Jensen '15 runner-up at NCAA track & field championships
Hamilton College's Joe Jensen '15 placed second in the men's 400-meter dash at the NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field Championships on Saturday afternoon at the University of Nebraska’s Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln.
Jensen posted a time of 48.03 seconds -- just 0.17 seconds off the winning time -- in the final. Running in the first of two four-man sections, Jensen recorded the top time and broke his own school record of 48.19 seconds set in Friday's preliminary heats. In the second section, Lynchburg College's Tom Sippie won the national championship with a time of 47.86 seconds.
Jensen is the sixth Hamilton men's track & field athlete to earn All-America honors and the first since nine-time NCAA champion Peter Kosgei '11 in 2009. Jensen qualified for Saturday's final by recording the fourth-fastest time during Friday's preliminaries.
He entered the NCAA championships as the seventh seed and was named Atlantic Region Track Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).
Jensen also qualified for nationals in the 200-meter dash. He recorded Friday's 11th-fastest preliminary time, finishing in a school record 21.89 seconds.
In the team standings, the Continentals finished in a tie for 24th place (among the 68 teams that scored a point) with eight points.