EUGENE, Ore. – BYU junior Curtis Carr set a lifetime best in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and finished fourth overall at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships on Friday.
Carr finished with a time of 8:40.87 and was the top American finisher in the race. The native of Nashville, Ind., scored five points for BYU to give the Cougars 10 team points. BYU is now tied for 13th overall on the team score leaderboard.
It was a tight race for spots four through 10 as there was less than a 5-second difference between Carr and the 10th-place finisher. Fifth-place Dakota Peachee was just 2.17 seconds behind Carr and 10th-place Jared Bassett finished 4.49 seconds after Carr.
Coming into the 2013 season, Carr had only broken the 9-minute mark in the steeplechase twice in his career. He did not break the mark this season until May 10 at the IC4A Championships when he finished sixth with a time of 8:56.39. He showed continued improvement at the NCAA West Preliminary when he finished with a time of 8:41.70.
The United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association will announce All-America teams next week.
Kyle Chilton is the director of media relations for BYU men's basketball. He can be reached at 801-422-4909, email@example.com or on Twitter @kylechilton.