Graduate student Harry Fisher is moving on to the NCAA Championships. He qualified in the 800 meters last Friday at the NCAA West Preliminary.

Fisher became the first Wyoming track athlete to advance to the national meet in the six-year history of the current qualifying system. The previous two were both field event student-athletes.

Wyoming track coach Bryan Berryhill said in release from the university, "I thought Harry's race today (Friday) was phenomenal. He need to run a smart, strategic race and that's what he did,"

Fisher earned an automatic bid to Eugene, OR when he finished third place in his quarterfinal heat. His time was 1:48.78, which was third in his heat and the ninth-fastest in the quarterfinals in Austin, TX.

Fisher said in the release,

"I just tried to put myself in a good position from the start and hold onto that until the 600-meter mark and then see what I could do at the finish."

There was only one other member of Wyoming's contingent of 15 at the NCAA West Preliminary to finish among the top 20. That was sophomore Audra DeStefano in the steeplechase Friday night. She placed 20th in a time of 10:31.56.

The next step for Harry Fisher will be NCAA Championships June 10-13.