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Garn advances to 1,500 finals at NCAA East Regional Meet
Sophomore is 16th in preliminaries, Hennig is 43rd in women's 400
May 23, 2013Tweet
GREENSBORO, N.C. – Sophomore middle distance runner Jesse Garn has advanced to the final round of the men’s 1,500 at the NCAA East Regional Track & Field Championships on Thursday evening. The three-day meet is being hosted by North Carolina A&T.
Entered in the first of four 12-runner heats, Garn was fourth in a time of 3:50.36. The top five finishers in each heat, plus the next four fastest times, advanced to Saturday’s final round, which starts at 6:45 p.m.
Robby Creese of Penn State won Garn’s heat in a time of 3:49.43. The top overall time in the event was 3:43.33, which was turned in by Jeremy Rae of Notre Dame.
Based on his time and place, Garn finished the preliminary round ranked No. 16 overall. He entered the meet seeded No. 19.
There will be two heats of 12 runners in Saturday’s final round. The top four finishers in each heat, plus the next four fastest times, advance to the NCAA Outdoor Championships, which will be held at Oregon. Also advancing to the NCAA outdoor meet will be the top 12 finishers from the West Regional Meet, which is currently taking placing at Texas.
This marks the second consecutive year Garn has advanced to the finals of an event at the NCAA East Regional Meet. Last year, he posted the seventh-fastest preliminary time in the men’s 800 but settled for 23rd place in the finals.
Also on Thursday, senior sprinter Jessica Hennig was seventh in her heat of the women’s 400 (55.40). She was ranked No. 43 in the final standings. Heading into the meet, Hennig was ranked No. 46. This marked her first time competing at the NCAA East Regional Meet.