2017 NCAA Div II Indoor Preview
Four PNG Athletes head to Birmingham Alabama this weekend for the NCAA Division Two National Indoor Track and Field Championships. Rellie Kaputin is having a sensational record breaking season for West Texas A&M University and heads the National Rankings in both Long Jump and Triple Jump. She will also be hoping for a podium finish (top eight placing) in the high jump. Another PNG athlete making waves is 20 year old sprinter/hurdler Afure Adah representing Minnesota State University Mankato. Adah, who represented PNG in the 100m hurdles and 4*400m relay at the 2015 Pacific Games has shown significant improvement this year and is ranked 5th in the 200m sprint going into the Championships.
Adrine Monagi and Peniel Richard will be representing Angelo State University at the Championships. Monagi will contest the 5 event indoor pentathlon which consists of the 60m hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump and 800m. She goes into the Championships ranked ninth but with less than 200 points between her and the third ranked athlete the event is wide open. “Adrine’s big improvements in the hurdles and shot put this year together with the knowledge that she can mix it with the best in the jumps will give her confidence going into this meet” said APNG President Tony Green. National Record holder in the triple jump Peniel Richard will be hoping to improve on his excellent 15.22m jump two weeks ago and possibly improve on his National record of 15.35m set outdoors last year.