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

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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

Source:: Deseret News – Sports News

      

BYU’s Kenneth Rooks advances to NCAA track and field finals

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