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TACOMA, Wash. - The NCAA released its declared competitors for the 2017 NCAA Division III Track & Field Championships on Saturday with Pacific Lutheran University student-athletes Machaela Graddy and Brad Hodkinson both punching a ticket to the event. Graddy qualifies for the first time in her career in the javelin while Hodkinson makes his debut at the outdoor championships as well after qualifying in the 10,000-meters.
"We're excited for Brad and Machaela to represent PLU and our team at the national championships," said first year Head Coach Adam Frye. "They've worked hard to earn this opportunity to compete against the best in NCAA DIII. Brad and Machaela are ready to perform well and compete like Lutes on Thursday!"
Graddy secures a bid to the championship field after finishing runner-up at the Northwest Conference Championships on April 22 with a career best toss of 135 feet, four inches. The junior's throw currently ranks 22nd on the Division III performance list heading into the national championships. Graddy is no stranger to competing on a national stage, playing in the NCAA Division III Championships this fall as a member of the Lute women's soccer team.
Hodkinson is making his first trip to nationals on the track after qualifying and earning All-American honors in the fall during the cross country season. The sophomore will toe the line in the 10,000-meters, after clocking a season-best time of 30 minutes, 23.02 seconds, at the Erik Anderson Memorial Icebreaker to open up the outdoor season on March 4. Hodkinson, who was named NWC Runner of the Year after winning conference titles in the 1,500-meters, 5,000-meters, and 10K, currently owns the 16th fastest time in Division III in the 10K.
The 2017 NCAA Division III Championships get underway on May 25 in Geneva, Ohio. Both Graddy and Hodkinson will compete on day one of the championships with the women's javelin slated for 3 p.m. (Eastern Time) while the 10,000-meters is set for 10:45 a.m. (Eastern Time).