LA CROSSE, Wisc. – Nathan Bruno (Lenox, Mass.) made history on Saturday night in Wisconsin, when he became Emmanuel College's first-ever student-athlete to earn All-American honors in Track & Field. Bruno raced to a 6th place finish in the men's 400 meter hurdle finals at the NCAA Division III Track & Field National Championships, held at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse.
Racing on the outside in lane nine, Bruno busted out of the blocks and held a sizable lead for three quarters of the race. The field made up the stagger in the final turn, but Bruno held on to top three of his eight competitors to take 6th place overall with a time of 52.43 and earn All-America honors.
The junior sensation had previously finished 8th out of the field of 20 competitors on Thursday evening in the NCAA preliminaries to advance to Saturday's finals, ranked 8th out of the advancing nine.
Bruno now makes history as Emmanuel's first-ever Track & Field All-American and fourth in any sport. The College previously had just three other student-athletes earn All-America honors, including Lesa Dennis ('88) a Kodak All-American in women's basketball, Curtis Abram ('10) an American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-American in men's volleyball and Fiona O'Dwyer ('13) a D3hoops.com All-American in Women's Basketball.
Bruno's All-American performance in the national 400mH championship is a perfect finish to his record-breaking junior year, which included a New England Division III Championship, four All-ECAC performances, four All-New England performances, three Emmanuel Most Valuable Performer honors and setting eight new Emmanuel College program records during the 2012-13 indoor and outdoor seasons.
Congratulations to Nate and to the entire EC Track & Field program on a historic and record-breaking season!
Final results of the men's 400mH Division III National Championship:
- Tyler Mettile, So. (Mount Union) 51.24
- Demetrius Rooks, Sr. (Rowan) 51.69
- Luke Campbell, Fr. (Salisbury) 51.82
- Ethan Freet, Sr. (Ohio Wesleyan) 52.08
- Matthew Curtis, Jr. (Rutgers-Camden) 52.39
- Nathan Bruno, Jr. (Emmanuel) 52.43
- Davis Volan, So. (Augustana) 53.04
- Corey Wilch, Jr. (Wisconsin-Oshkosh) 55.61
- Jabulani Blyden, Sr. (Williams) 58.19