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For the first time since 1986, San Jose State qualified athletes for the NCAA Championships.
May 25, 2018
Sacramento, Calif.—– Jose Pina became the first San Jose State University student-athlete to compete in NCAA Championships in two different sports in many years when he finished 41st in the 10,000 meters at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships West Preliminary Round meet.
A junior from San Jose’s Lincoln High, Piña raced in the 2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country Championships in Terre Haute, Ind.
Junior Craig Huff joined Piña at the NCAA’s West preliminary round meet as San Jose State had men’s entries at a NCAA track and field championship meet for the first time since 1986. Huff finished 36th in the men’s steeplechase.
“Craig ran a really tough race. He’s been battling some injuries. He’s going to come back stronger next year and this will not be a novel experience for him. He knows what he has to do and he can run right up there with the leaders next year,” said San Jose State director of track and field Jeff Petersmeyer about Huff’s race.
“The leaders (in his heat) went out a little slow. Once they aid the hammer down on the last few laps, it was tougher to stay up there.”
NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships West Preliminary Round
Hornet Stadium, Sacramento, Calif.
San Jose State results only
Men’s 10,000 meters – 41, Jose Piña, 30:37.05.
Men’s 3,000 meter steeplechase – 36, Craig Huff, 9:03.88.