March 12, 2016
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - David Elliott took fifth place in the men's mile at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships after clocking a time of 4:07.16 on Saturday afternoon in Birmingham, Ala. The performance is the best result at an NCAA Championships in the redshirt senior's career, surpassing his eighth-place finish in the 1,500m at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships last season.
Fifth place also gives Elliott his second first-team All-America honor of his career.
The race got out to a fast start in the first half lap, but eventually settled into a slow, tactical race at the quarter mile mark. The Puyallup, Wash., native found himself in the middle of the pack throughout the majority of the race, but the pace allowed for everyone to stay in it and Elliott was unable to make a decisive move until the last 50m. He used a big burst in the last straightaway to pass two competitors and move into the top five.
Virginia's Henry Wynne won the title in 4:06.63.
Elliott also competed in the 3,000m and finished in 13th after running an 8:16.63, giving him second-team All-America honors in the event. Oregon's Edward Cheserek won with an 8:00.40.
Allie Ostrander was scheduled to take part in the women's 3,000m, but was a late scratch after being unable to finish the 5,000m yesterday evening.
Boise State will now take a three-week break before the beginning of the outdoor season. Their first outdoor meet will be the Stanford Invitational on April 1-2.