EUGENE, Ore. — Michigan State’s Katie Landwehr finished her collegiate career as an All-American.
The Tippecanoe High School graduate finished 12th in the 3,000 steeplechase finals at the Division I Women’s Outdoor Track and Field National Championships Saturday at the University of Oregon, running a time of 10:25.54 and being named a second-team NCAA All-American.
Landwehr kept pace with the pack early from the outside, hovering near sixth place through the first three laps. But the frontrunners set a blistering — even record-breaking — pace, and the field simply couldn’t keep up.
New Mexico’s Courtney Frerichs won the race in a new NCAA meet and collegiate record time of 9:24.41, breaking the old record of 9:25.54 set by Colorado’s Jenny Barringer, set in 2009. Arkansas’ Jessica Kamilos was second in 9:41.28 and New Hampshire’s Elinor Purrier — who had the fastest qualifying time in Thursday’s preliminaries — was third in 9:47.71.
Landwehr ran a 9:59.77 in the preliminaries on Thursday night to qualify for Saturday’s final.
Akron sophomore Jackie Siefring, a Covington High School graduate, competed in the heptathlon, finishing 12th. She ran 13.91 seconds in the 100, 24.97 in the 200, cleared 5-4.25 in the high jump, jumped 19-7.5 in the long jump, threw the shot put 37-3 and threw the javelin 122-1 — which all put her in 14th place heading into the final event, the 800. She won her heat of that race, running a 2:14.57 to finish with 5,626 total points in the heptathlon.
Georgia’s Kendell Williams won the heptathlon with 6,225 points.
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