Athletics

Weir and Tank get the opportunity to compete at prestigious NCAA Championships

CITY of Plymouth athletes Victoria Weir and Poppy Tank have both secured the chance to compete at the prestigious NCAA Division One Cross Country Championships in America next week.

The televised event will take place at Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Monday, March 15, and will feature the top 31 college teams and 38 selected individuals.

Weir, who finished sixth at West Coast Conference Championships, will head to Oklahoma with her Portland Pilots team-mates.

Portland got their chance of a third at-large team bid at the national event by taking runners-up spot at the West Coast Conference event.

Utah student Tank, meanwhile, has secured one of the 38 individual places after finishing sixth at the Pac-12 Cross Country Championships at the weekend.

Tank has competed at the national event twice before as part of the Utah squad, but this will be the first time she has been selected for an individual place after her university missed out on a team slot. She becomes only the 10th Utah athlete to gain a spot as an individual and first since 2013.

“Very excited and proud of Poppy,” said Utah head coach Kyle Kepler. “She returns to the NCAA Championships after a second-consecutive first-team All-Pac-12 performance.

“She’s running as well and consistent as she ever has in her career. Her goals for next Monday are very high and certainly well within reach reflected by the way she’s run against some of the best competition in the country this year.”

Meanwhile, Tavistock’s Tess Masselink has also been in good form in the delayed and shortened American collegiate cross country season.

The College of Charleston athlete broke a 10-year-old school record in the 6k at the CAA Cross Country Championships in Winnabow, North Carolina, on Friday.

Masselink clocked 20:37.6 to finish 13th and make the all-conference team for the third time in her career.

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