MEDFORD – Four members of the 2018 Tufts University men's outdoor track & field team will travel to LaCrosse, Wisconsin next week to compete at the NCAA Division III Championship meet.
Seniors Stefan Duvivier and Drew DiMaiti lead the group which also includes juniors Josh Etkind and Henry Hintermeister. The NCAA meet is being hosted by the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse May 24-26 at Roger Harring Stadium at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex.
DiMaiti will be the first Jumbo in action on Thursday (May 24) when he competes in the 400-meter hurdles at 4 p.m. ET. Duvivier is entered in a straight final for the high jump on Friday (May 25) at 12 noon ET, while Hintermeister has the javelin prelims and final at the same time. Etkind is in the field for the 110-meter hurdles preliminaries on Friday at 4:10 pm ET.
The final for the 110 hurdles is Saturday at 1:50 p.m. ET and for the 400 hurdles it's 3:15 ET Saturday.
Duvivier won the NCAA indoor high jump title back in March with a remarkable 7'2 ½" (2.20m) height. He qualified nationally for the fourth time overall this spring with a 6'10 ¼" (2.09m) season-best at the Open New England Championships on May 11. That's 10th among the 20 national qualifiers. He was third in the event at NCAA Outdoors last season.
DiMaiti is seeded 13th in the 400-meter hurdles field with a time of 52.95 seconds from the Point Loma Invitational in California on March 24. He's the most experienced Jumbo among this Nationals group making his fifth appearance indoors and outdoors combined. He's seeking his first individual All-American award after earning the honors with the distance medley relay this past March and with the 2015 indoor 4x4. This is the third straight year DiMaiti has qualified in the outdoor 400h.
Etkind finished the 110-hurdles in 14.52 seconds at the NESCAC Championships on April 28 for the 17th-best mark in the country this season. This is his third NCAA trip, second outdoors. He finished eighth in the 110-meter hurdles final with a school-record time of 12.37 seconds last May.
Hintermeister's 198'4" (60.45m) javelin throw, a school record, got in as the 19th seed for next week's NCAA Outdoor meet. He is in the NCAA javelin throw field for the second year in a row.
The Jumbos have placed among the top 20 teams at the past two NCAA Outdoor meets. They tied for 16th last May and were tied for 15th in 2016.
(LaCrosse, Wisconsin is Central Time Zone. Times have been converted to Eastern for the purpose of this release)