Ohlman Advances to First Round of the NCAA Track and Field Championships
May 16, 2013
CINCINNATI- Xavier track and field athlete Tom Ohlman has qualified for the first round of the 2013 NCAA Track and Field Championships. The junior will run at 9:30 P.M. on May 24th at the North Carolina A&T facility in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Ohlman has been a top finisher for Xavier in the past two seasons in many of the long distance events and has had proven success in the 3000-meter steeplechase event. Last track season, Ohlman won the event at the Alabama Relays and set the then-school record of 9:03.09 at the Stanford Invitational. This year, Ohlman was the top finisher in the event at the Miami Invitational with a time of 9:17.40, finishing in front of all of the other 18 competitors. The junior team captain would go on to shave 15 seconds off that time and set the school record in the event yet again at the Atlantic 10 Outdoor Championships. He was also one of the five Xavier athletes to compete at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, California where he finished 8th in the steeplechase in a time of 9:05.00.
Head coach Ryan Orner is excited about Ohlman's opportunity in Greensboro. "I'm so happy for Tom in getting this opportunity to compete at the 1st rounds of the NCAA's. This opportunity comes a year after he was denied a chance to run at 1st. rounds because of emergency surgery that he had to remove his appendix. Ever since, Tom has been waiting for his chance to get back to 1st. rounds and show that he can compete at the national level." "I have a great feeling about Tom's chances of moving out of 1st. rounds and on to the NCAA Championship round in Eugene," Orner continued. "His workouts over the past week have looked great and he's finally at top form when it matters most."
The NCAA first round is divided into two regions, East and West. The top-12 athletes in each event then advance to the NCAA Championships in Eugene, Oregon spanning four days from June 5th to the 8th.