May 24th, 2013

Musk, Sandlin make NCAA 1,500 meter finals

John Spugnardi

Bellarmine University S.I.D.

Musk, Sandlin make NCAA 1,500 meter finals
Angela Musk and Robert Sandlin, Jr. will compete in Saturday's 1,500 meter run finals

Four Bellarmine track athletes competed tonight at the NCAA Division II National Championships at the ThunderDome on the campus of Colorado State-Pueblo. Both Bellarmine 1,500 meter runners--Angela Musk and Robert Sandlin, Jr.-- advanced to Saturday's final.

For Sandlin, the trip into the finals was highly dramatic.  During the last 100 meters of his heat, Sandlin was in great position to finish in the top four and possibly win it when he was tripped and tumbled to track.  The junior from Frankfort picked himself up and finished the race, beating three of his competitors, but his time of 4:04.16 was not fast enough to qualify for the finals.

Due to the extenuation circumstances, Bellarmine protested the results and the games committee granted the appeal that Sandlin be added to the finals as a 13th competitor. The Saturday final is scheduled for 7:45 p.m. EDT.

“He (Robert) was running the race exactly the way we drew it up,” said Bellarmine Director of Track and Cross Country Jim Vargo. “Coming down the stretch, I thought he was in great position and had a good chance to win the heat.”

Musk ran a solid race competing in the faster of the two women's 1500 meter heats.  The Bellarmine junior led for a portion of the last lap before finishing fifth in her heat.  However, Musk's time of 4:33.85 also was fifth overall, which easily qualified for the final on Saturday, which is scheduled to run at 7:35 p.m. EDT.

In the 400 meters, Bellarmine's Meghan Jones clocked a time of 56.07 to place 15th overall. Bellarmine freshman Kaysee O'Bannon competed in the 100 meters, finishing 20th overall with a time of 12.02.

“With both (Jones and O'Bannon) coming back, I think this was a great experience for them,” Vargo said. “We knew coming in that they would have to 'PR' by a significant amount to advance, so I think they represented themselves and Bellarmine very well.”


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