Haftu Strintzos Is Going to the 10,000m NCAA Final in Austin
Liam Murphy, Sean Donoghue, and Sean Dolan of Villanova Advance in Men’s East Region
May 24, 2023
The first day of the NCAA East Region Division 1 Outdoor Track & Field Championships began at the Visit Jax Track at Hodges Track in Jacksonville, FL. The region meet has the first two rounds of the NCAA Championships. Today’s events are the first round of qualifying for the outdoor title meet in Austin, TX.
At the end of day one Villanova’s Haftu Strintzos placed sixth in the 10,000m and will run for the NCAA Outdoor Championship in this event. Twelve qualifiers form the East and twelve from the West Regional will take to starting line in the final. Strintzos got to the finish line in 29:04.93. He ran consistently in the top six to qualify. Victor Kiprop of Alabama won with a time of 28:54.97.
Also in the race, but not advancing was Ryan Cutter of Villanova (17th place 29:45.91), Wildcat Josh Phillips (32 – 30:30.36), and Penn’s Dylan Throop who did not finish.
Liam Murphy of Villanova moved on to the quarterfinal round in the Men’s 1500m run finishing fifth overall in the four heats of the races. The top five in each heat plus the next four fastest times advance the the quarterfinal round on Friday. Murphy participated in an event that saw three other Wildcats competing. Murphy ran in heat two covering the distance in 3:45.00 winning the heat and is the fifth best time overall. Sean Donoghue ran in the third heat coming in fourth place in 3:46.30 to earn a starting spot in Friday’s next run.
Devon Comber and Charlie O’Donovan took to the starting line in heat one. Comber placed seventh running a 3:47.91 with O’Donovan right behind with a 3:47.99. Zubeir Dagane of Penn ran a 3:51.55 in heat three. These runners failed to qualify for the next round.
Sean Dolan moved on to the quarterfinal round in the Men’s 800m Run. Dolan ran in the fifth heat. He started on the rail in second place behind Tarees Rhoden on Clemson. They held that position until the stretch when Ahmed Kadri of Eastern Kentucky passed Dolan for second place. The Villanovan ran a time of 1:48.34. Rhoden won the heat in 1:48.00 which was .15 seconds faster than Kadri. Rhoden had the fastest overall time. The first three finishers in the six heats plus the next six fastest times race again. In the sixth heat Liam Rivard of La Salle placed seventh. He ran with the front pack, but faded to seventh place covering the distance in 1:51.81.
No Philly College athletes in field events, the Hammer Throw and Javelin, qualified to participate in Austin. Scott Dochat of Penn placed 30th in the Hammer with a throw of 60.52m. Two Villanova athletes participated in the Javelin. Nicholas Coffey threw a distance of 61.74m good for 37th place. Andrew Grinell finished in 48th place throwing a distance of 56.6m.
Shane Gardner ran for Penn in the 110m Hurdles running a 13.99 to place 33rd.
The women take to the track and will be in the field on Thursday.
Written By: Glenn Papazian
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