MEDFORD – Seniors Josh Etkind, Henry Hintermeister and Benji Wallace will close their Tufts University track & field careers by competing at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships next week (May 23-25) in Geneva, Ohio.
Etkind will run in the 110-meter hurdles, with preliminaries on Friday at 2:30 pm EST and the final on Saturday at 1 pm. Hintermeiser is in the javelin throw at NCAA's, with the prelims and final being held at 5:15 pm Thursday. Wallace qualified in the pole vault, where a straight final will take place Saturday at noon.
All three Jumbos hit their 2019 outdoor qualifying marks at the New England Intercollegiate Amateur Athletic Association Championships hosted by Southern Connecticut State University on May 10-11. Etkind ran 14.54 in the 110 hurdles, the 16th ranked time out of 20 entries in the NCAA meet. Wallace's career-best 15'11 ¼" (4.86m) vault is 13th on the NCAA performance list (20 total qualifiers). Hintermeister is the top-ranked Jumbo heading into NCAA's at #5 with his career-best 202'11" (61.85m) javelin, which also has 20 entries.
This is the fifth NCAA berth for Etkind and his third straight outdoors. He was an All-American (seventh place) in the 110-meter hurdles outdoors in 2017, running his school-record 14.37 in the preliminaries and 14.50 in the final. Hintermeister is in the NCAA javelin throw field for the third year in a row. He is seeking his first career All-American honor, with his best finish being 17th last year (186'2" – 56.75m). Wallace had entered the 2019 season with a 15'5" (4.70m) career-best, but then improved that twice during the spring with a 15'9" (4.80m) and then the 15'11 ¾" (4.86m) national qualifying effort. He's in the NCAA's for the first time.
The NCAA meet is being held next Thursday through Saturday at the SPIRE Institute with the University of Mount Union and the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission as hosts.