Southern Maine's Even Earns Bid to NCAA Championship
GORHAM, Maine – Senior Tim Even (Stoneham, Maine/Fryeburg Academy) and University of Southern Maine Huskies' men's outdoor track and field coach Scott Hutchinson were on the receiving end of an unexpected phone call that yielded a selection to the NCAA Division III National Championship meet for Even.
"I got the phone call last night from the NCAA and one of the runner's in the selected field had scratched," said Hutchinson. "Timmy was next on the list so needless to say both he and I are excited to head out to California."
Even will be in the field for the 1500-meter run. This will be his first trip to the NCAA Division III Outdoor National Championship. Even, the Southern Maine school-record holder in the event, qualified for the championship with a time of three minutes, 51.12 seconds at the 2012 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Championship this past weekend.
Even's time in the 1500-meter run bettered his previous record breaking performance of 3:53.17 set at the NCAA New England Division III Championship. At the time, Even's finish at the NCAA New England Division III Championship snapped a six-year-old Husky mark of 3:56.10.
Even is joining three members of the USM women's outdoor track and field team, junior Molly Carl (York, Maine), senior Bethany Dumas (Augusta, Maine/Cony) and freshman Hannah Wiley (Arundel, Maine/Thornton Academy), at the 2012 NCAA Division III National Championships (May 24-26) hosted by Claremont McKenna-Harvey Mudd-Scripps Colleges in Claremont, Calif.
Even will compete in the preliminary round race in the 1500-meter run on Thursday (7:45 p.m. EST). The finals for the event are on Saturday (7:00 p.m. EST).