BYU’s Kenneth Rooks wins the semifinal heat of the 3,000-meter steeplechase on the opening day of the NCAA track and field championships on Wednesday, June 8, 2022
Kenneth Rooks continued his storybook season Wednesday by winning his semifinal heat of the 3,000-meter steeplechase on the opening day of the NCAA track and field championships to advance to Friday’s final.
Rooks, a sophomore from Washington who returned home from a church mission to Uganda last fall, clocked the second fastest time of the day and the second fastest time in BYU history, 8:24.88. It is the fastest time run by a BYU steeplechaser in 45 years. Only four-time Olympian Henry Marsh has run faster for BYU — he clocked 8:21.60 in 1977.
Rooks, who placed 11th in the 2019 NCAA championships, knocked more than six seconds off his previous best time. He was running at the back of a six-man pack with one lap to go and took the lead for good with about 200 meters to go. Duncan Hamilton of Montana State clocked 8:23.13 to win the other semifinal heat.
BYU’s Garrett Marsing, who placed fourth in last year’s NCAA championships, failed to advance to the finals, finishing 19th in 8:45.71.
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Utah Valley University’s Adam Bunker, a freshman from Monticello, was 17th in 8:44.67.
Only one other Utah collegian advanced out of Wednesday’s semifinals to Friday’s finals — BYU’s Colten Yardley, a senior from Syracuse who placed eighth in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of …read more
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