Cowboys' Ewing Sets Personal Best in 3,000-meter Steeplechase

SACRAMENTO, Calif.  – Redshirt freshman Harry Ewing finished in 15th place in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA West Qualifying, three places shy of advancing tor the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

“Harry put himself in there and made good moves when he needed to and fought to the finish,” UW assistant coach Scott Dahlberg said Friday. “I’m proud of him. It was a strong competition. It was a good temperature with no wind. Every heat went out at a very honest pace. A lot of guys were running personal bests. That doesn’t usually happen at this meet.”

Ewing clocked a time of 8 minutes, 46.81 seconds at the NCAA West Preliminary Round Friday night, jumping from No. 8 to No. 4 on the UW all-time list for the event. 

The Hamilton, New Zealand native chopped almost six seconds off his personal best, finishing fifth in his heat. The top three finishers from each heat, along with the next three best times overall, advanced to Eugene, Ore., for the national championship meet.

Ewing crossed the finish line ahead of Boise State’s Yusuke Uchikoshi, who bested the Wyoming freshman to win the Mountain West title two weekends ago and entered the NCAA West Prelims as the national leader in the event. Ewing was the third-fastest freshman competitor in the field of 48 runners behind BYU’s Matt Owens and Portland’s Riley Osen.