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June 12, 2014

OVC TRACK: Hesselbjerg advances at NCAAs

RICHMOND — EKU junior Ole Hesselbjerg cruised to a second-place finish in his heat of the men’s 3,000-meter steeplechase semifinals on Thursday night at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.

In doing so, Hesselbjerg automatically advanced to the finals of the event, which will be held  at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Hesselbjerg recorded a time of 8:43.19 in the race, defeating runners from Oklahoma, Virginia, Wisconsin and Louisville. The Charlottenlund, Denmark native and three-time Ohio Valley Conference steeplechase champion looked smooth and relaxed as he and event favorite Anthony Rotich (UTEP) pulled away from the pack late in the race.

Hesselbjerg finished seventh in the finals of the steeplechase at last year’s NCAA Championships, earning First-Team All-America honors.

EKU senior Soufiane Bouchikhi is also competing at the premiere event in all of college track and field. Bouchikhi will race in the finals of the men’s 5,000 meters on Friday night at 9:10 p.m.

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