Winn, Harmer earn provisional qualifying times

By Doug Fitzgerald published May 15, 2006

In the world of track and field, meets help just prior to nationals are often referred to as "last chance" meets since they offer elite runners one final opportunity to earn or improve upon their national qualifying times.

It would appear the Mountain Lions know how to take advantage of last chances.

Brad Winn and David Harmer both scored provisional national qualifying times at the Emporia State Twilight Meet Saturday at Emporia, Kan. The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs athletes will find out later this week if the marks will hold up and earn them a return trip to Emporia for the NCAA Division II National Outdoor Track & Field Championships on May 25-27.

"Our athletic director gave us an opportunity to go to this meet even though it wasn't originally scheduled and our kids really took advantage," said UCCS coach Graeme Badger.

Winn ran the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 9 minutes, 15.39 seconds to not only put him 16th on the national performance list, but also establish a new UCCS record for the event. Winn eclipsed his own school record by nearly four seconds.

Harmer fended off over 50 runners in four heats to take an impressive fifth place in the 800-meter run. His time of 1:52.50 was the second-best mark in school history and put him 24th on the national qualifying list.

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