Lincoln Qualifies for Finals at NCAA Champions
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BATON ROUGE, La. – Defending NCAA Steeplechase Champion junior Daniel Lincoln qualified for the finals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase on the first day of competition at the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Baton Rouge, La.
“I felt pretty good out there,” Lincoln said. “I was just concentrating on getting some hurdle practice for Friday and qualifying for finals. We started out quick in the beginning so the pace worked out well.”
Lincoln finished first in his heat and first overall with a time of 8:36.50. Lincoln will run in the finals on Friday, May 31 at 8:45 p.m. At the McDonnell Invitational he ran the fastest time by an American this year in the event (8:29.16).
“He (Lincoln) ran real nice,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “He was well within himself and saved some energy for Friday. He’s in the finals and that’s the main thing.”
In the 800 meters sophomore Robbie Stevens started out fast and ended up finishing fifth in his heat and 14th overall. He missed qualifying for the finals with a time of 1:49.05. Stevens had finished fifth at the SEC Championships on May 12 with a provisional qualifying time of 1:47.76.
Arkansas will begin competition tomorrow with junior Eddie Jackson and sophomore Michael Thomas in the prelims of the 110-meter hurdles at 6 p.m. Sophomore Chris Mulvaney will run in the prelims of the 1,500 meters at 7:40 p.m., and freshman Jason Sandfort will compete in the 10,000-meter run at 9:15 p.m.
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