&L and ODAC-record breaking time at the Dr. Keeler Invitational hosted by North Central College on May 8. Senior Sadie Yanckello of Rhodes has the fastest qualifying time at 1:00.90.

This will be Fugate’s second time competing at an NCAA Championship. She also participated in the 400m hurdles in 2013, taking 22nd.

The championship will be held May 21-23 at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y. On Thursday, Lee will compete in the long jump at 5:30 pm, which will consist of the prelims and finals. Fugate will compete in the 400m hurdles prelims on Thursday at 4:20 p.m., and if she advances, the finals will be on Saturday at 3:20 p.m.