OXFORD, Ohio – For the third time in his professional career, former Miami track standout Dan Huling will run for Team USA at the IAAF World Championships, as he competes for his country Aug. 10-18, 2013 in Moscow, Russia.
Huling (’06) qualified in the 3000m steeplechase, as he did in his first two World Championships. He, along with U.S. teammates Evan Jager and De’Sean Turner, will run in the 3000m steeplechase prelims on Monday, Aug. 12 at 2:10 a.m. ET/10:10 a.m. in Russia. Should he advance to the final, Huling would run again on Thursday, Aug. 15 at 12:20 p.m. ET/8:20 p.m. in Russia. A total of 44 athletes from 21 countries will compete in the 3K steeplechase with the top four finishers in each of the three heats, along with the next three fastest times overall, advancing to the final.
Huling punched his ticket to Moscow by qualifying for the U.S. Track & Field Team at the 2013 USA Track & Field Championships on June 23. Huling placed second out of 14 finalists in the 3K steeplechase national championship in Des Moines, Iowa in a season-best time of 8:22.62, behind only Jager. The 30-year-old Huling is the only American to have qualified for each of the last three World Championships in the steeplechase.
At the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, Huling finished 24th in the steeplechase as the top American finisher, crossing in 8:34.70. Like this year, Huling was runner-up in the 3K steeplechase at the 2011 U.S. Championships but won the U.S. steeplechase national title in 2010 with a time of 8:27.87 to become the first RedHawk to win a track national championship in 40 years. He also posted his personal-best time in 2010, clocking 8:13.29, which was the fastest time by an American that year.
At the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany, Huling was again the top American finisher in the steeplechase, placing 32nd in the prelims. The Geneva, Ill., native, who now resides in Columbus, Ohio, was also named the 2009 North American Steeplechase Runner of the Year by All-Athletics.com after placing second at the U.S. National Championships for the first time.
Huling, who competed for the RedHawks from 2002-06, certainly left his mark at Miami as well, as he still owns four Miami indoor records (1,500m, the mile run, 3,000m and 5,000m) and the Miami 3K steeplechase outdoor record of 8:27.41 he set as a senior. He was a two-time All-American as a RedHawk, earning the honor in outdoor track in 2006 by placing sixth at the NCAA Championships in the 5,000m and for the 2005 cross country season by placing 26th at the NCAA Championship meet. Huling won three Mid-American Conference championships in 2006 in the steeplechase, the 5,000m and the 10,000m, while winning the 2005 MAC title in the 5,000m as well. As a senior in 2005, he was also the MAC individual champion in cross country.