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Men's Cross Country - Tue, Mar. 23, 2010

Luke Garnett was just hoping to finish his first half-marathon in one hour and 16 minutes. However, he blew his expectations away this past December when he finished almost five minutes better than his goal, and also won the race.

Luke Garnett was just hoping to finish his first half-marathon in one hour and 16 minutes. However, he blew his expectations away this past December when he finished almost five minutes better than his goal, and also won the race.

The senior ran the 13.2 miles in 1:11.54, besting his closest competition by almost two minutes - 1:13.34.

"It was the first time I ever ran more than a 10k (6.2 miles)," Garnett said. "It is a whole different ball game."

The race was Dec. 12 and Garnett was just coming off cross country nationals. He was going to use the race in Kiawah Island, S.C., as a way to qualify for track and field nationals. He continued his training and increased his distances, but was only expecting to hit the B standard. There are two ways to qualify for nationals in track and field: meet the A standard (an automatic qualification) or the B standard (a provisional qualification).

The B standard for 13.2 miles is 1:16.00; the A standard is 1:14.00. So Garnett's time, more than two minutes under the A standard, secures him his first national competition for track and field. He has twice qualified for cross country.

"For track and field it is a bit different," Garnett said. "There are several opportunities to qualify for nationals. This race I ran was before the season even started, so now I can just focus on the season and not worry about trying to qualify."

 
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