Calvin - Valentine Advances to 400 Meter Finals at NCAA III Outdoor Track and Field Championships
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CANTON, NY- Freshman mid-distance runner Ethan Valentine (Mason, OH/William Mason HS) competed Friday in the preliminaries of the 400 meter dash at the NCAA III Track and Field Championships in Canton, New York.
Valentine came into the meet seeded just 14th with a time of 47.85 seconds. He also failed to win the MIAA title in the 400.
However, when it mattered most, the true freshman met the challenge of nationals head on, posting a time of 48.30-good enough for third place in his heat and eighth place overall. This qualifies him for the finals on Saturday.
"Like Ethan has done all season, he just raced," said Calvin assistant coach Rick Otte. "He's a competitor, and works hard at it. He doesn't run too hard at the beginning, and he finished really strong today. I thought he had some nerves but he was mature enough to not show it and he performed really well today. He has a little bit of mechanics to work on for tomorrow, but he's feeling great right now so I think he has a really good shot at an All-American spot."
Valentine is one of nine runners in the finals of the 400. The top eight will earn All-American honors.
Valentine is also the first true freshman to compete in an individual event at the national meet for the Knights since Phil Sikkenga competed in the 110 high hurdles in 1998.
The men's 400 meter final will take place at 2:25 PM on Saturday, while sophomore Lauren Strohbehn (Stillwater, MN/St. Croix Prep HS) will compete in the 5000 meter run at 4:05.