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McBride, Griesche Begin Quest For National Titles

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Sophomores Cornelia Griesche and Brandon McBride are in Eugene, Ore., this week for the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Photo Courtesy of Madeleine Takahashi

STARKVILLE, Miss. – No one has been better in the 800-meter run all year than Brandon McBride. And this week, his goal is to make sure that feat doesn’t change.

Wednesday, McBride and Cornelia Griesche begin their quest for individual titles at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Oregon’s historic Hayward Field.

For McBride, a sophomore from Windsor, Ontario, he’s going for the sweep. The SEC champ also won the national indoor crown back in March.

“I think I’ve done everything I can to put myself in position to win,” he said. “It’s going to be tough, because the competition is going to be great. I’ve prepared, and now it’s time to give it all I have.”

McBride, who owns the top time of 1:45.35, will take to the track Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. CT in the semifinals, with the top eight advancing to the finals, slated for 7:15 p.m. on Friday.

Griesche, a sophomore from Ingolstadt, Germany, is making her first appearance on the national the scene.

She punched her ticket after placing 11th at the East prelims with a time of 10:08.87.

“I’m so excited to be going to the national championships,” Griesche said. “It’s always been my dream to go there, and I can’t believe it’s actually happening.”

Her semifinal round is set for 8:45 p.m. Wednesday, with the finals scheduled for 7:35 p.m. on Friday.

Fans can follow all the action through live scoring online at or on twitter at @HailStateTF. In addition, ESPN3 will handle coverage on Wednesday and Thursday, with ESPNU doing the broadcast on both Friday and Saturday.


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