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Weber State track: Bronson Winter advances to NCAA nationals in steeplechase

By Brett Hein - Standard-Examiner | May 28, 2023

Robert Casey, Weber State Athletics

Weber State's Bronson Winter, center, edges BYU's Brandon Garnica, left, for second place at the finish line of the Weber State Cross Country Invitational on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020, at Round Valley Golf Course in Morgan.

Weber State's track and field teams sent 10 athletes to compete in 11 events at the NCAA West regional meet held May 24-27 at Sacramento State.

Junior distance runner Bronson Winter qualified in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase to advance to the national championship meet held June 7-10 at the University of Texas.

Winter, a Fremont High alumnus, was the last of 12 qualifiers with a time of 8:38.92. He finished 13th overall but was third in his heat, earning him a bid (of the three races, the top three finishers in each heat qualified, plus the next three best times). He'll run a semifinal race on June 7 and, if he advances, the steeplechase final is June 9.

The winner of Winter's heat, and of all steeplechase runners in either regional meet, was Montana State's Duncan Hamilton. That's because he ran the second-fastest men's steeplechase time in NCAA history, the fastest time in the world this year and a Big Sky record at 8:16.23.

Jamison Wilkes and Billie Hatch were the next closest to qualifying. Wilkes was two seconds back in the men's steeplechase and Hatch was six seconds off the final qualifier in the women's 5,000 meters.

Here's how each Weber State athlete fared at the West regional listed by name, place and finish time or distance. Most events required a top-12 finish to qualify and advance.

WOMEN

3,000-meter steeplechase: Bailey Wall, 33rd, 10:20.71

5,000 meters: Billie Hatch, 15th, 15:55.80

10,000 meters: Rylie Lusk, 26th, 33:33.12; Billie Hatch, 35th, 34:05.24

Javelin: Alyssa Hansen, 44th, 136-04

MEN

110-meter hurdles: Caleb Whitney, 41st, 14.25

3,000-meter steeplechase: Bronson Winter, 13th, 8:38.92; Jamison Wilkes, 16th, 8:40.41

Javelin: Cody Canard, 24th, 212-05; Josh Trafny, 27th, 207-05

Long jump: Xakai Harry, 24th, 24-04.25

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