May 29, 1998
NOTRE DAME, Ind. — Notre Dame seniors Errol Williams and Jason Rexing and sophomore Alison Klemmer have qualified for the 1998 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships June 3-9, in Buffalo, N.Y. Williams will run the 110-meter hurdles while Rexing and Klemmer both qualified for the 10,000 meters.
Williams, who won the 110-meter hurdles at both the BIG EAST CHampionships and Drake Relays, enters the field of 19 with the fourth fastest and a school-record time of 13.65. He will be making his third appearance in the 110-meter hurdles at the NCAA outdoor championships after advancing to the semifinals in 1995 and 1997. Williams ran in the 55-meter hurdles in the 1998 NCAA indoor championships where he was named an All-American as he placed eighth.
Rexing, winner in the 5,000 meters and second in the 10,000 meters at the BIG EAST outdoor championship, will run in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA championships for the third straight year after placing 13th in both 1996 and 1997. He ran 29:05.83 this season to qualify with the 10th best time of the 19 runners in the race. Rexing’s participation in the 10,000 meters will mark the fourth straight a Notre Dame runners has run in the race.
Klemmer will be making her first appearance in the NCAA championships and will follow Kristi Kramer in 1995 as the second woman from Notre Dame to run in the 10,000 meters. Klemmer, who finished third in the 10,000 at the BIG EAST championships, ran a school-record 35:01.25 this season for the 14th fastest time in the 22 runner field.
Williams recently won the men’s BIG EAST/Target Scholar-Athlete of the Year and will receive $4,000 to be applied to graduate studies. Williams joins Irish basketball player Pat Garrity who named the BIG EAST/Target Basketball Scholar-Athlete of the Year in March and former women’s soccer standout Jen Renola who won the women’s BIG EAST Scholar-Athlete of the Year award in 1997.
Williams and Rexing also have been chosen as GTE/CoSIDA Men’s Spring At-Large Academic All-District selections and advance to the national ballot where they are eligible for GTE/CoSIDA Men’s Spring At-Large Academic All-America honors. Rexing was a third team Academic All-American in 1997.