<%@LANGUAGE="JAVASCRIPT" CODEPAGE="1252"%> 2007 Outdoor NCAA's

NCAA National Championships


May 24 - 26th at UW Oshkosh

Full Results

Team 4th with 41 points

Amherst Results

10000

1st Shauneen Garrahan 34:48.19 - Track Record

6th Heather Wilson 35:59.11

7th Elise Tropiano 36:03.56

 

3000 Steeplechase

1st Shauneen Garrahan 10:13.33 - Championship, Track and School Record & Olympic Trials Qualifier

7th Elise Tropiano 10:42.56

 

5000

1st Shauneen Garrahan 16:49.54 - Track Record

14th Heather Wilson 17:37.14

16th Elise Tropiano 17:49.30

 

400 Hurdles

5th Maria Millard 61.38 - School Record (61.44 in qualifying round)

 

800

10th Maria Millard 2:12.90

 

Meet Recap

The four women who made the trip to the National Championship meet truly left their mark, as they all came back as All Americans and by virtue of their success, they left the meet with the4th Place trophy. In what may one of the most impressive Championship performances in recent memory, if not in all time, Shauneen Garrahan won all three races in which she entered - the 3 longest events of the meet, the 10k, steeplechase and then the 5k. Following behind race leader, and pre-race favorite from Plattsburg for the first 23.5 laps at a very fast pace, Shauneen made a big move that earned her the first victory as she lowered her PR by nearly a minute for the win. Coming in behind her, and having executed their strategy to perfection, sharing laps and working through the pack, Heather and Elise grabbed their first outdoor All-American honors as they finished 6th and 7th. Maria, earlier in the evening finished 2nd in her section with a new PR to advance to the finals of the 400 Hurdles. On Friday, Shauneen captured her 2nd title, this time in the steeplechase as she followed the very fast opening 800 by the leader before settling into a battle with the Dickinson and Luther girls and she was content to follow their lead until around the 1000 to go mark before she took the lead and would finally run away from the rest of the field and now only win, but establish a new Championship record in the process as well as lowering her own PR and qualifying for the Olympic Trials. Elise, showing that she was just as tough, came through with her 2nd All American performance in as many nights as she finished 7th on tired legs. Maria keeping with the theme of "Amherst runners are as tough as anyone" ran in the qualifying rounds of the 800 but missed making the finals by .05. On Saturday, after having led the competition after the first 2 days of competition, the ladies stepped onto the track for the final time. Maria got the day started with a strong, gutsy last 100m in the 400 hurdles to grab a 5th place finish and lower her PR again - after having raced all three days of the meet. The final event for the team would see all three ladies racing once again, this time in the 5k. After seeing the pace doddle through the first 5-6 laps, leaving a whole pack of runners running 2-3 lanes wide, the race got started as the pre-race favorite from Willamette jumped to the lead with a 2:31 800 that opened up a gap on everyone except for Shauneen. She ran hot on her heels, and as they came off the final turn and entered the final homestretch, Shauneen put her head down and even after having run 2 victorious and hard races already, was able to summon some last little bit of energy that got her to the finish line first, capping an unbelievable weekend. heather and Elsie would finish 14th and 16th, as the slow pace, and lost of jostling - and not to mention the tired legs - were not favorable for them. After watching the 4 x 400 relay, and hoping for anything less then a Lincoln University victory, the team realized that they had in fact secured the 4th place position and came home with a very hard earned plaque. Not surprisingly, Shauneen would earn the Outstanding Performer of the Meet Award by virtue of her incredible thriple crown.