Pranka Finishes 10th in 400m Hurdles at NCAA Outdoor Championship

Drew Pranka '19 in the 400m hurdles.

GENEVA, Ohio — Senior Drew Pranka (Princeton, Ill./Princeton) of the Washington and Lee men's track and field team finished 10th out of 20 runners in the prelims of the 400m hurdles at the NCAA Division III Championship on Thursday at the SPIRE Institute. The top nine times advanced to Saturday's final.

Highlights From the Meet

  • Competing in the first of three heats, Pranka crossed the finish line in 53.65, which was the fourth-best time in his heat.
  • Sophomore Dallas Wright of Wartburg won the opening heat in 52.59 and had the second-fastest time overall. Junior Eddie Mahana of St. John Fisher had the top qualifying time (52.56), and junior Matt Hokanson of Wisconsin-Platteville secured the ninth and final spot in 53.33.
  • Pranka had the second-best time out of the competitors from the South/Southeast Region in the event, and he outperformed his seed slot, as he came into the event with the 17th-best time.
  • Pranka was the first runner in program history to compete in the 400m hurdles at the national championship, and he was also the first competitor at the outdoor meet for the Blue & White since 2017.
  • This marks the second straight Top 10 finish for a W&L men's track and field athlete at a national meet, as MacKenzye Leroy '18 took ninth in the mile at the 2018 Indoor NCAA Championship.

Top 10 Finishes
Senior Drew Pranka (10th) – 400m Hurdles (53.65)

Up Next
With Pranka's finish, this concludes the 2019 season for the Generals.

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