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Suffield's Chelsea Bishop Running for National Championship

The track star is ranked 20th nationally and will be competing in the NCAA Division II Track & Field Championships next week.

Stonehill College senior and Suffield resident Chelsea Bishop. Photo: Stonehill College.
Stonehill College senior and Suffield resident Chelsea Bishop. Photo: Stonehill College.

Suffield resident Chelsea Bishop, a member of the Stonehill College women’s track and field team, is headed to the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

Bishop, a senior at Stonehill, has qualified for the 2014 championships to be held May 22-24 in Allendale, MI. This is her first qualification to the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and her second All-America honor this season.

Bishop, who earned All-America honors at the NCAA Division II Cross Country Championships in November, will compete in the 10,000-meter run on Thursday, May 22, at 8:50 p.m. She also provisionally qualified for both the 5,000-meter run (17:14.23/ranked 37th) and 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:14.74/49th).

Bishop posted her season-best time of 35:58.17 to win the Northeast-10 Conference Championship two weeks ago and is ranked 20th nationally.

The Stonehill women’s track and field team captured both the Northeast-10 Conference indoor and outdoor championships this season, marking the first championships in program history, and is currently ranked first in the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Division II East Regional computer rankings, having qualified seven for the NCAA Championships this season. 

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