Lindgren Provisionally Qualifies In Record Breaking Time
Saturday, May 15, 2010
Posted by: Regents Sports Information
NAPERVILLE, Ill. – For most college athletes, an individual conference championship means they can turn their sights to the NCAA regional events. The path to nationals is a bit different for track and field athletes, who must achieve qualifying times at any meet during the season to continue their seasons. That is the case for Rockford college senior Matt Lindgren (Oak Forest, Ill./ Oak Forest).
Last Saturday, Lindgren had a dominant performance at the Northern Athletics Conference outdoor track meet. Lindgren solidified his spot at the conference’s best 800 meter and 1500 meter runner by winning both events. For most athletes that would have been enough. But not for Lindgren.
On Friday, Lindgren fought to continue his collegiate career with a record shattering performance at the Dr. Keeler Invitational at North Central College. The event is one of several designed to allow athletes additional opportunities to meet national qualifying times.
Lindgren finished 9th out of 91 runners in the 1500 meters in a time of 3:54.21, shattering his own school record by over five seconds. More importantly, Lindgren cracked the NCAA provisional qualifying time of 3:54.5, meaning that he is on a waiting list of sorts for the NCAA Division III Championships. He is the first athlete in the history of the Rockford College track program to provisionally qualify for the NCAA meet.
The senior will return to North Central’s track again on Friday in an attempt to reach the automatic qualifying time of 3:50.6, the equivalent of a 4:05.97 mile.