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Lobo Prouse runs strong, advances to NCAA steeplechase final

New Mexico’s Charlotte Prouse, center, competes Thursday in an NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships steeplechase qualifier in Eugene, Oregon. Prouse finished third in her heat and advanced to Saturday’s final. (Courtesy of UNM/Richard Ceronie)

EUGENE, Ore. — The University of New Mexico track and field team’s Charlotte Prouse has advanced to the final round of the 3,000-meter steeplechase at the NCAA Championships after running a personal-best mark of 9 minutes, 37.05 seconds in Thursday’s semifinal round. Prouse finished third in her heat and fifth overall. The final is Saturday at 4:24 p.m. MT.

Lobos Jamari Drake and Amelia Mazza-Downie will also be competing on Saturday in the high jump and 5,000 meters, respectively. Women’s high jump is tabbed to start at 3:30 p.m. MT, and the 5,000 at 5:55 p.m. MT.

Prouse started off hot and sat in the top-five in her heat through the entirety of the race. In the last two laps, Prouse made a move to fourth place before kicking it once more in the final lap for a third-place finish. She will be pursuing her first national championship in the race after finishing as runner-up in the last two Championships.

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