NCAA Championships

At University of Nebraska, March 14th 2014


Full Results

400 Matt Melton 49.23 12th place

DMR 10:01.19 9th place

Relay Splits:

Romey Sklar 1200 3:06.8

Matt Melton 400 49.1

Brent Harrison 800 1:53.7

Greg Turissini 1600 4:11.5


Meet Recap:

The indoor season came to a close in Lincoln, Nebraska at the NCAA DIII Championships. All season long, it seemed like there was not much that could beat Matt Melton, or at least slow him down but then - in the final week of the season - along came the plague that has wreaked havoc on the team in the past few weeks, and that seemed to be his kryptonite. Running in lane 5, in the first section of the 400, he got out well but did not look his normal self as he rolled into the 2nd lap back in 3rd place and where he would normally make his move and run away from those around him, he just seemed like he was unable to generate much and finished in 49.23 - 3rd in his section, and finishing 12th overall. Despite the struggles in the 400, he was able to find a bit of a rally later in the DMR. Romey Sklar got out well, and in fact led the the first 4 laps of the opening leg as he went through the 400 in 61.5 then slowed things up as they went through in 2:05.8 and he fought over the last 2 laps, handing off in 8-9th in a 3:06.8 carry. Matt put aside his cold and the early effort in the 400 and moved through the field, up into 5th with his 49.1 400 leg, handing off to Brent in a crowded cluster of runners finishing and others starting. Brent went right the group in front of him, and his opening 400 was 53.6 but the contact was made and he was locked into a great race and handed off to Greg in 4-5th place with his 1:53.7 leg. Central College had opened a big lead, with Wisconsin Stevens Point also a big gap ahead in the 2nd place position but Greg went right with Haverford's anchor leg in pursuit of glory. After an opening 400 of 59.3, the gap started to close on the 2nd place runner, and coming through the 800 in 2:02.5 he had moved into 3rd place just off of the Haverford runner. At the 1200, he split 3:06.7 and was still looking strong in 3rd place but the early pace started to take its toll, and in the final lap, the pack had moved back towards him and despite a 4:11 anchor leg, the guys would finish in 9th place running 10:01.19. There was no question of the heart the guys showed, or that they left everything on the track and while a bummer to not have grabbed one of the All-American spots, they went for it and with 3 of the 4 returning next year, maybe it will be a different result? For now, we take a short break before we return for the outdoor season.