PUEBLO, Colo. – Runa Falch takes second in the women's 10,000-meter run to kick off the NCAA Track and Field Championships for Augustana. Henrik Holmberg sits in fifth place after day one of the decathlon and Travis Beniak and Harald Karbo both secured places in the 3,000-meter steeplechase final tomorrow.
Falch clocked a 36:12.52 in her 10k as she paced herself to make a late push and earn All-America honors. Fellow Steinkjer, Norway native, Kristin Brondbo came in 13th with a time of 37:58.53.
Hangin around the middle of the pack, Falch started to make her move late in the race. With two laps to go, the senior surpassed the then-second-place runner and used a big kick on the final lap to solidify her runner-up finish.
Brondbo's erased her deficit in the waning laps of the race, but a deficit created earlier in the race was too much to overcome.
In the men's steeplechase, Beniak won the second heat to secure a place in the finals while Karbo earned a finals berth with his time after finishing fifth in the first heat. Karbo logged a faster time of 9:21.18 in heat one, but Beniak's 9:21.71 gave him the slight edge in heat two.
Holmberg opened the day by setting a personal-best in the 100-meter dash and has set himself up nicely to set an overall best with his 3,808 points on day one of the decathlon.'
In the first event of the NCAA Championships, Holmberg ripped off a 10.98-second 100-meter dash to set a personal best and open his hunt for an top eight finish to earn All-America honors. Holmberg's new best time earned him 865 points.
In the second event, Holmberg recorded a best leap of 7.06 meters (23-2) in the long jump for 828 points. Staying in the field events, Holmberg recorded 565 points in the shot put with an 11.31-meter (37-1.25) heave.
Holmberg gathered 767 points with the second-best height of 1.69 meters (6-5) in the high jump. To close out the first day, the Vik, Norway native clocked a 50.69-second time in the 400-meter dash worth 783 points to come to his total of 3,808.
Entering day two, Holmberg is 80 points behind third and 262 back from the leader. Tomorrow's events include the 110-meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw, and 1,500-meter run.
Holmberg will open the second day of the championships with the decathlon beginning at 10 a.m. The men's steeplechase finals are scheduled for 7:35 p.m.