PUEBLO, Colo.(KWSN) – Travis Beniak and Henrik Holmberg each placed top-eight in their events to earn two more All-America Honors for Augustana on day two of the NCAA Track and Field Championships. Beniak took fourth in the 3000-meter steeplechase while Holmberg held on in the men’s decathlon for a seventh-place point total. Beniak exorcised some demons with his event win in the steeplechase after qualifying two times previously and coming up one spot short each time. With 700 meters left in the race, Beniak sat in all-too-familiar ninth place but wouldn’t go away empty handed for a third time. Erasing two runners before the final lap began, Beniak had assured himself a top eight spot, but wasn’t finished. In the final turn and down the home stretch, Beniak picked off three more runners and moved into fourth place with a final time of 9:16.53. Harald Karbo also earned a spot in the final, but the freshman came up short and finished in 11th place. Holmberg entered day two of the men’s decathlon in good position, fifth, and just 80 points behind third. Despite a good first day, Holmberg needed to weather a day-two regimen that has given him fits in the past. The junior import did just that and finished with 6,749 points and a seventh place finish. Holmberg opened with a 15.45-second 110-meter hurdles worth 796 points. In the discus throw that plagued many competitors’ day, Holmberg came away with 589 points from a 36.24-meter (118-10) toss. Pole vault had been the event that caused the most problems for the Vik, Norway native in the past, but Holmberg countered by clearing a personal-best 3.90 meters (12-9.25) and earning 590 points to stay in the thick of the overall standings. Holmberg tallied 494 more points in the javelin throw with a 43.59-meter (143-0) throw. In the final event, Holmberg was graced with a large enough margin that he ran the 1,500-meter event with ease and came in seventh. Holmberg clocked a 5:18.53 in his four laps and came away with his second All-American finish in a multi-event. Aaron Jung is set to close out the NCAA Championships for Augustana as he will compete in the men’s shot put beginning at 12:30 p.m. tomorrow, May 25.
Courtesy Augustana College