Sophomore Set Steeplechase Personal Record
PRINCETON, N.J.—The Yale men's track and field team had one of its own members, sophomore Duncan Tomlin, earn All-East honors following his sixth-place performance in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America (IC4A) Championships on Friday. Athletes had the opportunity to qualify for the prestigious annual meet by reaching certain entry standards in different events throughout the indoor and outdoor track seasons. All-East honors are reserved for those athletes who place in the top eight in their respective events at the IC4As.
Tomlin was the only Bulldog to compete on Friday, the meet's opening day. The San Diego native finished sixth in the steeplechase final, earning three points for his team and continuing what has been an impressive sophomore campaign. After emerging as the Elis' steeplechase specialist as a freshman, Tomlin entered the 2014 outdoor season with a personal record time of 9:17.50. He easily beat that mark in his first race of the new season, running a 9:10.85 at the ultra-competitive Stanford Invitational. He then outdid that time at the historic Penn Relays in April before setting yet another personal record at the Ivy League Heptagonal Championships (Heps) in early May. Tomlin, however, broke his personal record mark for the fourth time this season on Friday, when he finished the IC4A final round steeplechase race with a time of 8:58.34—the ninth-fastest personal record in Yale history.
Prior to focusing on the steeplechase during the outdoor season, Tomlin excelled during the cross country and indoor track seasons. He placed in Yale's top seven in all six cross country races in which he competed and set personal records in the 3,000-meter and 5,000-meter events during the indoor season.
Tomlin's strong steeplechase time from the IC4As should give him a good chance to earn a bid to the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round, the qualifier for the NCAA Championships. The NCAA will make official announcements regarding Preliminary Round qualifications on May 22.
Report by Zach Schloss '15, Yale Sports Publicity