BOSTON – Haverford College senior Greg Morgan took home the Division III national championship in the indoor 3,000-meter run on Saturday afternoon at the Reggie Lewis Center, finishing in a time of 8:14.71. Morgan becomes Haverford's 11th individual indoor champion and second straight champion in the 3,000 meters.
Haverford becomes the first program ever to have back-to-back champions in the men's indoor 3,000 meters as Morgan's feat replicated Dylan Gearinger's win in last season's 3,000 meter race in Birmingham, Ala. The Fords tied for 19th overall at the meet, with Morgan's performance giving 10 points towards the Haverford total.
Morgan entered the race as the top-seeded athlete and breezed in the prelims, finishing second in the faster of two heats. In Saturday afternoon's final, Morgan seemed content to stay with the middle of the pack before making a strong move in the latter third of the race to pull into second place. As the race headed towards its final laps, Morgan passed Lucas Mueller of Carleton and began to gain separation from the field, sprinting past the pack and eventually taking the victory by almost two seconds over cross country individual champion Dhruvil Patel of North Central (Ill.).
The Hollidaysburg, Pa. product becomes Haverford's fourth All-America performer in the event, joining Gearinger, Charlie Marquardt '16, and Chris Stadler '14.
Morgan has become one of Haverford's most decorated runners, adding his national championship and second consecutive indoor All-America certificate to a cross country All-America finish in the fall, and an outdoor mile All-America finish last spring. Morgan was named both the 2019 USTFCCCA Mideast Region Indoor Track Athlete of the Year and the Centennial Conference's 2019 Indoor Track Performer of the Year earlier this week.
North Central (Ill.) won the overall national team title, taking 55 points to clear defending champion Mount Union (OH), reversing last year's 1-2 finish.