(Seguin) - Texas Lutheran sprinter Marquis Brown is headed to the 2017 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships this weekend in Naperville, Ill. He will compete in the men's 400-meter dash.
On Tuesday, Brown was named an All-South/Southeast Region honoree for the 2017 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field season in the 200 and the 400.
Brown, a junior for the Bulldogs, will compete Friday in the 2017 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships. The Friday preliminary rounds of the 400 start at 2:20 p.m. central.
"I'm just focused on the race and how to run it," said Brown. "I'm trying to focus on how I ran it in Washington and basically do the same thing."
"For indoors, I have to worry about the sharp turns. I need to relax and not go out too fast in the first 200."
The two-time Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Track Athlete of the Year, Brown set a new school indoor record in the 400 meters during a race at the University of Washington's Husky Classic on Feb. 11. He posted a time of 47.85 seconds.
When Brown's time of 47.85 seconds is converted for NCAA seeding purposes (because of the banking and track oval differences in indoor track and field venues across the country), his qualification time for the national meet stands at 48.62 seconds - third-fastest in NCAA Division III.
If Brown reaches the 400 final on Saturday, the race will begin at 2:15 p.m. central. The top eight finishers claim NCAA Division III All-America honors.
The national championship meet takes place in Naperville, Ill., at North Central College's Al B. Carius Track.
"Basically, I need to do what I have been doing," said Brown. "I need to relax, not tense up and stay focused."
North Central College will have live video and live stats for the national meet.
Brown will be making his first indoor national championship appearance. He qualified for the outdoor national championship meet in 2016 and finished 11th in the 400.
Brown is the first Bulldog to reach the indoor national championship. The TLU Men's Indoor/Outdoor Track & Field program is in its third year of existence.
Ethan Valentine, a junior from Calvin, is the 400's top seed at 48.13. Ross Denman of Wisconsin-La Crosse is the two-seed at 48.57.
All 15 competitors in the national championship 400 field are separated by just over one second in time.
"Marquis is looking very strong," said Darlene Holland, TLU's head coach for men's and women's indoor/outdoor track and field. "He had a great meet outdoors a couple of weeks ago at Trinity with a 46.3 anchor leg on the 4x400 relay. He is sharp and ready to race."