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Sports: DWU track sending three athletes to NAIA nationals

The Dakota Wesleyan track and field team is sending three athletes to the NAIA outdoor track national championships this week in Fresno, Calif. The championships run from Thursday to Saturday at Fresno Pacific University. DWU qualified junior Amy...

The Dakota Wesleyan track and field team is sending three athletes to the NAIA outdoor track national championships this week in Fresno, Calif.

The championships run from Thursday to Saturday at Fresno Pacific University.

DWU qualified junior Amy Price in the javelin, senior Katie Weavill in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and sophomore Brandon Hislop in the 5,000-meter racewalk.

Price and Hislop are both making their second straight trip to nationals.

"All three of these kids have experience in big meets," DWU head track coach Pat Belling said. "I think that will help all of them. They've run against the 20 best kids in the land before so this isn't anything new."

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Price, a junior from Marquette, Neb., enters nationals with the seventh-best throw in the nation at 139-6. That throw is a school record. Last season, she finished in 10th place at the event. The javelin is slated to start at 4 p.m. (PST) Thursday in Fresno.

Belling said it was "totally expected" for Price to qualify for nationals.

"She's been throwing well all year," Belling said. "I had a buddy from the University of South Dakota who has been coming up and working with her about once or twice a week. He's taught her a lot a lot and she's continually gotten better."

Weavill, a senior from Burbank, has the 19th-best time in the steeplechase with an 11:44.47. She holds the school record in the event. The steeplechase trials are set to start at 9:30 p.m. Thursday with the finals set for 4 p.m. Friday. Weavill qualified for the event at the Dakota State Last Chance Meet on May 13 in Madison.

"We're thinking Katie can go out and beat some people in this. There's no reason she shouldn't," Belling said. "She's worked hard on her technique and is ready for this. I know she wants to end her college career the right way."

Hislop, a sophomore from Custer, has a personal-best time of 27:13.00. Headed into nationals, he has the 16th-best time in the event. The racewalk is slated to begin at 4:05 p.m. Friday.

"This is nothing new for Brandon," Belling said. "He's qualified during the indoor season and outdoor season for nationals in this event. He's a very capable guy."

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