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Mt. Spokane graduate John Dressel places 10th in men’s 10,000 meters at NCAA Championships

Mt. Spokane’s John Dressel leads the field around the track during the State 3A boys 3,200-meter run on May 30, 2015, in  Tacoma. Dressel won the event going away. (Patrick Hagerty / Patrick Hagerty)
Mt. Spokane’s John Dressel leads the field around the track during the State 3A boys 3,200-meter run on May 30, 2015, in Tacoma. Dressel won the event going away. (Patrick Hagerty / Patrick Hagerty)
From staff reports

AUSTIN, Texas – Colorado junior John Dressel (Mt. Spokane High) placed 10th in the men’s 10,000-meter run Wednesday as the NCAA Track and Field Championships began its four-day run at Mike A. Myers Stadium.

Dressel finished in 29 minutes, 32.38 seconds, the second-best mark for a Pac-12 Conference athlete. Dressel, who finished 1 1/2 seconds off an All-American mark, was running in third place with 1,600 left.

BYU senior Clayton Young won in 29:16.60, taking control with a sprint in the final 200 meters.

Washington State redshirt senior Brock Eager placed 12th in the hammer throw with an effort of 221 feet, 1 inch on his second attempt. Eager earned his third All-American honor as a Cougar.

Eager ranks third in WSU history at 235-10 3/4.

WSU junior Nick Johnson (Gonzaga Prep) finished 19th overall in the 110 hurdles preliminaries. Johnson, who finished in 14.01, did not advance.

Eastern Washington junior Keshun McGee fouled all three of his attempts in the men’s long jump.

“Keshun had a great first jump and by all appearances enough to get him easily into finals,” EWU coach Dave Nielsen said. “Unfortunately, it was a foul. There was a good but inconsistent breeze at the jumper’s back, so those who caught it right jumped great and those who didn’t struggled.”

McGee’s final jump was declared a foul after a camera review.

McGee is set to compete Friday in the triple jump.

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