GENEVA, Ohio - Stevenson University men's track and field junior Patrick Watson picked up four spots in the final 400 meters of the 3000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championship to finish fifth and earn All-America status Saturday at SPIRE Institute. Watson ran a time of 9:09.97.
Watson becomes the second Mustang men's track and field athlete to be an All-American and had the program's fourth All-American performance.
Watson ran as high as fourth in the early portion of the event, leading the second pack, before slowly moving back to ninth. Sitting ninth heading into the final 400 meters, Watson used a late kick to move past four runners, including one who fell on the event's final water jump that Watson had to evade, and outran Chase Hampton of Otterbein down the stretch to edge him for fifth by 0.46 seconds. Watson ran the second-fastest final 400-meters (1:05.800) in the field, only behind event champion Benjamin Schott of Messiah, who won the race in 8:58.89.
Watson was also an All-American in cross country in 2018, finishing 15th overall.
Patrick Watson evades a fallen runner on the final water jump of the 3000-meter steeplechase Saturday.
(Photo courtesy Dan Mouw, Eastern University Athletics)