NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Yale sophomore Trevor Reinhart is traveling to Eugene, Ore., this week, where he is scheduled to compete in the NCAA Men's Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Reinhart was the sole athlete to qualify from the men's track and field team to the NCAA Championships. He will be competing in the 1500-meter run.
Reinhart comes into the championships as something of an underdog. Though Reinhart competed at a high level for the Bulldogs throughout the regular outdoor season, senior teammate James Randon (a 2016 NCAA Championships qualifier) routinely led the Bulldogs in the event. But at the NCAA East Prelims, the qualifying meet for the NCAA Championships, Randon found himself in an extremely fast heat, and just missed out on a qualifying spot. Reinhart turned in a prime performance at the East Prelims, finishing in the top five of his heat to earn his place in the championship meet.
To advance to the championship final, Reinhart will first have to make it through the semifinals on Wednesday night by placing in the top five in his heat or running one of the two next best times. Reinhart turned in the top time of his season thus far at the West Point Twilight meet, where he ran 3:44.52 and finished second. To crack the event finals, he will likely need to run at least 2-3 seconds faster than his previous personal best. Coming off a week and a half of rest, however, it is entirely possible that he is able to do so.
Reinhart will run in the first heat of the 1500-meter semifinals, which are scheduled to take place at 7:46 p.m. ET on Wednesday. The race will be broadcast live on ESPNU, and live results will be available here.
Report by Olivia Paschal '18, Yale Sports Publicity.