Bartlett finishes 13th in mile run preliminaries
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Plymouth State University junior Warren Bartlett (Loudon, N.H.) finished 13th in the preliminaries of the mile run at the NCAA Division III Men's Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Birmingham CrossPlex on Friday afternoon.
The top three finishers from each of the two heats, along with the next four fastest times, advanced to the finals and will compete for the National Championship on Saturday at 3:50 p.m. Bartlett finished sixth in heat one.
"I wanted to make sure I didn't leave anything on the track," said Bartlett. "I made sure I didn't."
Starting in lane seven, he opened in third place, then settled into fifth after the first two laps. Bartlett got boxed in and dropped back to eighth midway through the third lap before turning it on for the final lap to take sixth in his heat. His time, 4:14.67, was just 0.50 seconds slower than the 4:14.17 he ran at the Boston University Last Chance Meet on Feb. 25, a personal record at the time.
"Warren got some great experience in a national meet today," said head coach John Ostler. "This race was essential to his future success. He struggled a little mid-race, getting boxed in and having to use some extra energy to stay up and work his way free. He finished great which put him in contention to advance when the race got real."
Bartlett covered the last 400 meters in 59 seconds.
Senior Jeremy Hernandez of Ramapo College posted the fastest qualifying time finishing in 4:09.36. He was the top seed coming in after running the only sub-4:00 mile in NCAA DIII this year (3:59.01).
Bartlett qualified after running a 4:12.87 on a flat track at the Tufts National Qualifying Meet on Mar. 3, a time that converted to 4:09.69 banked track time. He was the 10th seed at the championships.
Teammate Sam Brunnette (Newport Center, Vt.) will compete in the 3,000 meter run on Saturday. The race is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. (EST).
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