JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Nick Dahl and Allen Siegler competed fantastically in a high-quality NCAA 1500m Quarterfinal on Saturday evening, narrowly missing out on qualification to the National Championships in Austin.
There were two heats. To qualify the Bulldogs either had to finish in the top five in their heat or have one of the next two fastest times. Both were in the favorable second heat, meaning they knew what was required of them after watching the first athletes run. The first heat was won in a time of 3.49.34 – slower than any of the personal records in the second heat. Everyone knew they had the potential to qualify, and so the race went out incredibly quickly. Though Dahl, feeling the effects of his stunning effort on Thursday, dropped back slightly and finished in a respectable 12th, Siegler fought all the way to the line. He finished a cruel eight – both overall and in the heat – with another brilliant time of 3.48.69, merely a place from qualification.
Of course, in many ways, it is the toughest position to finish – so close and yet so far. However, for an athlete as driven, consistent and talented as Siegler, it could also be the experience he needs to break through to the next level and qualify for the National Championships in his senior year. Likewise, Dahl has two more years to build upon what he has learnt in Florida and continue to challenge at the highest standard with his devastating kick.
For now, though, they will take a much-needed break before venturing across the pond with Harvard to compete in the Harvard-Yale-Oxford-Cambridge competition in the United Kingdom in late June.
Results can be found here.
Report by Harrison Smith '22, Yale Sports Publicity