Men's Track & Field

Leslie qualifies for 3000m steeplechase finals

Go Buckeyes! Cory Leslie will run in Saturday's 3000m steeplechase finals.
Go Buckeyes!
Cory Leslie will run in Saturday's 3000m steeplechase finals.
Go Buckeyes!

June 8, 2012

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior Cory Leslie finished ninth overall in the semifinals of the 3000-meter steeplechase Thursday evening at the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, to advance to Saturday’s national championship race at Drake Stadium.

“We had a very positive day in what played out to be a very competitive championships," interim head coach Ed Beathea said. "Cory looked very strong and focused on making the finals. Our 4x4 relay ran with tremendous pride and posted a time that would normally make the finals. Our alumni and department would have been proud of the way we competed today." 

Leslie, a native of Huron, Ohio, placed fourth in his section in a time of 8:41.45 to claim a spot in the finals. Princeton’s Donn Cabral posted the top time of 8:38.12. Senior Buckeye Adam Green finished 10th in his section, falling short of the finals with his time of 9:00.46.

The 4x400m relay team finished three spots short of qualifying for the finals as Thomas Murdaugh, Korbin Smith, Marvel Brooks and Antonio Blanks finished 11th with a time of 3:04.99.

Another Buckeye, sophomore Demoye Bogle, finished 21st overall in the prelims of the 110m hurdles with a time of 14.00. Meanwhile, junior Heath Nickles wrapped up the decathlon in 15th place with a score of 7458. Nickles came in second in the pole vault, clearing 17-0.75 feet (5.20m).



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Events resume Friday at 3 p.m. ET.

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