CLAREMONT, Calif. – Senior hurdler Alex Pawlak represented the Concordia University Wisconsin Track & Field teams on the national stage over the weekend, qualifying for the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championships, which took place at Claremont McKenna College's Burns Stadium.
Pawlak, who was named Northern Athletics Conference Track Athlete of the Meet for the outdoor season, ran in the 400-meter hurdles on Thursday before taking part in the 110-meter hurdles on Friday.
Despite failing to qualify for the finals in either event, Pawlak (Colgate, Wis.) ran well in both races. After ranking 18th nationally in the 400, he moved up to 15th with a preliminary time of 54.45 seconds, before running the 110 in 15.04 seconds, which was good for 18th place.
Kevin Cunningham (McMurray University) won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 51.13 seconds, while Justin Johnson of St. Norbert College took home first place honors in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 13.79 seconds. Johnson's time set a NCAA Division III outdoor record, besting Shannon Flowers mark set in 1993.
This weekend capped off a fantastic collegiate career for Pawlak, who holds the CUW outdoor record in the 400-meter hurdles (53.29), along with setting indoor records in the 110-meter hurdles (14.61), 55-meter hurdles (7.74) and 60-meter hurdles (8.35). He was also a member of the 4x200-meter indoor relay team that set a school record with a time of 1:31.01 in February.
April 14, 2013 Dinner of Champions recognizes athletic greatness
July 25, 2012 Pawlak named USTFCCCA All-Academic
May 19, 2012 Pawlak qualifies for NCAA Tournament in hurdles
April 20, 2012 Men's Track & Field fourth at Cougar Invitational
April 15, 2012 Falcon Track and Field fares well at Benedictine Invite
April 13, 2012 Track & Field to take part in Eagle Invitational on Saturday
March 31, 2012 Concordia Track and Field fares well in Chicago
March 27, 2012 Pawlak is NAC Track Athlete of the Week
March 22, 2012 Track & Field begins outdoor season Friday
March 21, 2012 CUW Track and Field will compete at Emory Invitational
March 11, 2012 2012 NAC Indoor T@F Conference Awards
March 2, 2012 Pawlak, Greefkes compete at NCC Last Chance Qualifier
February 25, 2012 Men’s Track & Field wins NAC Indoor Title
February 24, 2012 Track & Field competes in NAC Indoor Championships on Saturday
February 20, 2012 Men’s Indoor T&F Records
February 18, 2012 Track & Field competes at Eastbay/Pointer Invitational
February 17, 2012 Track & Field travels to Stevens Point Saturday
February 4, 2012 CUW Track & Field competes at Parkside Classic
February 3, 2012 CUW Track & Field travels to UW-Parkside Saturday
January 30, 2012 Savard earns NAC Male Track & Field Athlete of the Week honors
January 28, 2012 Track & Field competes at Tadd Metzger Invitational
January 21, 2012 Greefkes is top men's Track & Field performer at Rocky Rococo Invite
January 20, 2012 Track & Field travels to Whitewater Saturday
January 14, 2012 CUW Track & Field competes at Carthage Private College Invite
January 12, 2012 Season Preview: Track & Field