May 25, 2012
Montana senior Lynn Reynolds finished 30th in the men's steeplechase and freshman Allie Parks placed 41st in the women's steeplechase Friday evening on the second day of the NCAA West Preliminary Championships at Austin, Texas. Reynolds and Parks were the only Montana athletes competing Friday.
Through two days of competition, Montana does not have any athletes qualified for nationals, which will be held June 6-9 at Des Moines, Iowa.
Reynolds, competing in the steeplechase at regionals for the third time in his career, finished 10th in his heat with a time of 9:16.70.
The slowest time of the 12 athletes advancing to nationals was 8:58.52. Reynolds ran an 8:55.60 earlier this season at Stanford and had a career best of 8:54.53.
"Lynn's heat ran a slow first half. He got out well and was in a good spot for most of the race," UM distance coach Courtney Babcock said.
"Halfway through a couple of guys made a move on the outside, and Lynn had maybe 100 meters to make a decision to go or not. He didn't."
The race ended Reynolds' career at Montana. In addition to being a three-time NCAA regional qualifier, he placed in the top six in the steeplechase at all four Big Sky Conference outdoor championships and was a three-time All-Big Sky performer in cross country, with top-five individual finishes as a sophomore, junior and senior.
Parks, at No. 48, was the lowest-ranked athlete in the women's steeplechase, but she competed well Friday at what should be the first of four regional appearances. She placed 12th out of 16 in her heat and broke 11 minutes for the second straight meet, clocking a 10:59.96. She ranked 41st overall.
"Allie did great. She is so much fun to watch because she is such a fighter," Babcock said. "To get down here her freshman year is going to be a great stepping stone for her future."
A time of 10:26.37 was the slowest mark to make the 12-athlete cut to nationals. Colorado junior Shalaya Kipp, who ran a 9:58.38, was the only athlete to break 10 minutes. Weber State junior Amber Henry had the day's second-fastest time of 10:05.11.
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