Winn, Birger Advance to Finals

By Doug Fitzgerald published May 25, 2006

University of Colorado at Colorado Springs runners Brad Winn and Ashley Birger both qualified for the finals in the 3,000-meter steeplechase Thursday at the NCAA Division II National Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Emporia, Kan.

Winn finished fourth in his heat in the preliminaries of the men's steeplechase by the narrowest of margins. The senior from Pueblo was leading the heat with one lap remaining but faded down the stretch. His time of 9 minutes, 22.294 seconds was 3/1000 of a second better than Grand Valley State's Chris Hammer. Both advanced to Saturday's final, however.

Birger finished fifth in her heat of the women's steeplechase, denying her a berth based on finish. Her time of 11:14.16, though, was better than anyone in the day's other heat so she easily qualified for one of the 12 spots in the finals based on time.

The women's final will be run on Saturday at 5 p.m. with the men's final at 5:15.

The Mountain Lions' other national qualifier, Shannon Payne, also competed on Thursday. The sophomore took 12th in the women's 10,000-meter run with a time of 37:53.72.
 

 

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