Montana State’s Duncan Hamilton finishes 4th, Levi Taylor 7th in steeplechase final at US Outdoor Championships | Bobcats
VICTOR FLORES 406mtsports.com
BOZEMAN — Montana State’s Duncan Hamilton nearly qualified for the world championships in track and field.
Hamilton placed fourth in the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase final of the U.S. Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. His teammate Levi Taylor finished seventh in the 14-man race.
Hamilton crossed the finish line after 8 minutes and 20.23 seconds. That’s comfortably below the world qualifying standard of 8:22, but he needed to finish in the top three to reach the world championships next month.
Hamilton finished just over a second behind third Benard Keter, a 2020 Olympian. Two-time Olympian Hillary Bor won her second U.S. Outdoor Championships gold with a time of 8:15.76. Evan Jager, silver medalist in the steeplechase at the 2016 Olympics, took silver on Saturday (8:17.29).
Hamilton was fourth in the first 1,000 meters and took the lead over 2,000 meters in 5:36.25. The Bozeman native ran 2:43.99 in the final 1000m – his fastest time of the 1000m race – but that wasn’t enough to crack the top three.
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Taylor finished the first 1,000 meters in last place, but improved to 10th place over 2,000 and passed three other hurdle runners in the final 1,000 meters. The Laurel native finished in 8:29.75, more than two seconds slower than the personal best he set two days earlier in the preliminaries.
Of the four middle schoolers who qualified for the final, Hamilton and Taylor finished first.
Earlier Saturday, MSU’s Drake Schneider came up short in the men’s 400-meter hurdles final. The Wisconsin eldest raced the second heat of the 16-person semifinals and finished with a time of 52.3 seconds, last in his heat and overall.