Busby Caps Career As First-Team All-American
June 14, 2014
Eugene, Ore. - Durell Busby of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee track & field program closed out his remarkable career by earning First-Team All-American honors in the 110m hurdles at the NCAA Track & Field Championships at the University of Oregon's historic Hayward Field Saturday.
Running in lane one, Busby crossed the line in 13.70 seconds for seventh overall. Oregon's Devon Allen, who also is a part of the Ducks' football team, won the event in 13.16 seconds.
With that result, Milwaukee finished the national meet with two points, the first time it has scored at the NCAA Outdoor Championships since moving to Division I.
"This has been a very special career, and we're fortunate to have been a part of it," Milwaukee head coach Pete Corfeld said. "Durell had so many special performances. Beside his individual greatness, he made all of us better in so many ways. He's for sure a first-ballot UWM Hall of Fame inductee when he's eligible.
"Durell has been such an outstanding representative for UWM. We're just going to enjoy this moment, because it is very special for Durell and the program."
"He made it to the big show and he performed."
Busby qualified for Saturday's final by grabbing the eighth and final qualifying spot in the semifinal field of 24 with a qualifying time of 13.75 seconds. He was the top Horizon League finisher at the meet.
In 2012, Busby finished 12th in the same event at nationals to earn Second-Team All-American honors.
This now marks the third time a Panther has earned All-American honors in the last for years on the national stage and it is the second First-Team All-American in Milwaukee's Division I history. Cory Peterson finished sixth in the nation in the 1997 indoor 800m.
Busby now closes his career as one of the most decorated athletes in program history, with two Horizon League Outdoor Athlete of the Year awards to go with his 10 league titles, three league records and is a part of five school records.