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May 25, 2012

Crabo Wins Preliminary Heat At NCAA Championships

Claremont, Calif. - Senior Anders Crabo (Bellingham, Wash. - pictured) won the second of two preliminary heats in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Division III Men's Track and Field Championships on Thursday evening at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

With his first-place finish, Crabo qualified with ease for the finals heat on Saturday, which will take place at 2:15 p.m. between the top 14 competitors from the preliminaries.

Crabo crossed the finish line with a time of 9:11.69, a second and a half ahead of the second place finisher in his heat (Trevor Siperek of Coast Guard, who finished at 9:13.05). Crabo's time was the second fastest overall, as Nick Cramer of Calvin won the first heat with a time of 9:07.62.

Crabo ran a relaxed race as he stayed in the back of the pack for the first half before making his move toward the front. He opened up a 10-meter lead going into the last lap, and cruised into the finish line, glancing behind him several times to make sure that he was in safe position to finish in the top half and qualify for the finals.

Earlier this season, Crabo became the first Sagehen to break nine minutes in 27 years, as he finished with an 8:59.11 at the Mt. Sac Relays. He also won the SCIAC championship for the fourth year in a row, making him only the 19th athlete to win the same event four years in a row at the SCIAC Men's Track and Field Championships, which dates back 100 years.

Crabo is vying to becoming the first national champion in the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Track and Field program since Will Leer swept the 1500-meter and the 5000-meter championships in 2007.

Live video of the Saturday championships can be found on the NCAA website here:

http://www.ncaa.com/liveschedule