In collegiate sports, there is no greater honor than to compete in the NCAA championship. Such an opportunity does not come often, and those who have the chance to experience it would say that it’s unlike anything they have ever done.
The 2013 Division III NCAA Track and Field championship in LaCrosse, Wis., is May 23-25, and senior Carmen Graves and freshman Alexis Janney are representing Roanoke College there this year.
Watch them compete live in the race preliminaries on Friday via the NCAA website. Janney’s 400-meter race starts at 5:50 p.m. CT, while Graves will race the 800 meters at 7:10 p.m. CT.
Graves is no stranger to the NCAA meet, where this month she makes her fourth and final appearance. She has won many awards during her college career, including being named a four-time All American. Last month, she won ODAC championship titles in the 800, 1500 and triple jump, and she was the anchor leg of the winning 4 X 400 relay team.
Graves of Christiansburg also was the 2013 U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association South/Southeast Region Indoor Track Athlete of the Year. She has broken records and set standards for future runners.
Joining Graves at the national track meet is newcomer Janney, who was this year’s ODAC champion in the 100, 200 and 400 meters, and she anchored the winning 4 X 100 relay team.
â€œIt feels honestly overwhelming,â€ Janney said about her first NCAA appearance. â€œ I can’t wait to represent Roanoke and run the best that I can and get as many points as I can.â€
Janney of Salem is seeded 11th in the 400 for national meet. In the future, she said she looks forward to â€œreturning to the NCAAs, winning ODACs again and sharing the wins together as a team.â€
Cheer on Graves and Janney as they represent the Maroons at the national level.
-By Kaci Frick ’15