Brunnette to compete in 3000m steeplechase for second straight year
PLYMOUTH, N.H. – The most decorated runner in Plymouth State University history is heading back to the NCAA Division III Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championship for the second straight year.
Senior Sam Brunnette (Newport Center, Vt.) will compete in the 3000-meter steeplechase at next week's national championship meet at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. He earned All-America status a year ago after finishing fourth in the same event.
Brunnette is no stranger to the big stage as next week will mark his seventh appearance in a national championship meet. He qualified for NCAAs each of the past three years during indoor season, as well as appearing in the cross country championship meet each of the last two years. Brunnette is already a four-time All-American and hopes to close out his career with a fifth next Saturday.
Brunnette assured himself of that opportunity with a strong showing at the Williams Final Qualifier on Wednesday where he posting a season-best time of 9:07.01 – a mark that ranks as the 12th fastest in the country. He enters the meet as the 12th seed and is the highest finishing returner from the 2018 championships. Pomona-Pitzer junior Daniel Rosen enters as the top seed with a seed time of 8:51.64. Brunnette and senior Aidan Gilson of MIT are the only New England representatives in the event.
Sophomore Terrell Lewis (Nashua, N.H.) narrowly missed qualifying in the 110-meter hurdles. His season-best time of 14.64 seconds was just 0.02 seconds shy of the final qualifying spot.
For each individual event the top 20 declared student-athletes were accepted into the championships. The preliminaries take place Thursday (May 23), with Brunnette set to run at 5:50 p.m., with the finals set for 11:45 a.m. on Saturday (May 25).
For more information regarding the NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships, long on to ncaa.com.
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