National Champ! Carey Wins 800 Meter Run at NCAAs
May 24, 2014
DELAWARE, OH - Senior Andrew Carey capped off a storybook season at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Saturday afternoon, winning the 800 meter finals with a time of 1:50.62. Carey is the first-ever national champion in an individual event in Johns Hopkins men's track & field history, and head coach Bobby Van Allen was thrilled for his senior's success.
"It's so fitting to see Andrew's year end with a national title," said Van Allen. "He put himself in that elite stage and just kept going; his confidence was overwhelming and a large part of his success. I'm ready to see the next chapter in his running career."
Carey stayed with the front of the pack to start the race, and slowly made his move into the top spot through the first turn. The Belmont, MA native opened up his lead down the final 300 meters and held off a charging Mitchell Black (1:51.30) from Tufts through the last straight away to secure the victory.
In the preliminaries on Saturday, Carey broke his own Hopkins record with his first-ever sub 1:50.00 performance as he won his heat in 1:49.67. The time was the best for any Division III runner this season, and he carried that momentum into today to earn the top spot on the podium.
The win also earned Carey 10 points towards the Hopkins team score, and six points from freshman Andrew Bartnett's third place finish in the pole vault Friday gave JHU a program-best 16 points at the NCAA Championships. The Blue Jays finished tied for 18th overall in the team standings.
This is the first year the Hopkins men's track & field team produced two different All-Americans in the same season, and Carey has become the first-ever two-time All-American after finishing second in the 800 meter at the 2014 NCAA Indoor Championships.
Mount Union took home the first outdoor track team title in school history on the heels of its 4x400 relay team, which finished first in the final event of the day. The victory propelled the Raiders into the top spot with 47 points, while Wisconsin-Lacrosse took second with 42 points.