Montana State’s Drake Schneider advances to U.S. Outdoor Championships semifinals | MSU Bobcats
BOZEMAN — Montana State’s Drake Schneider will compete in the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships for at least one more day.
Schneider qualified for the men’s 400-meter hurdles semifinals with a time of 51.6 seconds in Friday’s preliminaries at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. A strong performance in Saturday’s semifinal will send Schneider to Sunday’s final.
“It’s exciting to see Drake advance to the next round,” MSU head coach Lyle Weese said in a press release. “He may not have felt his best today, but he did a great job fighting and moving on to tomorrow.”
The men’s 400 hurdles preliminaries featured four heats, with the top three hurdlers from each advancing to the semifinals. Schneider finished fourth in the second run (more than a second behind the third best time), but the Wisconsin senior was able to advance to the semifinals as he posted one of the four fastest times in the hurdles that n didn’t finish in the top three. in their heat.
Schneider posted the 14th fastest time overall in the 26-man preliminaries, more than three seconds behind the fastest hurdler, Rai Benjamin, an American who finished second to Norway’s Karsten Warholm in the 400 hurdles at the Olympics. from Tokyo last year.
Schneider’s personal best over 400 hurdles is 49.04, set at last month’s Big Sky Championships. This is his first appearance at the U.S. outdoor championships.
Saturday’s 400m hurdles semifinal is scheduled to start at 2:22 p.m. Mountain time.
MSU junior Lucy Corbett also made her US Championship debut on Friday. The Bozeman High graduate competed in the women’s high jump final and was unable to clear the first height of 5ft 11.5in on all three of her attempts.
Corbett broke his own school record with a 6-1.5 jump at the Bengal Invitational in April.
“Lucy has had an amazing year,” Weese said in the press release. “It’s exciting to know that she can bring those experiences back next season.”
On Thursday, fellow Bobcats Duncan Hamilton and Levi Taylor both qualified for the men’s steeplechase final, which is scheduled for 3:04 p.m. MT.
“Tomorrow is going to be about sticking to the routine and going with what has worked all season,” Weese said. “It will be an exciting day to be a Bobcat.”
MSU javelin thrower Cantor Coverdell will compete in the final on Sunday at 1:35 p.m.