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Harry Miller Runs Career-Fast Time, Narrowly Misses Advancing to the NCAA Finals

EUGENE, ORE - William and Mary senior Harry Miller (Portland, Ore.) had the race of his life Wednesday night at the NCAA Championships, bowing in the semifinals of the 3,000m steeplechase by the narrowest of margins. Competing in his first NCAA meet, he finished seventh in his semifinal heat and 15th overall, one spot and one second away from qualifying for the national finals.

3,000m Steeplechase Semifinal Results

Running in the second heat, Miller already had his targets set out for him - finish sixth or better in the heat, or finish seventh or eighth running faster than 8:45.28. Out of the gates, he immediately crashed in from the outside of the track to settle just behind the leaders, fourth or fifth in the field. As the field jockeyed back and forth, he settled back a bit while keeping a steady pace.

He held his ground around sixth or seventh through the middle laps of the race, running on the outside of the pack and trading the slightly longer distance for greater safety coming over the barriers. With three laps to go, Miller was still seventh and running strongly. At the bell, he had moved to sixth and was caught up in the sprint for the finish, coming down the straightaway to finish seventh in the heat at 8:46.49. Overall, he was 15th in the semifinals, one spot shy of qualifying for the finals, and the 10th fastest American in the field just 2.5 seconds away from All-American honors.

The time was the second career-best in the last two weeks for Miller and also the fastest ever for a Tribe runner at the NCAA Championships, beating his 8:47.89 performance from the quarterfinals in both categories. He finishes his career ranked fourth all-time at the College in the steeplechase, as well as eighth in the 800m run and ninth in the 1,000m run.

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