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So close: Brill finishes ninth in steeplechase at NCAA championships


June 14, 2014

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EUGENE, Ore.-- Wisconsin senior Alex Brill, in his final race donning the Cardinal and White, finished ninth in the 3000 steeplechase at the NCAA Outdoor Championships on Saturday to earn second-team All-America honors.

The finish was not ideal for Brill, as the senior had aspirations for a top-eight finish, which would have guaranteed him first-team All-America honors, a recognition he has not earned during his career.

Brill was in seventh with just over 200 meters to go, but he ended up falling face first into the water pit as Northern Arizona's Caleb Hoover and New Hampshire's John Prizzi passed him to round out the final eight finishers.

The Wisconsin senior finished the race with a time of 8:49.17, as Anthony Rotich of UTEP defended his NCAA title with a time of 8:32.21. Stanley Kebenei of Arkansas also fell in the last 200 meters and finished second in 8:35.27.

"I was in good position," Brill said. "I was in the top-eighth, where I wanted to be. I was in seventh heading into the last water barrier and I fell. My spikes right at the top of the barrier, I don't think that my shoe even hit it, but it was the pins. I just grazed it and landed in the water and unfortunately got passed by two guys."

Brill started off the race towards the back of the pack, but worked his way towards the leaders with five laps to go. The UW senior was as high as sixth before settling into seventh until the final water pit.

It marks the second time in his career that Brill earned second-team All-America honors, as the Madison, Wisconsin, native was 14th in the steeplechase last year.

The 2013 Big Ten champion in the steeplechase, Brill clocked the school's seventh-best time in the steeplechase in 2012 with a time of 8:37.62.

"I had a great career here," Brill said. "I'm happy with everything I accomplished, but this was a tough way to end it."

The Badgers finished the four-day meet tied for ninth with Arkansas with 20 team points. Oregon won the title with 88 points.

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