GENEVA, Ohio.--Connecticut College sophomore Scott Mason of Wyndmoor, Pa. has advanced to the finals in the 3000 meter steeplechase at the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship. Mason posted a time of 9:18.46 in the trials at the Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio Thursday.
Mason placed second in his heat and posted the third fastest time in the field today.
There will be fourteen runners in the final, and the top eight finishers will earn All-America honors. The host institution is Mount Union College. Live video feed of the meet will be found at ncaa.com.
"It was a perfect race for Scott," Connecticut College Head Track & Field Coach Ned Bishop said.
"He stayed clear of traffic by running on the outside and near the front. Scott made a big move at the right time with just over 500 meters to go - just after the next to last water barrier - and then battled hard over the last lap to get 2nd in his heat and advance to the final automatically."
The last Camel to run the 3000 meter steeplechase at the NCAA Championship was Michael LeDuc '14 of Canton, Conn. A three-time NCAA Champion and nine-time combined All-American in cross country and track and field, LeDuc went back-to-back with a pair of NCAA Championships in the steeplechase. He won the 2014 NCAA Crown with a time of 8:45.77 in Delaware, Ohio.