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MSUB's Peterson chasing 'mile'-stone at NCAA Championships

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MSUB senior Robert Peterson is chasing a mile title this weekend at the NCAA Division II Indoor Track and Field Championships. 

The championships are Friday and Saturday at the Robert W. Plaster Center on Pittsburg State University's campus. Pittsburg State University and the Crawford County Convention & Visitors Bureau will serve as co-hosts.

Peterson is set to run the first heat at 3:15 p.m. Mountain time Friday. Portions of the championships will be streamed live on NCAA.com.

Last year at the national championships, Peterson placed 10th overall with a time of 4:11.29, missing the cut for the finals by one spot. He finished seventh in his heat with the seventh fastest time overall, but at the championships two heats are run with the top-3 from each advancing to the finals along with the next three fastest times.

Peterson is the MSUB indoor record holder in the men’s mile with his qualifying time of 4:07.67 which he ran at the Seattle Pacific Final Qualifier.  The graduate of Skyview High School became the first track and field All-American for MSU Billings last year with his trip to the national meet. This season he reclaimed his Great Northwest Athletic Conference title in the mile (which he won in 2014) with a photo-finish at the line in 4:10.13.

A total of 540 participants, 270 men and 270 women, will compete in the championships. Student-athletes qualified for the championships by reaching the automatic and provisional standards established for each event. 

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