Janae Allen will compete in the discus event after finishing 11th in the NCAA East Regionals.
“It feels great and I feel blessed to be here,” Allen said. “I didn’t think I’d make it this far but I did and hopefully it will get better.”
The senior is poised to put cap off her collegiate career with on the grandest stage but she does admit that there are a few nervous moments.
“I’m very nervous because this is my first time,” Allen said. “But I’m getting a lot of support from a lot of people telling me what to expect, so hopefully it will all go away when I get up there.”
Joining Allen on the trip to Eugene are members of the Demon 4x100 meter relay team: Hanoj Carter, Kendal Taylor, Justin Walker and Gabriel White. While each of the relay members will have an opportunity to showcase the program, Walker will have an additional chance thanks to qualifying in the 100 meters.
With five participants competing this far into the season, there is hope that all five can continue the tradition of the program.
“Northwestern’s had a very long run at the national championships and it’s a good program,” NSU track and field coach Mike Heimerman said. “We’ve had kids at the national meet all of the time and it’s something that you can’t take for granted because it always doesn’t happen, but it just shows the hard work of the athletes and their coaches that we’re just as good as anybody else.”