NYU's Turlip qualifies for 1,500m final
NYU runner seeks sixth All-American, advances to Saturday final
CLAREMONT, Calif. -- Matt Turlip representing New York University at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which are being hosted by Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Colleges at Burns Stadium competed in the 1,500-meter races on Thursday.
Turlip, already a five-time All-American will have a chance to go for number six as he qualified for Saturday's final.
Running in the faster heat No. 2, Turlip finished fourth with a time of 3:52.32. The top four finishers in each of the two heats, as well as the four runners with the next best times, automatically qualified.
Throughout the race, Turlip stayed at or near the front. In a tight bunch at the finish line, Hamline's Jack Deichert crossed first in a time of 3:52.02.
Turlip entered the Championships having posted the second-fastest 1,500-meter time (3:46.81) in NCAA Division III this season.
“Matt ran a smart race, doing what he needed to do to qualify,” said NYU head coach Nick McDonough. “He should be ready to end his career with a great performance on Saturday.”
The top eight finishers in the final will earn All-America honors.
Turlip earned All-America status for the first time at the 2010 NCAA Indoor Championships, finishing sixth in the mile (4:13.70). In 2011, he reached All-America heights three times. Indoors, he finished fourth in the mile (4:15.43) and was a member of the Violets' seventh-place distance medley relay team (10:04.49). Outdoors, he took sixth in the 1,500m (3:55.94). During the 2012 indoor season, Turlip again posted a fourth-place finish in the mile (4:11.56).