Saturday, March 10, 2012

Sam McEntee Comes 4th in Tight NCAA Mile Title Run

Sam McEntee closed fast over the final 400 meters to come from 7th to 4th, finishing a mere one-quarter of a second behind the NCAA indoor champion Chris O'Hare of Tulsa. McEntee (above photo, far left) was caught in traffic on the rail with 500 meters to go, and was only able to strike for home with 400 meters remaining. He had the fastest closing 400 time (54.95) of any of the competitors, but ran out of track to catch the remaining three runners. If the race had been 20 meters longer, he may have had enough space to surge to the lead. McEntee, only a sophomore, earns his first All-American certificate.

NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships
Finals - Mile

1) Chris O'Hare                    Tulsa                    4:01.66
2) Rich Peters                     Boston University        4:01.78
3) Miles Batty                     BYU                      4:01.86
4) Samuel McEntee                  Villanova                4:01.91
5) Andrew Bayer                    Indiana                  4:02.13
6) Peter Callahan                  Princeton                4:02.66
7) Erik van Ingen                  Binghamton               4:02.70
8) Raul Botezan                    Oklahoma State           4:02.90
9) David McCarthy                  Providence               4:04.05
10) Kirubel Erassa                 Oklahoma State           4:04.36
11) Robby Creese                   Penn State               4:11.45

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