EUGENE, Ore.—The historic collegiate career of Pitt hurdler Desmond Palmer concluded with two All-America runs during the final day of men’s action at the 2017 NCAA Track & Field Championships on Friday evening at Oregon’s Hayward Field.
Palmer, who became the first Panther to advance to two NCAA finals in the same meet in at least 15 years, placed fifth in the 400-meter hurdles (49.63) and took seventh in the 110-meter hurdles (14.00) to earn the second and third first-team All-America trophies of his career.
Those finishes also garnered Pitt six NCAA men’s team points, placing the Panthers in a tie for 41st.
“It was amazing to run in two finals in front of this great crowd, but it’s also a bittersweet moment,” Palmer said. “It’s been an honor to run for Pitt, and I’m glad to finish my career as an All-American."
— Pitt TF/XC (@Pitt_TF_XC) June 10, 2017
Pitt track & field head coach Alonzo Webb praised the multifaceted impact that Palmer had on the Panthers’ program over the past few seasons.
“Desmond has meant so much to the program over the last four years,” said Webb. “He’s helped us in so many ways – on relays, scoring team points and with his leadership. He sets such a great example as an athlete, but more importantly as a person. He did everything we asked of him and was always doing whatever it took to help the team. He certainly left his mark on the program.”
Palmer finished his career as a four-time NCAA qualifier, three-time first team All-American and was also one of Pitt’s most decorated athletes of the beginning of the school’s ACC era, earning All-ACC numerous times, including five alone this season.
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