Senior Shane Bracken of the Saint Leo men’s track team traveled to Allendale, MI, to represent the Green & Gold at the 2021 NCAA Division II Outdoor Track & Field National Championship, which took place May 27–29.
While Bracken was seeking the Lions’ first individual title in track program history, he ended up receiving his second career outdoor track All–American honor and placing eighth in the final.
Bracken, who entered the championship with the second–fastest qualifying time, hovered between sixth and eighth throughout the entire race. The Foxford, Ireland, native completed the distance in 3:54.01—just a second off the winning pace of 3:52.95.
Bracken took eighth overall in his first appearance at the NCAA Championships in the 1500m in 2019, running 3:59.93, a time which would have netted him 12th in 2021.