June 7, 2012
DES MOINES, Iowa - Sophomore Rich Peters advanced to the final of the 1500m run at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday night at Drake Stadium on the campus of Drake University.
Peters finished fourth in the second of two heats with a school-record time of 3:42.69 to automatically qualify for Saturday's final, which will take place at 12:17 p.m. The top five runners in each heat, plus the next two fastest times, advanced to the final. Peters was just 12 hundredths of a second behind the winner, Erik van Ingen of Binghamton (3:42.57). His time broke the previous school record of 3:42.90, set by Are Nakkim in 1986.
The Bristol, England, native paced himself well throughout the race and entered the final lap near the back of the 12-man pack. However, Peters ran the final 400m faster than any of his other competitors in the heat, as he completed the exciting final lap in 55.32 seconds.
Peters has had great success at NCAA championship events, as he was the national runner-up in the mile at the indoor championships earlier this year. He was also an All-American during the 2011 indoor season.