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Hamilton Posts World’s Quickest Steeple: McManus & Taylor Qualify for NCAAs


May 27, 2023

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Montana State’s Duncan Hamilton ran the World’s quickest time this season in the 3000-meter steeplechase clocking a college and Significant Sky record eight:16.23 on Friday evening at the NCAA Outside West Very first Round in Hornet Stadium. Hamilton’s time is the second quickest collegiate steeplechase in history, second only to Washington State’s Henry Rono who place up a mark of eight:05.40 on May possibly 13, 1978.

Hamilton’s time also qualifies him for the NCAA Championships, June 7-ten in Austin, Texas.

“(MSU Head Coach) Lyle (Weese) created it quite clear that this would be a good chance to run quick,” Hamilton mentioned. “It was the ideal circumstances, operating at sea level with an excellent temperature, all of which encourage you to run quicker. It actually was the very first chance all season to have a race like this.”    

The Bobcats had 3 athletes competing in steeplechase, each and every operating in their personal heat.

Levi Taylor was the very first out for MSU. “Levi got off the line nicely, but then got caught up in visitors,” Weese mentioned. “He had a bit of a position dilemma, but the issue about Levi is that with 600-700-meters left he becomes a fighter and just gutted-out the finish and items went in his favor.”

Taylor, a junior from Laurel who placed ninth at final year’s NCAA Outside Championships, completed fourth in his heat with a season-greatest eight:33.82.

“It was super relieving to run in the very first heat and post a fantastic time,” Taylor mentioned. “I wasn’t as well worried about it (time) not holding.”

The major 3 finishers in each and every heat plus the subsequent 3 quickest instances certified for the NCAA Championships.

Hamilton reduce loose in the second heat as the subsequent competitor completed nearly nine-seconds behind the Bozeman native.

“It is bittersweet,” Hamilton mentioned. “I am a tiny bummed. I was hunting for that eight:15.00 mark. I felt fantastic and sturdy more than the hurdles. Final year we created history with two of us going to nationals, and now we have 3. I adore this sport and it is a lot extra enjoyable with people today by your side.”

Weese was not shocked by Hamilton’s historical work. “Duncan sets higher expectations for himself. It was enjoyable to watch him reduce loose.”

Redshirt-freshman Rob McManus was the final Bobcat to race and had the advantage of watching his teammates place up outstanding instances. “I was a tiny bit worried but knew what I had to do,” McManus mentioned. “I felt like we (heat three) had been placing up a quick time.”

The final heat was not with out drama, even so. With 3 runners ahead of McManus and grabbing the automatic spots, the race came down to the Cashmere, Wash., item, and Utah Valley’s Joel Mendez. Going more than the final water hurdle, Mendez fell, and McManus raced to a fourth-location finish.

“It was quite tiring going more than the final hurdles,” McManus mentioned. “I saw these 3 guys ahead of me and knew what I had to do. I am stoked to get in and I could not be happier to be going to the NCAAs with my teammates. This indicates a lot.”

McManus and Taylor each certified for the NCAA Championships primarily based on time. All round, McManus completed sixth in eight:31.13- a individual record, whilst Taylor placed ninth.

“All round, it was an extremely thrilling day,” Weese mentioned. “It could not have gone any far better. This was 1 of the far better and strongest steeplechase races I’ve noticed.”
Ben Perrin, who certified for his very first NCAA Championships on Wednesday in the ten,000-meters, completed 15th general at 5000-meters on Friday evening, putting eight in the opening heat in a clocking of 13:41.94.
Lucy Corbett will conclude MSU’s keep at the NCAA Outside West Very first Round competing in higher jump, slated to commence at three:30 p.m. (MT) on Saturday afternoon.