Saucier ’18 caps historic Buff & Blue career at NCAA Championships

Eli Saucier '18 (Brett Hull photo)
Eli Saucier '18 (Brett Hull photo)

Following a three-hour rain delay, Hamilton College's Eli Saucier '18 wrapped up his career in Friday's preliminaries of the men's 100-meter dash at the 2018 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field Championships at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse's Roger Harring Stadium at Veterans Memorial Field Sports Complex.

Saucier placed 19th in the 20-runner field, finishing with a time of 11.16 seconds. He ran in the first of three heats, placing seventh. Defending national champion Parker Witt of University of Wisconsin-Whitewater finished first in Saucier's heat with a time of 10.83 seconds, and Birmingham-Southern College's Jamal Watkins posted the fastest time of the preliminary heats in 10.80 seconds. The ninth and last qualifier for the final recorded a time of 10.918 seconds.

Saucier also finished 19th out of 20 athletes with a time of 22.48 seconds in the 200 meters on Thursday afternoon.

Saucier was making the first appearance of his Hamilton career at the NCAA outdoor championships, a career that owns seven school records. He holds indoor records in the 60 meters (6.96), 200 meters (21.75) and 1,600-meter relay (3:20.79). His outdoor records include the 100 meters (10.69), 200 meters (21.47), 400 meters (48.96) and 400-meter relay (42.43). Saucier also made his first appearance at the indoor championships this past March, placing ninth in the 15-runner field of the 200 meters.

Saucier -- a three-sport athlete competing for the Continentals in football and indoor and outdoor track & field -- earned all-NESCAC honors for finishing first in the 100 meters and second in the 200 at the NESCAC championships. He also captured U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association's all-Atlantic Region honors in the 100 meters for recording a school-record time of 10.64 seconds at the NESCAC championships and in the 200 meters with another school record of 21.47 seconds at the All-Atlantic Region Track & Field Conference outdoor championships.