June 10, 2007
Senior Tetlo Emmen ran a school record 1:47.60 in the 800 meters in the `B' section of the Prefontaine Classic Saturday at the University of Oregon. Emmen's time currently ranks him 19th in the nation and would have placed him second at Saturday's NCAA Championship meet. Emmen's resume at UCSB includes 2004 NCAA West Region Champion and 2005 NCAA All-American but was missing the school record. The lack of a school record was because Emmen's personal best of 1:46.89 in the 800 meters came in 2006 while red-shirting, so it took Saturday's time of 1:47.60 to break Ryan Locklin's 2000 school record of 1:47.73.
The last time Emmen traveled to Eugene for the NCAA Regionals he missed making the NCAA Championships, despite qualifying for the championships in 2004 and 2005. Saturday the senior traveled north, solo this time, to compete in a last chance qualifier for the USA National Championships. In what could have been his last meet as a Gaucho, Emmen took full advantage of the finishing third in a 16-person field of professional runners. On June 20 Emmen will once again be traveling to compete in the USA Track and Field Championships, where he made the semi-finals in 2006, but this time he competes in a UCSB uniform.