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Result: 16th of 87 teams -- Donson Cook-Gallardo (All-America: 2nd place in both 1500m and 800m) / Ben Withbroe (10th place in 800m)

Men's Track and Field at NCAA Outdoor Championships

Thursday, May 25th, 2017 – 10:30 a.m. EDT at Geneva, Ohio - SPIRE Institute

Joy and heartache for Knights during NCAA 800-meter prelims

NCAA Championships
NCAA Championships
Photo: D3photography.com

GENEVA, Ohio – The Carleton College men’s track and field team had two runners qualify for the preliminary round of the 800-meter run at the 2017 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships. While junior Donson Cook-Gallardo (Moscow, Idaho/Moscow) advanced to the next round, senior Ben Withbroe (Takoma Park, Md./Albert Einstein) missed making the finals by the slimmest of margins.

The top two finishers in each heat as well as the next three fastest times moved on to Saturday’s final. Both Knights raced in the third of the three very competitive heats.

Cook-Gallardo sprinted off the starting line and to the front of the pack, and Withbroe went with his teammate. After holding off challenges from multiple runners midway through the race, the Carleton duo saw Washington (Mo.) University’s Deko Ricketts move in front with about 200 meters remaining. At the top of the home stretch Babson’s John Decker worked his way into the crucial second spot, leaving the two Knights in third and fourth and now attempting to post times fast enough to advance.

Cook-Gallardo crossed the line at 1:51.48, good for the second of the three “at-large” spots in the finals. Withbroe finished with a time of 1:51.64, but that time was 0.01 seconds behind the mark posted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps runner Joshua Sealand in the previous heat.

Today’s race wrapped up both Withbroe’s first-ever trip to the NCAA Championships and his collegiate career. He earned all-conference recognition five times as a senior, with three of those coming during the outdoor season in the 800-meter run and 4x400 and 4x800 relays.

Cook-Gallardo is in for a busy last day at the NCAA Championships as he qualified for the finals at both the 1500 and 800-meter distances. The two races are set to begin with a 90-minute window. The 1500-meter run starts at 12:35 pm ET, while the starting gun goes off for the 800-meter run at 2:00 p.m. ET.

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