Monday, 29 May 2017 12:55

Third Times a Charm; Griffin Earns All-America in 800

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In his final collegiate race, Ben Griffin earned All-America status with his time in the finals of the 800-meter run at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute on Saturday afternoon. It was the senior's third time as a national qualifier but his first appearance at the outdoor championships.

Griffin clocked a 1:51.92 in Saturday's final, good for a fifth-place finish in the nine-runner race. The top eight in the event are deemed All-Americans, as Griffin collected his first such citation. The Sterling, N.Y. native is a two-time 800-meter outdoor conference champion and a three time All-SUNYAC First Team honoree.

He is the Lakers first track and field All-American since Matt Wagenhauser finished in the same place of the same event at the 2014 championships.

2017 NCAA DIVISION III 800 FINALS
1 Deko Ricketts (Washington U)   1:51.30
2 Donson Cook-Gallardo (Carleton) 1:51.31
3 Matt Molinaro  (Ohio Northern) 1:51.39
4 John Decker (Babson)   1:51.66
5 Ben Griffin (Oswego State)  1:51.92
6 Kristian Sogaard (Amherst)   1:52.15
7 Andrew Sharp (Greenville) 1:52.23
8 Joshua Sealand (CMS)     1:52.40
9 Nicholas Salomon (Hope) 1:52.85

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