Van Deventer Advances to Finals in 1,500-Meter Run

John Van Deventer. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
John Van Deventer. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs Finish Day One of NCAA Regional

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Making sure that his collegiate run was not over yet, senior John Van Deventer clinched a spot in the finals of the 1,500-meter run on the first day of the NCAA East Regional. If all goes well in finals, Van Deventer could be one of 12 runners in the 1,500-meter run who advance to the national championship.

In Thursday's preliminaries, Van Deventer took third in his heat and finished with a time of 3:50.25 as the 19th fastest time overall out of 48 runners. Kris Gauson of Butler finished with the top time in 3:48.38. The top four in five heats and the next four fastest times qualified for finals, which will take place on Saturday at 6:45 p.m. In finals, the top five of two heats and the next two fastest times will qualify for the national meet. Like preliminaries, Saturday's lineup looks like it will be a tight race as all the finalists' times are within three seconds of each other.

On Friday, senior Matt Bogdan and junior Nathan Richards will compete in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, the last race of the night at 9:10 p.m. The top three in each heat and the next three fastest times advance to the national championship. Heat sheets and live results are available at A complete schedule of the meet as well as live results and video coverage can be found at the meet website. Results will be posted at after the meet.

Report by Miriam Cho '13, Yale Sports Publicity