May 24-26, 2012
On Memorial Day weekend 2012, two Lord Jeff men – senior captain Ben Scheetz and junior Patrick Grimes – headed out west to sunny Southern California to compete in the NCAA championship meet. On Thursday, the first heat of the trial round of the 1500m run saw Grimes lead the pack by a formidable gap for nearly the entire race. In the last 100m of the race, however, the work Grimes had done to lead caught up with him. The pack approach and overtook Grimes, who ultimately finished fifth in his heat and narrowly missed advancing to finals. The following evening, senior Scheetz ran his fastest time in the 800 of the 2012 outdoor season to finish second in his heat and secure a spot in the Saturday afternoon’s finals, where he would place seventh, capping his final year of collegiate competition with an all-American performance.