Claremont, Calif. - Gustavus Adolphus senior track and field athlete Steve Groskreutz (Faribault, Minn.) is moving on to the finals of the 400-meter hurdles after placing eighth in the preliminaries of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Thursday afternoon. The NCAA Championships are being held on May 24-26 at Fritz B. Burns Stadium on the campus of Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.
Groskreutz turned in a career-best time of 53.37 in heat one of the prelims on Thursday, earning a place in the top-nine and setting himself up for a chance to earn All-American status in the 400-meter hurdles.
The senior Faribault native came into the NCAA Championships ranked No. 20 in the nation with a qualifying time of 53.41. The runner to beat on Saturday is Demetrius Rooks of Rowan who ran a top time of 51.79 on the opening day of the national meet.
Steve Groskreutz will run in lane nine in the finals set to take place on Saturday at 4:55 p.m. For complete results and live updates from the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships, please follow the link below.