University of Rochester junior Brian Lang competed in the NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships on the campus of Baldwin-Wallace College outside Cleveland, Ohio.
Lang, who hails from Baldwinsville, was seeded second in the men's 3,000-meter steeplechase, which was scheduled for 6:55 p.m. Friday May 28. There were 16 competitors in the race. This is the first NCAA track and field championship appearance for the athletes.
Lang ran a 9:05.24 in the steeplechase at the ECAC championships to qualify automatically. That was the no. 1 time in the nation until Chris Wirtz of Wisconsin-Eau Claire ran an 8:56.98. Four of the men in the 2010 race competed in last year's championship. Wirtz, who finished fourth a year ago, is the highest returning finisher.
Lang's goal was to become the fourth man in school history to earn All-America honors in the steeplechase. John Luther did it in 1981, Eric Lutz in 1982 and 1983, Tim Voloshen in 1995 and 1996. Lang was in Cleveland for nationals last fall. He qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championships.