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Tugumisirze places ninth, Rutto 12th at NCAA

Golden and Hammond compete in the triple jump tomorrow

March 14, 2014 · @MTAthletics

ALBEQURQUE, N.M. - 0.04 and 0.01 seconds separated Emmanuel Tugumisirize and Eliud Rutto from racing in tomorrow's 400-meter and 800-meter finals at the NCAA Championships, respectively. 

Tugumisirize ran his second fastest time of the 2014 indoor season, eclipsing his time of 46.80 seconds at the Conference USA Indoor Championships March 1, but falling short of his MT school record 46.05 time set at the Vanderbilt Invitational Jan. 25. Texas A&M's Deon Lendore placed first in the prelims with a time of 45.60 while Vernon Norwood edged Tugumisirize for eighth (46.18).

Rutto finished fourth in his qualifying heat (1:51.98), missing the top three spots to automatically qualify for the 800-meter finals. Florida's Ryan Schnulle took home first in the second heat with a time of 1:51.36, while Patrick Rono (1.51.97) of Arkansas took the third spot with a 0.01 second beat on Rutto. After the top three in each heat race, the top two fastest remaining times advance to the finals. Rutto's time placed him 12th overall in the field of 16.

Both Tugumisirize and Rutto earn second team All-American honors, with the top eight runners in the 400-meter and 800-meter receiving the first team designation.

Cordario Golden and India Hammond compete in their respective triple jump events tomorrow at 7 p.m. (CT).

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