GULF SHORES, Ala. — Following multiple appeals by Dakota Wesleyan University, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletes (NAIA) National Coordinating Committee announced Tuesday that senior Kamberlyn Lamer, of Hartford, will be allowed to compete in the heptathlon at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships.

The decision by the National Coordinating Committee reversed previous denied appeals by the NAIA Games Committee, and the National Administrative Council (NAC). The appeal process began after DWU staff missed the four-hour registration window for the heptathlon event, primarily due to a technological error with the coach’s spam filter. DWU administration worked tirelessly to submit a thorough appeal, evidence and framework for exception. Ultimately, the NAIA and its leadership stood by their student-centered values and announced that Lamer could compete.

Lamer is the national leader in the heptathlon, scoring of 5,017 points at the conference meet, breaking the Great Plains Athletic Conference record for the event. She will also compete in the 100-meter hurdles, where she ranks 10th in the NAIA; the long jump, which she ranks sixth nationally; the javelin throw, where she ranks sixth; and in the triple jump, where she ranks 15th in the country.

The heptathlon kicks off the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at 10:30 a.m., Thursday, May 23, in Gulf Shores, Ala., with the 100-meter hurdles, high jump, shot put and the 200-meter dash.

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