(Nashville, Tenn.) Zach Ripley couldn't have asked for a
better race Saturday night as he ran a lifetime best in the 3000 meter steeple
chase at the Music City Distance Carnival in Nashville, TN. His time of 8:41.74 not only bettered the US
Olympic Trial "B" standard of 8:45.00, but earns Ripley his first ever trip to
a US major championship.
Ripley, who graduated from Cornerstone in 2010, was a seven
time All-American and NAIA Outdoor National Champion in the 3000 meter steeplechase
his senior year. His time currently
ranks him 33rd on the US list, according to
The race included some of the top steeplers in the world,
including Ben Bruce (Adidas) and Anthony Famiglietti (Reckless Running), both
ranked top 20 in the US. Bruce won and
broke the meet record with a winning time of 8:26.08. He also bettered the US
Olympic Trial "A" Standard. Nine runners
hit at least hit "B" standard in the race, Ripley took eight overall.
Ripley is still coached by Cornerstone men's distance coach
Nate Van Holten and plans to run again in two weeks at the American Milers Club
High Performance Series in Indianapolis, IN.
Click here for complete results for the Music City Distance Carnival