Lane qualifies for NCAA final in 1,500 meters

May 22, 2014

Jani Lane RunningWhen it comes to running the 1,500 meters, nobody does it at Michigan Tech better than Anchorage’s Jani Lane.

The sophomore owns four of the five fastest times, including a school record 3:46.53 posted earlier this season.

Now he has a chance to give the school a national title.

Lane qualified for the 1,500 final at the NCAA D2 Track and Field Championships in Michigan after finishing fourth in the first heat of the prelims.

He ran a 3:55.61, the fifth fastest time in Michigan Tech history.

“Jani’s heat was the slower of the two, but he had to kick it in during the final lap to stay in the top four,” his coach Joe Haggenmiller told reporters. “It was a little nerve-wrecking for us coaches and his parents watching down here, but he knew what he was doing and accomplished the coach for the day.”

Lane, of Service High fame, will race in the 1,500 NCAA final Saturday.