Terre Haute, Ind. - March 13, 2009 - Steve Headley ran the fastest time in the 55 meter dash prelims on Friday evening in the 2009 NCAA Division III Men’s and Women’s Indoor Track and Field Championships. Headley, who crossed the finish line in 6.28 seconds, now advances to the finals which will be run on Saturday at 3:25 pm.
Headley, who ran in lane two in the first heat on Friday, blew away the competition in his heat as he won by .09 seconds. The 2009 New England Men's Track Athlete of the Year set a new Sports & Rec Center record with his time in the race.
The next two fastest times in the event came from the second heat as Delannie Spriggs from Salisbury University ran a 6.32 and Eric Bertelsen from Buena Vista University crossed the finish line in 6.34.
Headley entered the 55 meters with the fastest time in the country to date as he most recently clocked in a winning-time of 6.26 last weekend at the ECAC Championships. Last year, Headley finished fifth in the 55 meters at NCAA's as he ran a time of 6.36.