Earlier today, Boston College senior Sean Burke qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championship, the first Eagle to do so in 20 years. The top 12 performers in each regional preliminary round advance to the NCAA Championship, and Burke finished 10th in the 10,000m, finishing at 29:04.51, a new personal best. He finished exactly 10 seconds before the 11th place finisher and just 6 seconds after the 9th place finisher. Burke was seeded 18th heading into the event.
The other qualifying athletes from the East Preliminary Round men’s 10,000m are: Gilbert Kigen (Alabama, 28:51.11), Adriaan Wildschutt (Coastal Carolina, 28:53.69), Brent Demarest (Virginia, 28:54.69), Nadeel Wildschutt (Coastal Carolina, 28:55.62), Lawrence Kipkoech (Campbell, 28:56.80), Azaria Kirwa (Liberty, 28:56.84), Ben Veatch (Indiana, 28:57.61), Frank Lara (Furman, 28:57.70), Paul Hogan (UMass Lowell, 28:58.43), Aaron Templeton (Furman, 29:14.51), and Iliass Aouani (Syracuse, 29:19.46).
Earlier this month, Burke placed third in the 10,000m with a time of 29:26.40. Prior to this year, Burke’s personal best in the 10,000m was 29:37:01, which he achieved at the 2017 Stanford Invitational.
Burke will compete in the Championship race on Wednesday, June 5 at the University of Texas in Austin.