June 9, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa - Air Force senior Jim Walmsley concluded a stellar collegiate career with a 12th-place finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase during the final day of competition (June 9) at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
Walmsley, competing in the fifth steeplechase of his career, finished the 3000-meter course in a time of 8:57.99.
The entire pace of the senior-dominated field was slower than Thursday's semifinal race, as temperatures hovered around 90 degrees at Drake Stadium. Only two of the 14 finalists clocked marks that bettered their semifinal times.
Princeton's Donn Cabral won the national title with a time of 8:35.44, while Michigan's Craig Forys and Ohio State's Cory Leslie finished second (8:40.66) and third (8:40.98), respectively. Texas A&M's Henry Lelei, who had been right on Cabral's heels until the final barrier, ended up fourth in 8:42.07, while Temple's Travis Mahoney rounded out the top five with a time of 8:43.29.
The 2012 collegiate season ended today with the national championships, although the U.S. Olympic Trials begin June 22 in Eugene, Ore.