Corprew 24th at USA Championships

Corprew 24th at USA Championships

DES MOINES, Iowa – Three school records, two conference championships, one All-America honorable mention and now a top-25 finish at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships. What a senior season it's been for Caleb Corprew.

The Belmont University athlete ran to 24th place during the first round of the 400-meter hurdles on Thursday at Drake University's Drake Stadium, the site of the USA Championships. He finished in 52.45 seconds as just the second active Bruin to ever compete at the national championships.

Corprew (Midwest City, Okla.) did not advance to Friday's event semifinals and has now concluded his decorated Belmont career. His final race as a Bruin, the first of four star-studded heats in the event, featured former Olympic medalist Bershawn Jackson and recent NCAA champion Eric Futch.

No active Belmont athlete has competed at the USA Championships since sprinter Lynette Rives in 2009. She finished 20th in the women's 200 meters that year.

Corprew was 20th in the 400 hurdles at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in May to earn an All-America honorable mention, but it was his performance at the NCAA East Preliminary Championships two weeks prior that earned him a spot among the United States' elites at the USA Championships. He ran 50.50, a Belmont record, to match the championships' qualifying standard.

Corprew was the Ohio Valley Conference gold medalist in both the 400- and 110-meter hurdles.

The Bruins' stay at the USA Championships isn't through though. Belmont Assistant Track Coach Joe Frye will compete in the hammer throw on Friday. It's his fourth appearance at nationals since the end of his days as a Bruin athlete from 2007-11.

The throwing begins at 3:20 p.m. (CDT) with 18 total athletes vying for a national title. Conor McCullough and Rudy Winkler, both members of Team USA during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, are among those entered in the event.

The hammer throw is being streamed live via NBC Sports Gold, an online subscription-based extension of the NBC Sports Network. Event results can also be viewed online in real time through the USA Track & Field website.

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