A mere seven-thousandths of a second separated first from third place in the 800 meters, with the wild finish highlighting the second day of the NEICAAA Championships, hosted by Dartmouth.
Dage Minors and his Franklin Pierce University Men's Track & Field teammates had two of the said top-three finishers in the event, as freshman Hugo Arlabosse won it, followed by graduate student Minors in third.
Despite running in two separate heats, Arlabosse and Minors wound up separated by just seven-thousandths of a second in the 800 meters, as both hit the NCAA Championships Provisional Qualifying mark in the process.
Despite running in the slower section of the event, Arlabosse laid down a season-best time of 1:50.00 to win the event and pick up 10 points. Meanwhile, Minors finished second, by a mere four-thousandths of a second, in his heat, with a mark of 1:50.07, which was good for third place overall, and six points.
Arlabosse's time is good enough to tie for 12th in the nation, while Minors still ranks sixth in the country, courtesy of his time at the Florida Relays at the end of March.
Not long after, both were also a member of the Ravens' 4x800-meter relay team, which finished third to pick up six more points. Arlabosse led off, followed by graduate student Jon Holmes and sophomore Tyler Hayes in front of Minors, who ran the anchor. Merely an hour after his 1:50.07 in the individual 800 meters, Minors posted a 1:49 split on the anchor, as the quartet put together a time of 7:39.99.
"The fact Dage ran 1:50 and 1:49 within an hour of each other is absolutely insane," said head coach Zach Emerson, to succinctly sum up the performance.