Saucier '18 kicks off NCAA men's outdoor track & field meet

Eli Saucier '18 (Michael P. Doherty photo)
Eli Saucier '18 (Michael P. Doherty photo)

Hamilton College's Eli Saucier '18 competed in the men's 200-meter dash at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse's Roger Harring Stadium at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex on Thursday afternoon.

Saucier finished 19th out of 20 athletes with a time of 22.48 seconds running out of lane No. 5 in the second heat and did not qualify for Saturday's final. University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point's Calden Wojt finished first in Saucier's heat with a time of 21.99 seconds, and Benedictine University's Jordan Johnson posted the fastest time of the preliminary heats in 21.78 seconds. The ninth and last qualifier for the final recorded a time of 22.15 seconds.

Saucier is making his first appearance in the NCAA outdoor championships after he qualified for the 2018 national indoor meet in the 200 meters. He earned all-NESCAC honors for finishing first in the 200 at the NESCAC outdoor championships, and collected U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's all-Atlantic Region honors for boasting a school-record time of 21.47 seconds at the All-Atlantic Region Track & Field Conference outdoor championships on May 17.

Saucier will run in the 100-meter dash preliminary heats on Friday, May 25 at 4:30 p.m. Central time.