NCAA Championships

March 9-10 at Rose Hulman Institute, Indiana

Full Results

Amherst Results

Women 7th (tie) with 23 points

5000 Shauneen Garrahan 16:51.25 2nd
5000 Elise Tropiano 17:09.45 7th
5000 Heather Wilson 17:19.25 8th
Mile Shauneen Garrahan

4:51.43 / 4:56.10 Semis


DMR 3:36.5 McDermott-Murphy 11:44.91 3rd - School Record
60.2 Levenson
2:13.2 Millard
4:54.5 Garrahan

All - American = Top 8 finishers


Meet Recap

Athlete of the Meet - Shauneen Garrahan'07

Looking to put the finishing touches on a great season, the six women who made the qualifying cutoffs went out to Indiana to compete at the NCAA's held at Rose Hulman. With one runner in the Mile (Shauneen Garrahan), 3 in the 5000 (Shauneen, Elise Tropiano and Heather Wilson) and the DMR (Caitlin Murphy, Carly Levenson, Maria Millard and Shauneen), the goal for the weekend was to return with a Top Ten finish and have everyone earn All-American accolades (finish in the Top 8). On Friday, Shauneen got her busy weekend started out by running a very smart race in the qualifying round of the mile and advancing automatically as she won her section with a time of 4:56.10. The night finished with the DMR and caitlin got things started with a big leadoff leg in the 1200, as she ran over 3 seconds faster then she had when we qualified and handed off the baton to carly after running 3:36 for the opener. Carly raced to a 60 second 400 leg and handed off to Maria in 7th place. Maria went after the leaders as she hit the 400 in 63 seconds, and was through the 600 in 1:36 and had closed the gap all the way to 4th by the time she handed the baton, after running a 2:13 800 leg. Shauneen paced herself, and by the 1/2 way point of the race, had moved into 3rd and would finish there, as the teams from UW Platteville and Tufts each bettered the NCAA record. The time of 11:44.91 that the team ran was good for a new school record, bettering the old mark by over 7 seconds. On Saturday, Shauneen - now on her 3rd race - raced on the shoulder of the race leader, Marcia Taddy, before putting in a big move to take the lead with 400m to go. The bold move left her as a target, but she was able to hold on for 3rd - just losing the runner-up spot at the line with a North Central runner - but running her 2nd best mile ever, in 4:51 and her 2nd All-American honor of the weekend. The 5000 closed out the weekend for AMherst, and it was a great way to finish as we had 3 runners in the race. The pace went out relatively controlled, as the first mile was hit in 5:31 and all three Amherst runners were within 1 second of each other and comfortably in the big front pack. Things started to spread out a little as the pace gradually picked up and Shauneen was now in a tight pack of 5 runners through 2 Miles in 10:52, while Elise Tropiano was in 7th through in 10:59 and Heather was leading the pack in the hunt for that final scoring spot in 11:05. Ellen Davis of Wesleyan made a big move with 5 laps to go, that would prove to be the winning surge, but Shauneen held her ground in the chase pack (all whom were fresh and not having run just over an hour earlier) and with 2 laps to go, Shauneen surged ahead of the pack and finished 2nd, running to a big indoor PR of 16:51. Elise finished 7th - her first ever All-American honor and also set her 5k PR, and Heather held off a North Central runner to grab the eighth and final scoring spot and earned another All-American award to go along with her XC one, as she also ran to her best time of the year. At the end of the weekend, the team had finished tied for 7th place with North Central, having racked up 23 points for the weekend!