Burdick advances to 1,500 quarterfinals

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – South Dakota State senior Kyle Burdick advanced to the quarterfinals in the men’s 1,500-meter run at the NCAA Division I Track & Field Championships West Preliminary on Thursday at Hornet Stadium.

The Rapid City native had the eighth-fastest time in the 48-runner field, clocking in at 3 minutes, 44.95 seconds. He was third in his heat.

Twenty-four individuals – the top five finishers in each of the four first-round heats plus the next four fastest times – qualified for the quarters, which are Saturday at 8:45 p.m.

There are two quarterfinal heats, with the top five from each plus the next two fastest earning a spot in Austin, Texas.

Senior Cal Lawson missed qualifying for the men’s 800-meter run quarterfinals by .17 seconds, finishing in 1:49.96. He had the seventh-fastest time amongst those not finishing in the top three in one of the six heats – the top six advanced.

Lawton was sixth in his heat and 19th overall.

Sophomore Trent Francom cleared 17 feet, 1 inch in the men’s pole vault and finished 14th. The top 12 advanced to Austin. A trio of vaulters tied for 10th at 17-5.

Sophomore Oksana Covey crossed seventh in her heat and 38th overall in the women’s 800 meters in 2:09.57.

Senior Logan Ammons was 39th in the men’s hammer throw with a mark of 189 feet, 10 inches.

Sophomore Coby Hilton was seventh in his heat and 43rd overall in the men’s 100-meter dash with a 10.63 clocking.

Freshman Addison Eisenbeisz ended up 43rd in the women’s high jump with a height of 5-5.

The three-day meet continues today.

Hilton is set to compete in the first round of the 200-meter dash at 9:55 p.m.

Rachel King competes in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at 10:20 p.m., with a spot in Austin on the line.

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