DELAWARE, Ohio -- University of Massachusetts Dartmouth senior Matt Hinthorne (Braintree, Mass.) completed his outstanding career at the 2014 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships this evening at the George Gauthier Track on the campus of Ohio Wesleyan University.
Making his debut at the national outdoor track and field meet, Hinthorne drew Lane No. 6 in the second heat of the 800-meter run. The senior from Braintree, Mass. covered the race in a time of one minute, 53.42 seconds to place third in his preliminary heat and 14th overall. Hinthorne was running in second place until the third turn of the final lap, when Bowdoin sophomore Jacob Ellis, the top overall seed, past him on the outside. He surged down the backstretch, but was unable to overtake Washington University freshman Deko Ricketts (1:52.74) for the final spot.
John Hopkins senior Andrew Carey will advance to the finals tomorrow afternoon with the fastest time in the preliminary round, tripping the timer at one minute, 49.67 seconds.
Hinthorne will depart UMass Dartmouth as one of the top runners in Corsair program history. He established four individual program records, while also combining to set four relay standards. Hinthorne recently broke the outdoor 800-meter run record at the 2014 New England Open Championships, when he crossed the finish line at one minute, 50.58 seconds.
Senior Brett Croteau (Rehoboth, Mass./Dighton-Rehoboth) will compete in the javelin event tomorrow afternoon during the third and final day of the 2014 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track and Field Championships.