Lincoln Runs World’s Fastest TIme in Steeplech
BY ANDRES FOCIL
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Arkansas junior Daniel Lincoln, recorded the fastest steeplechase time in the world this year at the 2002 John McDonnell Invitational. The defending NCAA steeplechase champion finished first with a time of 8:29.16 and in the process easily earned an automatic qualification for the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships by surpassing the qualifying mark by 14 seconds. Lincoln established a large lead in the race as the next fastest competitor finished 34 seconds behind him.
“It felt pretty good, but it was windy and that made it difficult to run,” Daniel Lincoln said. “It’s hard to get a sense of how fast you’re going when you’re by yourself. I realized I went out sort of fast, so I tried to settle down, relax and keep my arms loose. It was a good race and it was faster than I needed to run, so I’m happy.”
The Razorbacks also earned five NCAA provisional qualifying times in front of a hometown crowd.
“Eddie (Jackson) and Michael (Thomas) had good qualifying times in the 110-meter hurdles,” Arkansas head coach John McDonnell said. “Sam Glover did well and Daniel (Lincoln) ran a great race. Alistair Cragg and Chris Mulvaney were also able to qualify. We were able to qualify six guys, so it was a good meet for us. We had some guys who could have run better, but it’s hard to get them all on the same day. They’re in good shape, but they have to do well at the conference meet and at nationals; those are the important days.”
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