Dylan Lafond Finishes Fifth In Mile Run At NCAA II Men's Indoor Track And Field Championship
Dylan Lafond earned his second All-America award in as many days, finishing fifth out of nine runners in the mile run final at the 2014 NCAA Division II Men's Indoor Track and Field Championship Saturday at Winston-Salem, N.C. Lafond ran the mile in a time of 4:12.71, only two seconds out of first place.
Lafond had sustained a foot injury Friday when he lost a shoe during the mile preliminary and ran the final three laps with just one shoe. He finished second in his heat and entered the final with the ninth fastest time overall.
Starting in lane one Saturday, Lafond ran in the back of the pack throughout most of the eight-lap race. He moved up to seventh with three laps remaining and passed two more runners in the final lap to finish fifth.
Lafond also ran the 3000 meters later Saturday, but the combination of his injury and number of events run resulted in a 17th-place finish with a time nearly one minute off of his personal best.
After Friday's mile run preliminaries, Lafond ran the final leg of the distance medley relay Friday evening. He teamed with Karl Goodman, Aki Kitagawa and Jacob Urys for an eighth-place finish and an All-America award.
The All-America award is the third overall for Lafond, who garnered All-America honors in the 3000 meter steeplechase at last year's NCAA Division II Men's Outdoor Track and Field Championship.
Mount Olive moves right into its outdoor track and field season this coming week as the Trojans travel to Myrtle Beach, S.C., to compete in the Shamrock Invitational. The three-day meet begins Thursday.