- Location: Geneva, Ohio (SPIRE Institute)
- The Lead: On a rainy day one of the 2017 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship, MIT sophomore Aidan Gilson (Florence, Mass.) advanced to the finals of the 3,000-meter steeplechase as he finished eighth overall and fourth in his heat in Thursday's preliminaries.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- In the second heat of the steeplechase, Gilson went out with the lead pack and was in a comfortable position throughout. Finishing in a final time of 9:20.70, he held off a group of runners who surged in the final meters to earn an automatic spot in Saturday's final. Gilson entered the meet as the No. 9 seed with a time of 9:05.61.
- Also in action on Thursday was sophomore Dennis Maloney (New Albany, Ohio) as he competed in the 10,000 meters to open the meet. Maloney, who went out with the lead pack over much of the race, finished 10th overall as he crossed in a time of 30:36.07. Maloney entered the championship as the No. 10 seed overall.
- In the field events, junior Cody Bratten (Highlands Ranch, Colo.) finished 18th in the discus as he posted a throw of 139 feet, nine inches to cap off his season.
- MIT returns to action on Saturday as graduate student Matthew Deyo (Syracuse, N.Y.) and freshman Bobby Upton (Wexford, Pa.) compete in the 5,000 meters and pole vault, respectively. Gilson will also compete in the steeplechase final on Saturday as he looks to earn his first career All-American honor.