Men's 400-Meter Dash
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Notes: Thiel (Pa.) College senior Alex Eaton became a three-time All-American in the 400-meter dash as he won the 2010 national title in a stadium record time of 46.79 seconds. Eaton was runner-up last year and seventh in 2008. Gwynedd-Mercy College sophomore Dan Dunkleberger, who was seventh in 2009, finished second in a time of 47.00 and senior Luke Reschke of Monmouth (Ill.) was third in 47.06.
Alex Eaton Quotes
On using last year’s runner-up finish as motivation to become national champion this year: “Well, the motivation this year was mainly indoor, I was hurt all year and I took third indoor. I felt like I should have won indoor (400 meter run) and then seeing how everyone ran and knowing I should be up there further in the meet, it pushed me to work harder and practice for outdoor and stay healthy. ”
On his mindset entering today: “My mindset was I knew the two kids in front of me in (lane) four and five, I knew they were going to go out fast. My goal was to just stay with them, I know I’m strong, I know I could push it that last 200 (harder) than anybody so I just felt if I could just stay with them Id have a good chance to finish out that last 200 (meters). ”
400 Meter Dash Round 1, Heat 1 1 Luke Reschke, Sr, Monmouth College (Il) 47.12Q 2 Dan Dunkleberger, So, Gwynedd-Mercy College 47.42q 3 Patrick Jager, Sr, Univ of St. Thomas 48.56 4 Rick Wolke, So, Augsburg College 48.97 5 Eric Rhode, Sr, Bethel University(Mn) 49.42 Round 1, Heat 2 1 Alex Eaton, Sr, Thiel College 48.15Q 2 Marcus Fortugno, So, Univ of La Verne 48.50q 3 Mark Hughes, Sr, Illinois College 48.59 4 Dann Schneider, Jr, St. Norbert College 48.99 5 Gino Bisceglia, Jr, Cortland S U N Y 49.18 6 Ben Scheetz, So, Amherst College 49.23 Round 1, Heat 3 1 Justin Allen, Fr, Buffalo State 47.29Q 2 Korey Bucher, Sr, Manchester College 47.87q 3 Aric Hoeschen, Fr, Wisconsin La Crosse 48.25q 4 Chris Mastrosimone, Fr, Ithaca College 48.28q 5 Demetrius Rooks, Fr, Richard Stockton 48.62 6 Daniel McKinney, Fr, New York University 48.89 Final 1 Alex Eaton, Sr, Thiel College 46.79 Stadium record Was 46.90; DeWayne Stevens, Montclair State, 1993 2 Dan Dunkleberger, So, Gwynedd-Mercy College 47.00 3 Luke Reschke, Sr, Monmouth College (Il) 47.06 4 Justin Allen, Fr, Buffalo State 47.26 5 Chris Mastrosimone, Fr, Ithaca College 47.80 6 Aric Hoeschen, Fr, Wisconsin La Crosse 47.87 7 Marcus Fortugno, So, Univ of La Verne 48.07 8 Korey Bucher, Sr, Manchester College 48.35