MSU’s Hamilton caps NCAA slate at Cross Country championships



Photo attached of Duncan Hamilton courtesy of the Big Sky Conference

Montana State’s Duncan Hamilton completed his four-day span participating on the national stage with his appearance at the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Monday, March 15, at the Oklahoma State Cross Country Course.

After claiming a Second Team All-America showing on Friday in the men’s mile at the NCAA Track and Field Championships, Hamilton placed 110th in the field of 251 runners in the 10-kilometer cross country race Monday.

The Bozeman native raced along with the front of the pack for a majority of the championship race. He sat among the top 50 runners in the individual standings through the first half of the meet moving up to as high 38th at the 5,000m split. He was positioned at 59th heading into the final 2,000 meters and eventually took 110th crossing the finish line in 31 minutes, 36.3 seconds. Hamilton finished less than a minute off an All-American pace.

Hamilton’s 110th-place showing was the Bobcat men’s program’s best individual finish since Jake Turner took 101st at the 2014 championship. He was the 11th Montana State men’s runner to compete in the NCAA Cross Country Championship and the fourth to do so individually.

“Duncan had an incredible winter of accomplishments competing in two NCAA Championships,” said Lyle Weese, Montana State’s director of track and field and cross country. “It was awesome seeing him out there with some of the best in the NCAA. I know he is already excited about his next opportunity to compete during the outdoor track and field season.”

Hamilton and the rest of the Bobcat program look forward to the start of the outdoor track and field season. The outdoor season is set to culminate with the Big Sky Conference Track and Field Championships being held in Ogden, Utah, from May 12-15.

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