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Track & field continues competition at NCAA East Regional Meet
Garn places sixth in his heat of 800, Quinn places eighth in his heat of 3,000 Steeplechase
May 25, 2012Tweet
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—Freshman Jesse Garn placed sixth in his heat and 23rd overall in the finals of the 800 at the NCAA East Region Meet on Friday evening. A day after breaking the school record with a time of 1:48.85, he settled for sixth place in his heat with a time of 1:51.60.
The top three finishers in each of the three heats, plus the next three fastest times, advanced to the NCAA Championships, which will be held at Drake University June 6-9. Felix Kifur of Virginia Military Institute won Garn’s heat in a time of 1:47.96. The top overall time of 1:47.31 was turned in by Aaron Evans of Georgia. The lowest time to advance to the NCAA Championships was 1:48.97 and no freshmen were included among the final 12.
“It was a tough day for Jesse after running so fast yesterday,” assistant coach Annette Acuff said. “He used up a lot of energy to run that time in the prelims but I can’t say enough about how far he advanced this year. To be one of the top 30 runners in his event in the East Region as a freshman is amazing.
Senior Adam Quinn was eighth in his heat of the 3,000 Steeplechase with a time of 9:05.48. Overall, Quinn placed a career-best 27th out of 48 runners. The fastest time of 8:37.03 by Ben Torotich of Eastern Kentucky. Quinn was in the third and final heat, which was won by Adam Green of Ohio State in a time of 8:46.86.
There were three heats of 16 runners in the 3,000 Steeplechase. The top three finishers in each heat plus the next three fastest times advanced to the NCAA Championships.
Last year, Quinn placed 34th in the same event at the NCAA East Regional Meet.
Fellow senior Erik van Ingen has the day off before returning to the finals of the 1,500 on Saturday at 6:30 p.m.