INDIANAPOLIS – Salisbury University sophomore Chelsea Tavik learned on Sunday afternoon that she will get one more chance to compete this season. The Glen Burnie, Md., native received word that she has been invited to compete at the 2011 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships next weekend in Delaware, Ohio.
Tavik qualified for the shot put competition with her top throw of the 2011 outdoor season, covering a distance of 44' 7.5" at the Penn Relays in late April. The distance is a school record, and puts her as the 17th-seeded student-athlete, of 24 invited, in the event.
Tavik will begin her quest toward an individual national championship on Friday night at 7 p.m. This will not be her first championship experience as she qualified for the indoor championships back in March, placing 10th in the shot put.
Teammate Matt McMurdo had posted an NCAA provisional qualifying mark this season in the javelin with his top distance of 195' 0", also at the Penn Relays. The sophomore ranked 24th in the nation in that event, coming up less than a meter shy of qualifying, as the NCAA invited just 19 student-athletes for the men's javelin competition.
Salisbury has claimed five individual track & field national championships, with four coming during the outdoor season. Tavik is vying to be the first female individual national champion in Salisbury University history.