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Underdog Fairley Secures Runner-Up Finish Nationally

Posted: Sunday, May 28th, 2017 at 5:50 am
Author: KNIA/KRLS Sports - Trevor Castle / Central Sports Info

Mark Fairley went from last chance qualifier to national runner-up in the course of 10 days, as the Central College men’s track and field runner took second place in the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Saturday.

Fairley blazed the track in a school record 9:06.33 in the finals Saturday, his fourth steeplechase in three weeks. A superb late charge by Ian Ewers of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse gave him the national title in 9:05.58

The runner-up finish gives Fairley his first All-American honor, and the program’s second of the weekend after Logan Mulford’s seventh-place finish in the high jump on Friday.