EUGENE, Ore. (KOLO) Senior Emily Myers, who holds six school records and has brought home countless medals, solidified her position as the best distance runner in school history Thursday night at the NCAA Track & Field Championships with a second team All-American honor after placing 13th in the steeplechase.
Myers’ time of 10:00.32 marked a 14 second collegiate personal record for the senior, shattering her own school record she set at the NCAA West Preliminaries less than two weeks ago. The time was also a fraction of a second, 0.3, behind the final qualifying spot for Saturday’s final race.
“This isn’t exactly what I wanted, but I’m still an All-American and that’s what I came to do,” Myers said. “I gave everything I had.”
Myers, who has been known for being able to hang at the back of a group and surge when necessary, stuck to a similar plan at Hayward Field. The Cabot, Ark. native was holding her own and in a good position when a runner in front of her fell coming out of a water pit with four laps to go. Myers, concentrating on her own landing, didn’t see the grounded steepler in time, having to move herself over the fellow competitor. While Myers was able to recover and put herself back into play, the setback would prove to be too much.
With 120 meters to go, the Mountain West silver medalist found herself in an all-out sprint for the final qualifying spot against the Mountain West champion from Colorado State, Janelle Lincks. While her effort fell just 0.3 seconds short, Myers earned the second team All-American honor as the 13th finisher.
Senior Nicole Wadden will begin the heptathlon Friday afternoon at 12:30 p.m. PT. The heptathlon can be watched in its entirety on ESPN3 via watchespn.com.