SMSU TRACK AND FIELD: SMSU’s Manteuffel qualifies for NCAA Outdoor Championships, earns all-region honors in discus

Independent file photo SMSU’s Rebecca Manteuffel competes in the shot put during their home meet on May 1.

INDIANAPOLIS – Southwest Minnesota State University sophomore Rebecca Manteuffel has qualified in two events for the upcoming NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships the NCAA announced Tuesday afternoon.

Manteuffel will compete in both the discus and the shot put at the championship which will take place on May 23-25 at Javelina Stadium in Kingsville, Texas. The meet will be hosted by Texas A&M University, Kingsville.

Manteuffel will compete in the discus on Friday, May 24, at 1:30 p.m., while the shot put will be held at 1:15 p.m. on May 25.

It’s the second straight season Manteuffel has qualified in the discus for the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Last season she finished 18th overall with a toss of 42.65m in Charlotte, N.C.

Manteuffel has the sixth best mark in Division II in the discus this season after recording an NCAA auto mark of 52.96m to win the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championship on May 11. She has the 19th best toss in Division II in the shot put at 15.05m earning a second place finish at the NSIC Championship on May 10.

Manteuffel, who became the first SMSU track & field athlete to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championship last year, also qualified for the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championship this past March finished 17th in the weight throw.

All-Region honors

Manteuffel also earned All-Region honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for her performance in the discus during the 2019 outdoor season.

USTFCCCA All-Region accolades are given to athletes who recorded a top-five ranking mark in their region. The Central Region consists of schools from the NSIC, the Great American Conference and the Mid-American Athletic Association.

It’s the second straight season Manteuffel has earned all-region honors in the discus during the outdoor season. She was also named all-region during the 2019 indoor season in the weight throw.

Manteuffel, a native of Cologne, recorded a school record toss of 52.96 meters to capture first place at the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference Championships on May 11 in Duluth. Her NCAA auto toss ranks second in the Central Region and sixth in Division II.

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