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Emerson in NCAA field

Billy Emerson (c) 2019 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Billy Emerson (c) 2019 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The NCAA has announced the field for the 2019 Division III men's and women's outdoor track and field championship to be held at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio on May 23-25 and McDaniel senior Billy Emerson (Germantown, Md./Watkins Mills) is among those invited.

Emerson earned the invitation in the shot put after posting a career-best throw of 16.26 meters (53-4 ¼) to win the ECAC championship on May 16.

It is Emerson's first trip to the NCAA championship meet. He is the first Green Terror men's outdoor track and field athlete to attend the national meet since Broderick Maybank was an All-American in long jump and triple jump in 2006. He is the first Green Terror thrower to attend since Carl VanTobel won the javelin in 1996 and first in the shot put since 1973.

Emerson had not broken 15.00 meters this spring after doing it five times during the indoor season. On Thursday, he uncorked his first-ever 16.00-meter throw to improve on his third-place all-time ranking in program history. He stands as the only American in program history to break 15 meters. He ranks third in Centennial Conference history.

Emerson enters the NCAA championship with the 18th-ranked throw. With a total of 20 competitors, the preliminaries will be contested at 11:30 a.m. on Friday with the top nine advancing to the finals immediately following the two flights. The top eight finishers earn All-America status.