EUGENE, ORE. – In one of the fastest 400m NCAA semifinals ever, Steven Solomon of the Duke track and field team missed qualification in Friday’s final by one spot at Hayward Field on Wednesday evening.
Solomon came in as the ninth seed in the field and was looking to become the first Blue Devil to reach the NCAA final in the 400m. The Sydney, Australia native ran a season-best and Duke record time of 45.30 in the first heat. Unfortunately, that placed him in fourth in the heat.
Solomon still had a chance to qualify heading into the final two heats, but finished in ninth overall, missing the eight competitor final by a single spot. He finishes his Duke career as a two-time All-America selection, earning Second-Team All-America in the 400m during both the indoor and outdoor seasons.
He is also the Duke record holder in the indoor and outdoor 400m, the indoor 600m and helped set the school record in the outdoor sprint medley relay. Solomon found success at the ACC Championships, winning the gold at the outdoor meet and the bronze at the indoor edition. He also spent time representing his home country at the Commonwealth Games, reaching the final of the 400m.
Duke will continue competition at the NCAA Championships on Thursday with Laura Marty starting competition in the pole vault at 7:30 p.m. The Duke 4x400m relay team, consisting of India Lowe, MacKenzie Kerr, Brittany Aveni and Maddy Price will race in the semifinals starting at 10:18 p.m.