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Rutto places fifth in 800-meter

Fifth-place finish earns Rutto first-team All-American honors

June 13, 2014 · @MTAthletics

EUGENE, Ore. - Middle Tennessee runner Eliud Rutto closed the 2014 outdoor season at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Friday with a fifth-place finish in the 800-meter at Hayward Field.

Rutto tallied his third-fastest time of the season (1:47.32), but was not able to overtake Mississippi State's Brandon McBride, who won the 2014 800-meter title (1:46.26). Florida's Ryan Schnulle (1:46.29) and Kentucky's Keffri Neal (1:46.39) placed second and third, respectively. Rutto, Schnulle and McBride were the only sophomores in contention, while the five remaining runners were classified as juniors.

"It was a great year for Rutto, capping it off with first-team All-American honors," said assistant track and field coach Keith Vroman. "He has put in a lot of hard work and proved he is one of the top collegiate 800-meter runners in the nation."

Rutto automatically qualifies as a first-team All-American after finishing in the top eight. The Eldoret, Kenya native has tallied first-team All-American honors in two-consecutive outdoor seasons, placing seventh at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 800-meter.

Cordairo Golden will close out competition for the Blue Raiders, competing in the triple jump tomorrow at 2:30 p.m. (CT). Coverage of Saturday's event is available on ESPNU.

Men's 800-meter:
1. Brandon McBride (Mississippi State) - 1:46.26
2. Ryan Schnulle (Florida) - 1:46.29
3. Keffri Neal (Kentucky) - 1:46.39
4. Patrick Rono (Arkansas) - 1:46.46
5. Eliud Rutto (Middle Tennessee) - 1:47.32
6. Luke Lefebure (Stanford) - 1:47.64
7. Chris Low (Long Beach St.) - 1:48.28
8. Derrick Daigre (Washington) - 1:50.83

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