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EL alum Hunter Watkins heads to the NCAA Division II track and field championships for the third straight year.

Mansfield University senior Hunter Watkins, a standout athlete from Elk Lake, has qualified in the javelin for the 2019 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track and Field Championships hosted by Texas A&M University-Kingsville from May 23-25.

It marks the third consecutive season that Watkins has qualified for the national meet.

Watkins set a school record in the javelin at the Bucknell Team Challenge on April 20 with a huge PR of 67.48 meters. The mark broke a 13-year old school record in the event that was set by Jeremy Confer in 2006.

Watkins’ throw currently stands as the best in the Atlantic Region and the fifth best in Division II.

He is seeded fifth in a javelin field of 19 student-athletes and one of four athletes from the PSAC competing in the javelin at nationals.

As one of just five freshmen in the field, Watkins captured Second Team All-American honors with a 12th place finish at the 2017 NCAA Championships in Bradenton, Fla. In his return to nationals in 2018, Watkins finished 14th overall at the championships held in Charlotte, N.C.

Watkins has earned All-PSAC status in all three outdoor seasons he competed in, after registering conference runner-up finishes in 2017 and 2019 and a PSAC title in 2018. He is also a three-time All-Atlantic Region honoree in the event.