INDIANAPOLIS – The NCAA announced its participants for the 2017 Indoor Track & Field Championships on Monday and Salisbury University senior Meghan McGowan and junior Eric Halton each learned they had earned an invitation.
McGowan will compete in the women's high jump while Halton will contend in the men's 400-meter dash at the championships hosted by North Central College in Naperville, Illinois.
McGowan will be the third-seeded student-athlete in the high jump, having cleared a height of 5' 8.5" at the Capital Athletic Conference championships last month. This will be her fourth championship appearance overall, and her third at the indoor championships all in the high jump, where her top finish was a fifth-place showing in 2015.
Halton just made the field in the 400-meter event, as the 15th-seeded runner of 15 competing in the event, with his top time of 49.21 seconds coming at the Roanoke Last Chance Qualifier this past Saturday. Halton will also be making his fourth NCAA championship appearance and his second at the indoor event, but it will be his first time as an individual. Halton's previous three qualifications have come in the 4x400-meter relay, including a national championship last March in that event.
Halton's preliminary race will take place on Friday, March 10 at 3:20 p.m., Eastern Time, with the finals being held the next day at 3:15 p.m., Eastern Time. The women's high jump will take place on Saturday, March 11, beginning at 2 p.m., Eastern Time.