June 19, 2017--Mount St. Mary's graduates Kelly Yanucil and Tom FitzSimons will be competing at the 2017 USATF Outdoor Track and Field Championships this week. Yanucil qualified in the javelin while FitzSimons will be competing in the decathlon. The meet will be held at Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium on June 22-25.
Yanucil, who graduated from the Mount in May, earned her spot at the USATF Championships with a mark of 51.75m (169' 9") when she won the javelin at the Penn Relays. Yanucil's throw at the Penn Relays broke her own school record of 51.07m (167' 6") that was set at the 2016 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, where she was named Second Team All-America honors after advancing to the finals and finishing in ninth place. Yanucil made her third consecutive appearance in the NCAA East Preliminary in May.
FitzSimons, a 2011 graduate at the Mount, earned Second Team All-America honors at Mount St. Mary's after finishing in 13th place in the decathlon at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. He earned honorable mention All-America honors the previous season after a 19th-place finish in the decathlon. FitzSimons qualified for the USATF Championships by winning the decathlon at the 5th annual Sam Adams Combined Events Invitational on April 1-2, 2016, with a score of 7,576 points.