March 12, 2011
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - University of Connecticut track and field senior Mike Rutt (Sinking Spring, Pa.) had a solid race in the 800 meter run this evening, finishing second at the NCAA Championship. Rutt earned All-America honors after posting a 1:48.37.
"Mike executed his plan that he had for the race and he made a phenomenal move in the middle and was just out-leaned at the line," head coach Greg Roy said. "I couldn't ask for more from him after that race. He left it all out on the track and he ran like a champion. Mike is not only a great competitor but he is also a great person and a great leader. Everyone at UConn should be extremely proud of him and his accomplishment."
Rutt, who entered the race with the third best prelim time of 1:48.55, started the race in the back of the pack, but slowly made his push towards the front. After 200 meters, Rutt was in fifth place and quickly closed in on the top-four runners, making his move to the outside. At the 600 meter mark Rutt battled for position at the front of the pack, and eventually took the lead after 700 meters. The Sinking Spring, Pa. native held on to his position until the very end of the race when Alabama's Fred Samoei barely out-leaned him at the finish line.
Rutt and the Huskies will continue the outdoor season on April 2 when they participate in the LSU Invitational in Baton Rouge, La.
Men's NCAA Championship 800 Meter Run
Fred Samoei, Alabama - 1:48.33
Mike Rutt, Connecticut - 1:48.37
Michael Preble, Texas A&M - 1:48.89
Erik Sowinski, Iowa - 1:49.47
Harun Abda, Minnesota - 1:49.51
Chris Carrington, George Mason -1:50.03
Joe Abbott, Washington State - 1:50.14
Zach Beth, Wisconsin - 1:50.42