May 26, 2012

Crabo Earns All-America Honors With Fifth-Place Finish In Steeplechase

Claremont, Calif. - Senior Anders Crabo (Bellingham, Wash. - pictured) ran a 9:00.89 to come in fifth place in the 3000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships on Saturday afternoon at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

The fifth-place finish gives him All-America honors for the second time in his career, after also being named an All-American during his sophomore season in 2010.

Crabo won his preliminary heat on Thursday by biding his time in the back of the pack for the first half of the race and then making his move. He employed a similar strategy in the championship race, as he stayed near the back through the first few laps.

However, Nick Cramer of Calvin, who won the other preliminary heat on Friday, was able to set a fast pace and separate himself from the pack, leaving too much ground for Crabo to cover and finished with an 8:51.01, the fastest time in Division III this year by over five seconds. Crabo's all-time fastest race was a 8:59.11 at the Mt. Sac Relays this year.  

Crabo graduated with four SCIAC championships in the steeplechase, becoming only the 19th four-time champion in the same event in SCIAC history, and only the fourth Sagehen. Only one other athlete had ever won the steeplechase four straight years - Phil Sweeney of Occidental (1975-78), whose son Luke is currently a starting running back on the Pomona-Pitzer Football team (setting a school record in rushing yards this year with 1,419).