May 21, 2009
Ballinger breezes into finals of steeplechase,
Goodman, Emerick each finish 14th
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SAN ANGELO, Texas—
University of Southern Indiana junior All-American Mary Ballinger
(Chesterton, Indiana) breezed by the competition in preliminaries of the 3,000-meter steeplechase Thursday night at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Ballinger advances to Saturday's finals, which are slated for a 5:10 p.m. start.
Ballinger won her heat with a time of 10 minutes, 51.00 seconds, which was more than four seconds faster than the second-place finisher. Overall, Ballinger posted the third-fastest time, but will be seeded second on Saturday due to her first-place finish in her heat.
Men's sophomore David Goodman
(Valparaiso, Indiana) failed to qualify for Saturday's steeplechase final as he finished eighth in his heat and 14th overall with a time of nine minutes, 38.40 seconds.
Freshman Dustin Emerick
(Elmwood, Illinois) also had a 14th-place showing in the finals of the men's 10,000 meters Thursday night. He finished the race in 31 minutes, 59.34 seconds.
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