Burnstein and Surtees Earn All-America Honors in 10,000-Meter
Berea, Ohio, May 27, 2010 – Members of the Washington University in St. Louis men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams began competition at the 2010 NCAA Division III Outdoor Championships on Thursday, May 27, at The George Finnie Stadium in Berea, Ohio. Junior Taryn Surtees, who placed eighth in the women’s 10,000-meter run, and sophomore Michael Burnstein, who was seventh in the men’s 10,000, highlighted the first day of performances.
Surtees earns All-America honors in the 10,000-meter for the second year in a row; she was a third-place finisher in the event a year ago. She posted a time of 36:38.67 in Thursday evening’s final, marking the fifth time in her career she notched track and field All-America honors, and the seventh time overall including her cross country performances.
Burnstein completed the 10,000 with a time of 31:04.62, earning outdoor track and field All-America accolades for the first time in his career. He entered the men’s 10,000 field ranked 12th on the performances list. Junior Dave Spandorfer also competed in the 10,000, narrowly missing an All-America finish of his own. Spandorfer finished ninth with a time of 31:21.90.
With scores in the men’s and women’s 10,000-meter races, after a single day of competition the WUSTL men are tied for 25th overall in the team standings with two points, while the women’s team is tied for 29th place with a point from Surtees’ eighth-place run.
The WUSTL women’s outdoor team had a pair of competitors in the 1,500-meter preliminaries, with sophomore Liz Phillips advancing on to the final. Phillips posted a preliminary time of 4:35.06, which ranked seventh among the 12 competitors who advance to Saturday’s final. Senior Molly Schlamb also ran in the 1,500, but her time of 4:41.39 ranked 15th overall.
Junior Ben Harmon rounded out the first day of competitors for Washington University, ranking 12th in the decathlon through five events. Harmon finished fourth in the field of 15 in the decathlon long jump with a distance of 6.80 meters, good for 767 points. His season-best time of 51.07 in the 400-meter was the sixth-best mark, and he was also ninth in the 100-meter, posting a season-best mark of 11.35, and ninth in the high jump, clearing 1.88 meters.
Harmon is looking to garner All-America honors in the decathlon for a third year in a row, following a fifth-place finish in 2008 and a fourth-place finish in 2009.
The Washington University men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams will continue competition at the 2010 NCAA Outdoor Championships on Friday, May 28, beginning at 11 a.m. (ET).