Special to the Flash
PITTSBURG, Kan. (March 11, 2016) – Chase Rathke qualified for the finals in the mile at the NCAA Indoor Championships at Pittsburg State University.
Rathke ran the mile in 4:05.66 and finished with the third-fastest time in the preliminaries. Rathke will compete in the finals on Saturday, March 12 at 4:55 p.m. Rathke set the Tarleton school record for the mile earlier this season with a time of 4:05:08 at the Houston Invitational. The senior from Crawford is looking for his second career medal at the Indoor Championships after placing third in the 800m last season.
Nine runners advanced to the finals in the mile, coming from the top three times in the two heats along with the next three best times.
“Chase did exactly what he needed to do,” said head coach Pat Ponder. “He stayed relaxed and looked really good. I’m proud of him and he did a great job, and that’s to be expected of him as a senior. There’s great competition here, but our goal is to win it.”
DeAijha Hicks-Boyce competed in the 200m dash and finished in 10th in the preliminaries with a time of 24.60. The top eight runners qualified for the finals on Saturday.
“DeAijha ran great; she looked good and looked strong,” Ponder added. “Today will help her to improve in the long run as she continues to go to these championships.”
Live results of Rathke’s attempt at a national championship can be found through live stats provided by the NCAA: http://www.leonetiming.com/2016/Indoor/NCAADII/