Indianapolis - St. Thomas Aquinas' St. Jacob Diodonet and Robert Wesleyan's Chelsea Hayward will compete in the NCAA Division II Indoor Track & Field Championship, the NCAA announced on Tuesday afternoon. This marks the third straight year both Diodonet and Hayward have been selected to compete in the NCAA Indoor Championship.
Diodonet will take part in the 200m and 400m dash events. This is his third straight year in the 400m but is making his debut in the 200m. Diodonet enters the 200m as the No. 13 seed with a time of 21.44 at the Boston University Last Chance Qualifier. In the 400m, he is seeded 18th with a time of 47.98. In his past two appearances in the 400m at the National Championship meet, Diodonet has finished 12th and 13th, respectively, with times of 48.28 (2016) and 48.15 (2017). By competing in two events, Diodonet is the first in program history to accomplish the feat.
Hayward is competing in the 200m dash for the third straight year and is looking to earn All-America status for the second straight season. In 2017, Hayward finished fourth in the event in a time of 24.01. This year she enters the National Championship as the No. 6 seed with a time of 24.25 at the SPIRE Midwest Indoor Track & Field Open.
Diodonet and Hayward will head to the Robert W. Plaster Center in Pittsburg, Kansas on March 9-10 to compete in the championship. Live video and results will be available on www.ncaa.com.