Yale Junior to Race at NCAA National Championships
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.—On the final day of competition at the NCAA East Prelims, junior James Randon qualified to the NCAA National Championships in Eugene, Ore. He finished fifth in his heat of the 1,500-meter run, and thus automatically earned a spot at the semifinals in Oregon.
The last Eli to qualify out of the East Prelims was James Shirvell '14 in 2013. Shirvell also raced the 1,500-meter run and actually set the Yale record at the East Prelims. Earlier this season, Randon broke this record by running a time of 3:40.15 at the Virginia Challenge. It is thus fitting that Randon went on to qualify to Eugene as well.
Randon's heat was determined entirely in the last 400 meters of the race. After the first 1,100 meters, all 12 of the runners were within 1.2 seconds of each other. Then on the final lap, Randon and the other leaders sped up, running these 400 meters in less than 57 seconds. He finished the race with a time of 3:47.01.
Now, Randon has roughly two weeks to recover and prepare until the NCAA National Championships begin on June 8th.