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Jones, Rynard qualify for NCAA DIII Championship finals at indoor nationals

Jones, Rynard qualify for NCAA DIII Championship finals at indoor nationals
BOSTON -- Texas Lutheran's Darren Jones (Waller/Waller) and Ashley Rynard (Temple/Temple) will race Saturday for NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field National Championships in the men's 60-meter dash and the women's 800, respectively, after qualification in the preliminary rounds Friday at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center.

Jones, Rynard and TLU shot put stand-out Garrett Garza (Round Rock/Stony Point) all will be in action Saturday in Boston, and all three have expectations for high finishes in the championship finals.

Jones races at 1:20 p.m. central / 2:20 p.m. easter in the men's 60. Garza competes in the men's shot put, starting at 2:15 p.m. central / 3:15 p.m. eastern. Rynard takes to the track in the 800 at 2:55 p.m. central / 3:55 p.m. eastern.

Jones takes the fourth-fastest time into the eight-man final. Rynard brings the third-fastest time into the eight-woman final. Garza has the fifth-best shot put toss in DIII entering the shot put final.

In the 60's first prelim Friday, Jones hit the line with a school-record time of 6.84 seconds. The three heat winners automatically moved to the Saturday final. The next five fastest times also advanced to the final.

Jones won his heat by .01 over Josh Koenecke of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Koenecke also qualified for Saturday's final.

Jones will be in lane 3 for the championship final. The final will take place at 1:20 p.m. central / 2:20 p.m. eastern.

Rynard will be one of eight women vying for the NCAA DIII's 800 crown. She posted the third-fastest time of the preliminary round with a 2:13.06. She will start in lane 1 for the final.

Rynard finished third in her Friday preliminary round, but she was in the fast heat, which included top qualifiers Phoebe Aguiar of Macalester and Ayden Eickhoff of Bates.

Both Jones, Rynard and Garza competed in the 2018 NCAA DIII Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Jones was an All-American with TLU's national runner-up 4x100 relay, and Rynard finished ninth in the 800 (one spot out of All-America designation).

