Vandalia grad qualifies for NCAA Division III nationals

One of the most well-rounded male track athletes to run at Vandalia Community High School is now a qualifier for the NCAA Division III national championships.

Quenten Austin, a 2012 graduate, will participate in the decathlon at the national level in a meet at Ohio Wesleyan University this Thursday-Saturday.

The sophomore is ranked No. 18 in the decathlon (6,429 points) for No. 20 Carthage College, which is located in Kenosha, Wis.

The decathlon is a grueling 10-event athletic test that will be spread across two days.

Beginning on Thursday at 11:30 p.m. Central time, with the 100-meter dash, and the long jump, shot put, high jump and 400-meter dash will then follow with 30 minutes between each event.

The event concludes on Friday, starting with the 110-meter hurdles at noon Central time, and the discus, pole vault, javelin and 1,500-meter run to follow.

More information about the meet is available at: http://www.battlingbishops.com/sports/2013/10/29/NCAATF_2014.aspx?id=92.

The event will be the final of Austin’s Carthage career, however, as the sophomore will be transferring to Ohio State University to continue his academic career. He studied neuroscience at Carthage.

Vandalia graduate Quenten Austin runs in the 110-meter hurdles for Carthage College. He has qualified for the NCAA championships in the decathlon.

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