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Result: 38th of 67 teams // Matt Wilkinson - All-America (6th place) in 5000m / Lucas Mueller - All-America (6th place) in 3000m

Men's Track and Field at NCAA Indoor Championships

Friday, March 8th, 2019 – 3000m prelims (Fri.) / 5000m finals (Fri.) / 3000m finals (Sat. 4:55 p.m. ET) at Boston, Mass. - Reggie Lewis Center

Trio of Knights headed to NCAA Indoor Championships

(L to R) Lucas Mueller, Matthew Wilkinson, and Tris Dodge
(L to R) Lucas Mueller, Matthew Wilkinson, and Tris Dodge
Photo: Nathan Klok

BOSTON – Sophomores Lucas Mueller (St. Paul, Minn./Nova Classical Academy) and Matt Wilkinson (Minnetonka, Minn./Minnetonka) along with senior Tris Dodge (Oakland, Calif./College Prep) are headed to the 2019 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships. This year’s national competition will be held on March 8-9 at Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston.

NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championships Information
March 8-9, 2019 — Boston, Mass.
Live results
NCAA Championships website

The trio of distance runners comprise the largest indoor national championships contingent for the Carleton College men’s track and field program since at least 2002.

Mueller and Dodge will race in the 3000-meter event. Two prelim (semi-final) heats will be contested on Friday, with the top four runners from each heat plus the four next-best times advancing to Saturday’s finals. Wilkinson will take part in the timed final for the 5000-meter run on Friday evening.

For each men’s individual event contested, the top 20 declared student-athletes were accepted into the competition.

Both Mueller and Wilkinson were comfortably inside the top 20 after the final weekend of the season, so their spots at the national championships were not in doubt. The former will be seeded seventh (8:19.96), while the latter is seeded ninth (14:29.62).

Dodge’s selection was a pleasant surprise for the Knights. His track-adjusted time (8:23.57) from last weekend’s NCAA Qualifier meet in Waverly, Iowa, ranked him 33rd on the national performance list. However, the addition in 2019 of a semi-final round for the 3000-meter run changed the field selections as it became more difficult to run multiple distance events. Several runners were forced to choose between the mile, 3K, 5K, and distance medley events. That permitted Dodge to move up 13 spots on the declarations list and claim the last of the 20 spots in the 3000-meter run.

All three Carleton runners have experience competing on the national stage, having raced at the NCAA Cross Country Championships multiple times. However, Mueller is the only one of the three to have run at the NCAA Track Championships before. He was ninth in the indoor 3000-meter race last year, missing All-America status by 0.8 second.