Hamilton College's Lucas Wright '21 competed in the men's 800-meter run at the 2019 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio, on Friday afternoon.
Wright finished 14th out of 20 athletes with a time of 1:52.61. He ran in the third heat, placing fifth. Wright's opening 400-meter split time of 52.91 seconds was the fastest in the field by nearly a full second. George Papoulis of UMass Dartmouth won Wright's heat with a time of 1:51.72. Kyler Lueck of the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire posted the fastest time of the preliminary heats in 1:51.16. The ninth and last qualifier for Saturday's final recorded a time of 1:52.27.
Wright was making his first appearance in the NCAA outdoor championships. He also competed for the first time at the indoor championships in the same event in March when he placed 17th in the 20-runner field with a time of 1:55.40. He earned all-NESCAC honors for finishing first in the 800 at the NESCAC championships and collected U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association all-Atlantic Region honors for boasting a season-best time of 1:50.51 at the West Point Twilight Meet on May 9 -- a time that was second-best in Division III going into the national meet.