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BLOOMINGTON - Illinois Wesleyan star Melissa Harden provisionally qualified for the NCAA Division III national indoor track and field championships in four events Saturday in her final home meet, the Titan Open at Shirk Center.

Harden clocked 8.51 seconds in the 55-meter hurdles, triple jumped a winning 37 feet, 1 inch, long jumped 17-10¼ for second and helped her 1,600 relay team run 3:59.91 in second. Joining her on the relay were Rachel Anderson, Brooke Halcott and Emily Willenbring.

Former University High School star Chandra Golden, competing unattached and running on an exhibition basis, clocked 8.50 in the hurdles.

The IWU women won their 11-team division with 89 points while the IWU men placed third among 13 teams with 55.1. The Central College men won with 77.

IWU's Anderson won the 400 in an automatic NCAA qualifying time of 56.69, which ranks No. 1 in the nation. Eureka's Abby Heinold of Olivet Nazarene was fourth in the 400 (59.41) and fifth in the pole vault (9-9).

Titans Molly May and Courtney Walrath were winners in the high jump (5-1) and pole vault (11-7¾), respectively. Walrath provisionally qualified with her school record mark. Dale Marshall of IWU was second in the triple jump (33-6¾) and Kristy Lehan fourth (32-10¼).

The IWU men saw Matt Harden clock a school record and provisional qualifying 6.39 to win the 55 ahead of teammate Segun Olopo (6.48). Harden also helped the 1,600 relay (3:23.25) team of Mike Nicoletti, Nick Burge and Bryan Timm win. Harden clocked 50.43 for second in the 400.

IWU's Azizuddin Rose was second in the 200 (22.89). Teammate Jon Blome was third in the pole vault (14-3¼).

Former Tri-Valley star Kasey Carr of Olivet Nazarene was fifth in the mile in a personal best of 4:27.28. Ex-Blue Ridge athlete James Lytel of Greenville took third in the shot put (45-7¼).

Compiled by Randy Sharer


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