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2 more Augustana athletes place at NCAA championships


Allendale, Mich. - The NSIC added three more All-Americans honors to bring their total to six over the last two days of the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Augustana's Kyle Blakeslee finished second in the 3000m steeplechase while teammate Harald Karbo was third in the same men's event. Minnesota State's Chris Reed pick up his second All-American honor of the championship as he finished fifth in the discus throw. The championships conclude Saturday at Grand Valley State Track & Field Stadium.

Blakeslee, finishing behind two-time defending champion Alicia Nelson of Adams State, was able to registered her highest finish at a national meet by taking second in 10:13.93 and broke a pair of her own records in the process. The Cannon Falls, Minn. native had finished fourth in the national steeplechase in 2011 and 2012 before she clocked the fastest Augustana women's time in the event. By breaking her own school record set in 2012 at the Drake Relays, Blakeslee also broke the South Dakota collegiate record and ran the sixth-fastest time in Division II history. ASU's Nelson won the event by breaking the NCAA Championship meet record with a time of 9:54.02.

Karbo took third in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase for his first outdoor All-American honor. Karbo's late kick couldn't quite chase down a runner-up finish, but he did set a new personal-best by 10 seconds with his third-place time of 8:50.21. Adams State's Tabor Stevens repeated as steeplechase champion with an NCAA Championship record time of 8:35.05 and Karbo was edged by Colorado School of Mines' Tyler Curtis who took second in 8:49.22.

Reed had a personal record throw of 179' 7" to garner his second All-American honors in the discus throw. He will look to rake in his third All-American at this year's championships when he competes in the shot put tomorrow afternoon, an event that he won at last year's championships.MSU senior Jerrell Hancock ran a time of 21.08 in the 200-meter dash prelims which was good enough for seventh place. His time was good enough to qualify for the finals which will take place tomorrow evening.

MSU freshman Myles Hunter qualified for tomorrow's final in the 110-meter hurdles. He finished first in his heat and third overall with a time of 14.07 to advance to the final round.MSU Moorhead junior Tia Knight qualified for the finals in the 100-meter hurdles as she ran a time of 14.07, not far from the school record of 13.99 she set earlier this month at the NSIC Championships. Knight was the ninth-fastest in the preliminaries out of 21 runners as she advanced to the finals on Saturday.Seeking the fourth All-American finish of his storied career, Augustana's Aduo Omot snuck into the men's 800-meter finals by the narrowest of margins. Running in the first heat, the Worthington, Minn. native finished fifth with a time of 1:51.57. With the top two winners of each heat automatically advancing to the event finals tomorrow afternoon, Omot was left waiting for the last two heats to finish before he could see his time would advance him to the finals by 0.03 seconds.

University of Mary's Kathryn Stewart, Cassandra Jones, Crystal Hovland and Josie Guptill were the fourth fastest prelim team in the 4x400 as they advanced to Saturday's finals. The quartet ran a time of 3:34.55.The NCAA Championships conclude on Saturday with field event finals beginning at 10 a.m. while track finals will start at 4 p.m.

Courtesy: NSIC Media Relations