EUGENE, Ore. – Senior Craig Lautenslager put the finishing touches on his decorated UTA career with a 13th-place showing in the men’s 5000 meters at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Oregon’s historic Hayward Field.
Lautenslager’s finish is the highest ever by a UTA male in a distance event at the NCAA Championships. His 5k time of 14:43.36 was just eight seconds off the winning pace.
“Craig is undoubtedly one of the all-time Maverick greats,” coach John Sauerhage said. “His individual accomplishments and what he has done for his team and the distance program are unbelievable. We are so proud of him and thank him for everything he has done for UTA.”
Friday night marked Lautenslager’s first-ever appearance at an NCAA Track Championship. The product of Nelson, New Zealand, previously qualified for the 2016 NCAA Cross Country Championships in the fall, an individual achievement by a UTA athlete that had not occurred since 1998.
In 2017, Lautenslager established school records in both the 5000 meters (13:56.85) and 10,000 meters (29:00.59), and also posted the second-best 1500m time (3:46.91) in UTA history.
For his career, he was a two-time conference champion in the 10,000 meters, won the 5000 meters in both the indoor and outdoor seasons, claimed a 1500m league title and a cross country individual title. The Mavericks won a total of nine conference championships during his time in Arlington.
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