March 15, 2014

Tallman Claims Third in 400m at NCAA Indoor T&F Championship

LINCOLN, Neb. — Washington and Lee senior Zander Tallman (Grand Blanc, Mich./Cranbrook-Kingswood) finished third in the 400m at the NCAA Division III Men's Indoor Track and Field Championship on Saturday hosted by Nebraska Wesleyan.

Tallman competed in the first of two finals heats, and took second in his race with a time of 48.09. It ended up being the third-fastest time out of eight competitors in the two heats. Sophomore Tom Sippie of Lynchburg claimed first with a time of 47.86, while junior Joseph Jensen of Hamilton took second in 48.03. 

With the finish, Tallman earned All-America honors for the first time in his career, and became the first W&L men's track and field athlete to receive All-America recognition since Mike Neer in 1969. Tallman's All-America accolade is also the first at an Indoor National Championship for a W&L men's track and field athlete.

With the time of 48.09, Tallman also broke his own W&L school record. Since the 2014 NCAA Division III Indoor Track and Field Championship was held on a 200m banked track, any time in a race at or over 200m has to be converted to a 200m flat track time for W&L record keeping purposes. Tallman's time after the conversion was 48.86, which bested his previous record of 49.06 set on February 11, 2012.

The third-place finish generated six team points for the Blue and White, and the Generals sit tied for 20th through nine events scored at the championship.

Washington and Lee begins the outdoor portion of its schedule this weekend when it hosts the W&L Carnival on Friday and Saturday.

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