May 23rd, 2018

Gawarecki to run in NCAA Track and Field championships

Adam Pruiett

Bellarmine University Assistant S.I.D

Gawarecki to run in NCAA Track and Field championships
Karly Gawarecki is a Holy Cross alum / photo provided by Bellarmine

The DII NCAA Outdoor Championships will unfold Thursday through Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina and, as is customary, the Bellarmine University women will have a strong presence at the premier meet.

Five Knights secured invitations to nationals, which will be hosted by Johnson C. Smith University and take place at the Irwin Belk Complex. Those individuals include senior Erin Crone in the 5000, senior Amanda Schnabel in the 400 hurdles, senior Sarah Schuster in the 800, junior Karly Gawarecki in the 10000 and junior Yashira Rhymer-Stuart in the high jump.

Schnabel and Gawarecki are set to compete Thursday night. Schnabel's 400 hurdles preliminaries are slated for 7:55 p.m. (ET) while Gawarecki's 10000 finals are scheduled for 8:50 p.m.

Rhymer-Stuart's high jump finals are penciled in for 5:45 p.m. Friday. Also Friday, Schuster's 800 preliminaries are slated for 6:20 p.m.

If Schuster and/or Schnabel secure the requisite top 8 finish that lands them in the finals, the 800 is scheduled for 5:15 p.m. Saturday and the 400 hurdles is set for 5:40 p.m. Crone's 5000 finals are the meet's second-to-last event and will fire off at 6:35 p.m.

Crone, Rhymer-Stuart, Schnabel and Schuster each received All-Midwest Region acknowledgement in the events they're competing in at the NCAA Championships, with Crone and Schnabel also capturing GLVC titles. Rhymer-Stuart earned All-GLVC notice in the high jump after placing second. Gawarecki was named GLVC Track Athlete of the Week for the performance at the Mt. SAC Relays that has landed her at the NCAA Championships.

The top 8 finishers in each event reap first-team All-America accolades. The 9-12 finishers in the individual events are bestowed second-team All-America laurels.

Rhymer-Stuart is seeking her fourth All-America award in the high jump. She's earned two in the indoor season, including first-team acknowledgement this year. Rhymer-Stuart tied for ninth at last season's NCAA Outdoor Championships.

Schuster was a second-team All-America in the indoor season after placing 11th in the 800. Schnabel brought in a first-team All-America accolade in the indoor season as a member of the 4x400 relay team.


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