Event 2 Men 60 M - Prelims
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 3 heats; advance winner plus next 5 best to final.                      
          CR: $  6.68  3/15/2014   Thurgood Dennis, Wis.-Eau Claire      
    Comp#  Name                Year School                 Prelims  H#      
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Preliminaries                                                            
  1 #797 Kai Cole             FR Wesley                    6.77Q  2      
  2 #540 Davonta Womack       SR Bridgewater (Va.)         6.81Q  3 6.802
  3 #758 Darren Jones         JR Texas Lutheran            6.84Q  1      
  4 #531 Calvin Jordan        JR Benedictine (Ill.)        6.81q  2 6.801
  5 #827 Josh Koenecke        SO Wis.-La Crosse            6.85q  1 6.843
  6 #823 Seth Holden          SO Wis.-La Crosse            6.85q  3 6.844
  7 #846 Robert Ogbuli        SO Wis.-Oshkosh              6.88q  2      
  8 #900 Aleigh McIntyre      SO Medgar Evers              6.89q  1      
  9 #735 Ian Clough           SO St. Lawrence              6.90   2 6.891
 10 #512 Randolph Fry         SR Adrian                    6.90   2 6.899
 11 #747 Dereck Davis         SO Stevenson                 6.91   3 6.902
 11 #796 Jacob Ridenhour      SO Webster                   6.91   1 6.902
 13 #721 Cameron Dobbins      SR Rutgers-Camden            6.91   3 6.904
 14 #689 Tyler O'Bryant       SR Oneonta                   6.91   3 6.907
 15 #532 DeVonte Wilson       SR Benedictine (Ill.)        6.92   3 6.915
 16 #586 Justin Percival      JR Farmingdale St.           6.92   3 6.918
 17 #608 Hayden Snow          JR John Carroll              6.93   1      
 18 #800 Jaevon Hardy         SR Westminster (Pa.)         6.94   1 6.934
 19 #523 Michael Johnson      JR Augustana (Ill.)          6.94   2 6.935
 20 #703 Darren Petty         SR Randolph                  6.94   1 6.938
 21 #588 Kenny May            SR George Fox                7.05   2      
Event 7  Women 800 M - Prelims
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 3 Heats. Advance top 2 from each heat plus next best 2 to final               
 Double Waterfall (Prelim: 4-3 & 4-2; Final: 5-3)                              
 Two-turn stagger                                                              
   CR Banked: $ 2:06.53  3/10/2018   Emily Richards, Ohio Norther              
    Comp#  Name                Year School                 Prelims  H#            
===================================================================            
Preliminaries                                                                  
  1 #  232 Phoebe Aguiar      SR Macalester             2:10.85Q  2            
       30.870 (30.870)       1:03.936 (33.066)       1:38.056 (34.121)         
     2:10.848 (32.792)                                                         
  2 #  111 Kelly Brennan      JR Baldwin Wallace        2:13.81Q  3            
       32.714 (32.714)       1:07.207 (34.493)       1:40.556 (33.350)         
     2:13.805 (33.250)                                                         
  3 #  236 Esther Seeland     FR Messiah                2:16.02Q  1            
       33.878 (33.878)       1:11.686 (37.809)       1:43.288 (31.603)         
     2:16.018 (32.730)                                                         
  4 #  115 Ayden Eickhoff     SR Bates                  2:11.80Q  2            
       32.049 (32.049)       1:04.944 (32.895)       1:39.090 (34.147)         
     2:11.797 (32.708)                                                         
  5 #  428 Anna Passannante   JR Williams               2:13.85Q  3            
       32.750 (32.750)       1:07.170 (34.420)       1:40.839 (33.669)         
     2:13.849 (33.010)                                                         
  6 #  480 Sydney Packard     JR WPI                    2:17.53Q  1            
       34.007 (34.007)                1:11.994                1:43.389         
     2:17.528 (34.139)                                                         
  7 #  368 Ashley Rynard      JR Texas Lutheran         2:13.06q  2            
       31.221 (31.221)       1:04.194 (32.973)       1:38.425 (34.231)         
     2:13.055 (34.630)                                                         
  8 #  261 Bailey Tregoning   SR MIT                    2:13.54q  2            
       31.752 (31.752)       1:04.673 (32.921)       1:38.764 (34.091)         
     2:13.536 (34.772)                                                         
  9 #  241 Cassidy Kearney    FR Middlebury             2:14.04   3            
       33.087 (33.087)       1:07.534 (34.448)       1:41.070 (33.537)         
     2:14.040 (32.970)                                                         
 10 #  465 Johanna Meister    JR Wis.-Platteville       2:14.89   3            
       32.907 (32.907)       1:07.463 (34.557)       1:41.727 (34.264)         
     2:14.890 (33.163)                                                         
 11 #  380 Kaitlyn Van Baale  FR U. of Chicago          2:15.49   2            
       31.596 (31.596)       1:04.601 (33.006)       1:39.367 (34.767)         
     2:15.486 (36.120)                                                         
 12 #  281 Avery Ewing        SR Ohio Northern          2:16.96   3            
       33.438 (33.438)       1:07.928 (34.490)       1:42.391 (34.464)         
     2:16.952 (34.561)                                                         
 13 #  198 Mary Lundin        SR Hamilton               2:17.11   3            
       33.096 (33.096)       1:07.420 (34.325)       1:41.744 (34.324)         
     2:17.102 (35.359)                                                         
 14 #  361 Kathleen Jaeger    SR TCNJ                   2:17.41   2            
       31.836 (31.836)       1:04.781 (32.945)       1:39.504 (34.723)         
     2:17.406 (37.902)                                                         
 15 #  246 Meg Wilson         JR Middlebury             2:17.69   2            
       32.506 (32.506)       1:06.007 (33.502)       1:41.357 (35.350)         
     2:17.686 (36.329)                                                         
 16 #  262 Carly Danoski      JR Moravian               2:17.84   1            
       34.104 (34.104)       1:12.053 (37.950)       1:44.972 (32.920)         
     2:17.837 (32.865)                                                         
 17 #  302 Margaret McCaffer  SR RIC                    2:18.48   1            
       33.843 (33.843)       1:11.944 (38.101)       1:44.411 (32.468)         
     2:18.472 (34.061)                                                         
 18 #  248 Mackenzie Dixon    SO Millikin               2:20.53   3            
       32.920 (32.920)       1:07.754 (34.834)       1:43.308 (35.554)         
     2:20.528 (37.220)                                                         
 -- #  205 Sarah Rudge        JR Ithaca                      FS   1            
 -- #  260 Margaret Trautner  JR MIT                         DQ   1 Rule 5-5.2a
       34.178 (34.178)       1:11.498 (37.321)       1:43.168 (31.670)         
     2:22.374 (39.207)