CHARLOTTE, NC – Headlined by a national runner-up finish by Josh Lamers, five members of the University of Mary track & field teams earned All-American honors on the final day of the 2018 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field championships. The Marauders women’s 4×400 meter relay team joined Lamers in earning All-American status.

Seeded tenth entering the weekend, Lamers posted the third-best mark in the preliminaries of the 110 meter hurdles on Friday. In the finals the junior exploded to break his own school record with a time of 13.85 seconds and post the best individual finish ever for the Marauders men’s program at the NCAA championships.

Flawless until the final hurdle, Lamers breezed through the barriers with his best performance at UMary. The Northern Sun champion, who earned three all-conference athlete of the week honors during the indoor and outdoor season, finished just behind Javier Lopez of Texas A&M Kingsville, a senior timed in 13.71 seconds. Justice Burks of Pittsburg State finished third behind Lamers, a transfer from Louisiana State University, with a clocking of 13.89 seconds. No other competitor posted a time under 14.06 seconds.

The Marauders 4×400 meter relay squad of juniors Julia Hammerschmidt and Nicolyn Brown, sophomore Nelecia Richards and freshman Abbey Zastrow finished seventh in the nation with a time of 3:42.74 to garner All-American honors. Just .02 seconds off their season-best mark from yesterday, the Marauders bumped up a slot in the finals after placing eighth in the preliminaries.

Seeded seventh entering the championships, the Marauders held true to form. Running fifth to seventh much of the race, UMary finished just .20 seconds behind Oklahoma Baptist.

Hammerschmidt, Brown and Zastrow previously earned All-American honors in the 4×400 during the NCAA indoor championships in March. Richards, who missed the indoor championship race due to illness, claimed All-American honors for the first time.

Three-time national champion Alexis Zeis ran her final race for the Marauders on Saturday. The senior from Bismarck, ND, finished 14thin the 5000 meter run with a time of 17:13.33. A 13-time All-American during her illustrious UMary career, Zeis also ran on the opening day of the 2018 outdoor championships and placed tenth in the 10,000 meter run to earn second team recognition.

 

 

The UMary men finished 28th in the country with eight points. The Marauders women picked up two points and placed 59th.