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Badgers go 3-for-3 in 1500 meters

Finnerty_Rob_BT_Out_10_Blog.jpgThings went about as well as they could have for the Wisconsin men's track and field team in the 1,500 meters Thursday at the NCAA preiminary round in Austin, Texas.

The Badgers saw seniors Craig Miller and Jack Bolas and redshirt freshman Rob Finnerty each advance through to the quarterfinals of the 1,500 with strong runs in their first-round races.

Miller clocked in second-fastest overall in the 48-runner field, clocking a 3:42.82 that trailed only the 3:42.76 laid down by Oregon junior A.J. Acosta. Miller now looks to finish among the top 12 in Saturday's quarterfinal to earn a spot at the NCAA outdoor championships in June -- where he can chase an eighth career All-America honor.

Bolas moved through to the quarterfinals with a time of 3:44.00, while Finnerty -- a first-time NCAA qualifier -- wasn't far back in 3:44.10.

Interestingly, the Badgers' three qualifiers for the quarterfinals are more than all other Big Ten teams combined, with Iowa's Jeff Thode and Minnesota's Ben Blankenship also advancing.