(Naperville, Ill.) – Dickinson senior Mason Hepner (Mount Joy, Pa./Manheim Central) had a strong finish in his preliminary heat of the mile at the 2017 NCAA National Championships at North Central College.
He clocked a time of 4:15.77 to advance to the finals on Saturday afternoon, scheduled for 1:10 Central time, 2:00 pm Eastern.
Hepner qualified with a remarkable race at the Ursinus College Final Qualifier, clocking a time of 4:12.80 to break the school record and earn a trip to nationals. He had a great indoor season, breaking three school records in a span of just six days.
Hepner captured Centennial Conference titles in the 800 meters and with the 4x800 meter relay, setting records in both events before adding the mile mark the following Saturday. He was named to the UST&FCCA All-Region team, posting the second-fastest time in the Mideast in the mile.
Senior Adriana Frayne-Reixa (Bethesda, Md./Walt Whitman) turned in an outstanding performance at the Ursinus Final Qualifier as well, knocking almost 10 seconds off her time to earn a spot at nationals in the mile. She crossed the line in 5:01.14 to rank fourth in the Mideast to earn All-Region recognition. Her time ranks her second all-time at Dickinson.
Frayne-Reixa posted a time of 5:10.64 in her preliminary heat on Friday, but would not advance to Saturday's final, facing one of the most competitive event fields at nationals.
The Red Devil women turned in a great overall performance at the Centennial Conference Championships, placing second in the team standings. The captured seven individual titles and the 4x200 relay as head coach Don Nichter received Coach of the Year honors.