DELEWARE, Ohio — Marcus Huderle (Eden Prairie, Minn./Eden Prairie) is not ready to hang up his uniform yet. The senior steeplechaser made his second career appearance at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships, posting a time of 9:09.16 during the prelims and earning him one last collegiate race in Saturday’s event final.
Huderle took the lead from the gun to give him the best chance to advance to the finals, and the plan worked.
“He ran one of his best races ever and still saved a little in the tank,” explained head coach Dave Ricks. “So the race was very encouraging. He ran the smoothest race of the athletes in his heat.”
Huderle, who placed 12th at the 2012 national meet, was consistent on Thursday, turning in splits between 72.71 and 74.23 during the middle five laps.
He used a possibly his best closing kick in a steeplechase over the last half-lap and finished fifth in his heat.
Huderle’s time of 9:09.16 is the fastest in the MIAC this year and has only been surpassed in Carleton history by his own 9:06.87 and Dan Bucy's school record time of 9:05.88.
Huderle’s final collegiate race will come early on Saturday afternoon and gives him one final shot at Bucy's school record.
“Marcus has had a great career as the most dominant steepler in Carleton history,” said Ricks. “Dan Bucy had a great career, and we'll see if Marcus can re-write the record book one last time.”