Bloomington, Ind. -- Citadel sophomore Brunson Miller fell just short of advancing to the national quarterfinals after posting a time of 48.19 seconds in the 400 meters in the preliminary round of the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships East Regional on Thursday.
Miller finished in 29th place out of 47 competitors, missing the top-24 qualifying mark by two-tenths of a second.
"We both were disappointed with today's outcome, but he did the best he could," said Citadel coach Jody Huddleston. "It was raining, 56 degrees with windy conditions; just not great for any of the runners. The weather did not work out for us today. Brunson is just a sophomore, and we plan to come back two more times. It was a good experience for him and it gives us something to build on for the future. He had a good season. Although it was not the outcome we wanted, he still ended on a good note."
Said Miller: "I am disappointed. It was my goal to make it through this round, but it just wasn't my day. All I can do is build motivation for next year. Next year, my junior season, is the year to start doing better things."
The Murrells Inlet native concluded his sophomore campaign with three Southern Conference titles, with the crown in the 400 in both the indoor and outdoor championship, as well as with the 4x400 relay team during the indoor season.
The three titles extended Miller's collection to a total of six in two seasons in a Citadel uniform.