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ST. PAUL, Minn. — One mistake early in the race may have cost Eastern Oregon's Sean Williams a victory.

The Mountaineer senior got boxed in early in Saturday's 1,500-meter final at the NCAA Division III National Outdoor Track and Field Championships, "then spent the rest of the race trying to get out of there," Eastern coach Ben Welch said.

Williams finished ninth in 3 minutes, 56.05 seconds, but not before he made an all-out attempt to retake the leaders.

Williams approached the leaders with 300 meters to go, "then the race busted open," Welch said.

"He went for the win. He gave it a good stab. That's why we went there, was to try to win it."

The winner, Mark Miller of Keane State, finished 5 1/2 seconds ahead of Williams.

"I'm proud of him for trying to win it," Welch said. "It would have been easy for him to go for fourth, fifth, sixth."

Williams came back and ran the 5,000, but tired legs put him in 15th place with a time of 16:09.39.

"That's the first time he's ever tried to do that double," Welch said. "He got in there and his legs were beat to pieces by the 1,500 and he didn't know how to handle it."

The 5K wasn't too fast or too slow, but "there's a pace in there where it's just not comfortable on tired legs."

The 5K was more for experience, Welch said; Williams has no more eligibility for cross country or indoor track, but can come back for one more outdoor season.

"He certainly learned a lot about championship racing, where everything's tough and tight and fast," Welch said.

NCAA Division III National Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Saturday, at St. Paul, Minn.

Eastern Oregon results


1,500 — 1, Mark Miller, Keane State College, 3:50.42; 9, Sean Williams, 3:56.05.

5,000 — 1, J.B. Haglund, Haverford College, 14:51.34; 15, Williams, 16:09.39.

NAIA National Outdoor Track and Field Championships

Saturday, at Olathe, Kan.

Winners and Eastern Oregon results


1,500 — 1, Sebastien Cosson, Life (Ga.), 3:49.16; 10, Dave Terry, 3:58.42.

Steeplechase — 1, George Ondimu, Life (Ga.), 9:02.99; 12, Ben Terry, 9:56.20.

Pole vault — 1, T.J. Kloster, Concordia (Neb.), 17-6.25; 9, Shawn Trimble, 14-8.

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