Tobin Qualifies for Mile Final at Day One of NCAA Indoor Championships
March 9, 2018

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Senior Sean Tobin survived an intense mile prelim and earned a time qualifier spot into tomorrow’s final at Day One of the 2018 NCAA Indoor Championships at Texas A&M on Friday night.

Tobin – a native of Clonmel, Ireland, who is coming off an All-American finish in 12th place at the NCAA Cross Country Championships last fall – earned a spot to his first-career NCAA final after a dramatic finish in Heat Two of the mile prelims this evening. Tobin led nearly wire-to-wire, jumping out in front on the first lap and leading until about 100 meters to go in the race, running splits of 61.69 over the first 400, 2:02.15 through 800 and 3:03.43 through 1200. However, it was that final half-lap when the rest of the field kicked into another gear.

Led by the defending NCAA champion and national mile leader, Josh Kerr of New Mexico, Tobin was nearly overcome and forced out of the final, finishing sixth in his heat at 4:02.35 – taking the final time qualifier spot by one-hundredth of a second over Georgetown’s Amos Bartelsmeyer.

Tobin will run in the mile final tomorrow night at 4:10 p.m. CT in the hopes of becoming the first mile All-American in Ole Miss history.

He was also part of the Rebel men’s distance medley relay team that finished 10th overall for Second-Team All-American honors. Ole Miss was looking to repeat as the NCAA champs in the event, but ran into stiff competition where the top four spots were separated by less than two seconds. The Rebels took 10th at 9:41.75 with a relay made up of freshman Waleed Suliman (1200, 2:58.59), sophomore Alvin Westbrook (400, 49.73), Tobin (800, 1:50.70) and senior Robert Domanic (1600, 4:02.74). Virginia Tech won their first-ever title in the event at 9:30.76.

Senior All-American Janeah Stewart also competed on Day One, taking 15th place in the women’s shot put for Second-Team All-American status. Stewart topped out at 15.40m (50-06.25).

After the first day of action, Virginia Tech leads the men’s team scores with 16 points (ahead of Texas A&M’s 15.5), and Georgia holds a strong 33-13 lead over Florida.

Ole Miss returns to the track tomorrow afternoon, with senior Lindsey Murray in the pole vault (4:00), Tobin in the men’s mile final (4:10) and Stewart in the women’s weight throw (4:30).

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