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Smeeton podiums, Hentemann earns All-American honors in Eugene

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Ryan Smeeton had one hurdle left. 

Competing in the men's 3000m steeplechase final at the NCAA D1 Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday, Smeeton lunged over the final hurdle, but caught his right foot on the hurdle. 

He tumbled to the ground and quickly returned to his feet, but his hopes of winning the race ended.

In the final lap he had closed the distance between himself and Middle Tennessee State's Kigen Chemadi and Minnesota's Alec Basten, even overtaking Basten for second place momentarily before Smeeton tripped. 

Smeeton finished third, with a time of 8:30.70, the best of his season. 

In the women's 5,000 meters final, Gabby Hentemann finished 24th, earning an honorable mention on the All-American honor. 

She finished the race last, with a time of 16:56.70.

As a freshman, Hentemann had earned a spot in the 5,000 meters, placing after her best personal performance in the NCAA West Regional Preliminary Championships. 

Smeeton and Hentemann were the only OSU athletes to make it to the finals in their respective competitions. 

The outdoor season for the sport ended Saturday, but Isai Rodriguez, Ashton Hicks and Aaliyah Birmingham will return to Eugene for the U.S. Olympic Trials taking place from June 18-27. 

International students will be doing to same for their respective countries Olympic Trials and other summer competitions. 

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