Andrade, Elliott to Contend in NCAA Finals
David Elliott ran a 3:40.44 for the school record in the 1,500m.
June 10, 2015

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EUGENE, Ore.,--The Bronco men handled business on the first day of competition of the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon. Boise State's Jordin Andrade (400m hurdles, 49.67) and David Elliott (1,500m, 3:40.44) won their heats and automatically qualified to Friday's finals in their respective events.

David Elliott kicked off competition for the Broncos, running in the second of two heats of the 1,500m run. Unlike the tight pack of the first heat, a competitor pushed in the second heat with an early lead. Elliott stayed the course settling in the middle of the pack throughout the race and then took off at the bell lap. After taking the lead, Elliott fended off an intruding Duck to take the heat, overall win and auto-qualification in 3:40.44. Elliott's time in the semifinals lowered his own school record and he will compete in Friday's final at 4:45 p.m. PT. The men's 1,500m final will feature 13 men instead of the usual 12, as a competitor in the first heat advanced to the finals under protest.

Jordin Andrade raced in the first of three heats of the 400m hurdles. Andrade was the lone senior in the first heat and came into the heat as the top-seeded competitor. The Bonney Lake, Wash., native held up to his seeded time and blew away the competition with approximately 200 meters to go. Andrade's conservative, first-place finish in 49.67 ended up placing fifth overall. With his heat win, Andrade also automatically qualified to Friday's 6 p.m. PT final.

Next up for the Broncos are Marisa Howard and Emma Bates who will compete on Thursday. Howard will race in the 3,000m steeplechase semifinals at 4:38 p.m. PT, seeking a top-five heat finish for a berth to Saturday's finals. Her race will be broadcast on ESPNU/ESPN3. Bates will look to defend her 10,000m title at 6:38 p.m. PT on ESPN/ESPN3.

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