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Result: Donson Cook-Gallardo - 3rd in mile run (All-American)

Men's Track and Field at NCAA Indoor Championships

Friday, March 9th, 2018 – Fri. - 2:35 p.m. (prelims - mile) / Sat. - 2:50 p.m. (finals-mile); 4:30 p.m. (finals - 3000m) at Birmingham, Ala. - Birmingham CrossPlex

Donson Cook-Gallardo is All-American in the mile; Lucas Mueller ninth in 3000m

Donson Cook-Gallardo
Donson Cook-Gallardo
Photo: David Huffman

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Donson Cook-Gallardo (Sr./Moscow, Idaho/Moscow) turned in his sixth career All-America performance as he placed third in the mile run at the 2018 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships. Teammate Lucas Mueller (Fy./St. Paul, Minn./Nova Classical Academy) narrowly missed a spot on the podium after taking ninth in the 3000-meter race.

Cook-Gallardo, who qualified for the event finals by 0.001 second on Friday, clocked a time of 4:11.76 on Saturday and matched his placement in this event at last year’s national championships. Jeremy Hernandez of Ramapao pulled away from the field early and went on to win the race in a D-III Championships record-setting time of 4:05.95.

Cook-Gallardo joins Dan Casper (9) and Mac Test (6) as the only members of the Carleton men’s track and field program to earn at least five All-America awards in the track and field. Cook-Gallardo’s sixth national award came at the 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championships.

Mueller was the only underclassmen in the 15-runner field. He set the pace early and held the lead for the first half of the race. He crossed the finish line at 8:23.42, which was 12 seconds faster than his winning time at the MIAC Championships in February.

Dylan Gearinger of Haverford College was first to finish, posting a time of 8:16.77.

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FRIDAY PRELIMS RECAP

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For Carleton College senior Donson Cook-Gallardo (Moscow, Idaho/Moscow) photo finishes at the NCAA Championships has become a regular occurrence. This time around, it worked to his benefit as he secured a spot in the finals of the indoor mile run by a 0.001 second margin.

Cook-Gallardo placed second in the 800-meter run at the 2017 outdoor national meet by 0.01 second, but today’s race was even tighter.

The preliminary round of the mile run consisted of two heats totaling 15 runners. Ten runners—the top three finishers from each heat plus next four best times overall—advanced to Saturday’s event final.

Cook-Gallardo ran in the first heat during prelims and posted a time of 4:13.878, edging Joe Zack of UW-Oshkosh who crossed the line at 4:13.879. At the time no one knew that the second heat would run faster and that all four “at-large” spots in the finals would go to runners in the second heat. That meant that Cook-Gallardo claimed the first heat’s last automatic entry in the finals by the slimmest of margins.

Cook-Galalrdo will take the track for the finals at 2:50 p.m. (CST) on Saturday. Teammate Lucas Mueller (Fy./St. Paul, Minn./Nova Classical Academy) races the 3000-meter run at 4:30 p.m.

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